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Next-generation space weather forecasts, DSCOVR ready to replace ACE on July 27

NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory - DSCOVR - has completed instrument validation after reaching the first sun-Earth Lagrange point (L1), approximately 1.6 million km (1 million miles) from Earth, and is ready to go operational on July 27, 2016, taking over...

June 24, 2016

Significant flooding in West Virginia, state of emergency declared

Powerful storms that swept through parts of the US Midwest starting Wednesday, June 22, have now moved east over the Mid-Atlantic states and caused significant flash flooding in parts of West Virginia. Mudslides, rockslides, and flooding damaged homes, businesses,...

June 24, 2016

New dark spot discovered on Neptune

A new dark spot, dark vortex in the atmosphere, has been discovered on Neptune and confirmed this month by the Hubble Space Telescope. Though similar features were seen during the Voyager 2 flyby of Neptune in 1989 and by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994, this...

June 23, 2016

Increased activity observed at Calbuco volcano, alert level raised to Yellow, Chile

During the last three days, there has been an increase in seismic activity at Chile's Calbuco volcano. A total of 161 volcano-tectonic (VT) earthquakes was recorded at distances between 1 to 4 km (0.62 to 2.5 miles) NW of the crater and between 8 and 10 km (5...

June 23, 2016

Powerful tornado rips through Yancheng city, eastern China, leaving 51 dead

A powerful tornado accompanied by heavy rainfall and hailstones hit northern Jiangsu, eastern China at 06:30 UTC on Thursday, June 23, 2016, destroying houses, overturning cars and flattening power lines. As of 12:30 UTC, there were 51 reported deaths. This made the...

June 23, 2016

Strongest seismic unrest under the Cayambe volcano since 1995, Ecuador

Ecuador's Instituto Geofisico (IG) reports a sharp increase in seismicity under the Cayambe volcano this month. It became more evident in the middle of June, but at the moment, the seismicity tends to decrease. The last known eruption of this volcano in 1786....

June 23, 2016

Negative polarity CH HSS drives isolated periods of geomagnetic storming

Solar wind parameters reflected a brief enhancement associated with the arrival of a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) and subsequent negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) late June 22, 2016. A gradual increase in solar wind speeds began after...

June 23, 2016

Surge of lightning deaths in Bangladesh, 261 so far this year

South Asian country of Bangladesh is experiencing a surge of lightning deaths this year. As of June 22, 2016, 261 people have died from lightning, placing the country on track to beat last year’s 265 deaths. A similar surge is reported in the neighboring...

June 23, 2016

Severe thunderstorms, flash floods hit western Europe

Severe thunderstorms have hit parts of the western Europe on June 23, 2016, flooding streets, homes, businesses, and disrupting public transport. In the UK, a red "immediate action" warnings are in place for areas of Essex and London. Around a month's...

June 23, 2016

Severe weather outbreak from US Midwest to Mid-Atlantic, powerful storms sweep through Illinois

A severe weather outbreak is currently in progress from the US Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic. After ripping through Illinois on June 22 and 23, strong storms will continue impacting portions of the Midwest and Ohio River Valley before quickly spreading towards the...

June 23, 2016

Juno's arrival is getting closer

On the fourth of July, many Americans will be looking skyward in celebration of their nation’s independence. On the same date, NASA, and astronomers worldwide will also look skyward in celebration of another great achievement – Juno’s arrival to...

June 22, 2016

Severe storms, lightning kill over 100 people in India

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain lashed northern and eastern India on Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22, 2016, killing more than 100 people, officials said today. Deaths were reported from the four states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and...

June 22, 2016

Noctilucent clouds in motion

On the night of June 21, 2016, photographer Derek Mellott from the town of Gibbons, Alberta, Canada recorded this fantastic display of noctilucent clouds (NLCs). "They were the brightest I have ever seen," he said. "It seemed like a good time to...

June 22, 2016

Increased activity at San Miguel (Chaparrastique) volcano, El Salvador

El Salvador's San Miguel volcano is currently experiencing increased seismic unrest and strong degassing. The last major eruption of this volcano took place on December 29, 2013. Seismicity under the volcano sharply increased on June 13, 2016, and was followed...

June 21, 2016

Strong and deep M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of New Ireland, P.N.G.

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near the coast of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea at 17:12 UTC on June 21, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 365.3 km (227 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.2 at a depth of 367 km....

June 21, 2016

Tropical Storm "Danielle" makes Mexico landfall

Tropical Storm "Danielle" made landfall close to the Tuxpan city, Mexico's state of Veracruz around 00:00 UTC on June 21 (20:00 EDT, June 20), with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (40 mph). Eastern Mexico was already under heavy rain at the time of...

June 21, 2016

Record-breaking rainfall triggers deadly landslides across quake-shaken Kumamoto, Japan

Record-breaking rainfall brought by a low pressure front has hit parts of quake-shaken Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan on June 20 and 21, 2016, causing floods and numerous landslides. As of early June 21, four people have been found dead. Meteorologists warn more...

June 21, 2016

Electric fields around Venus stripped its atmosphere of water components

Scientists using data obtained by ESA's Venus Express have discovered a strong electric field around the planet Venus. Venus' electric field is at least 5 - 10 times stronger than Earth's and it seems it played a crucial part in removing water components...

June 20, 2016

65.3 million displaced in 2015

Global forced displacement has escalated sharply in 2015, reaching the highest level ever recorded and representing immense human suffering. By the end of the year, 65.3 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict,...

June 20, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Vanuatu at 09:47 UTC on June 19, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.6 km (8.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 0 km. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

June 19, 2016

Severe flash floods, landslides wreak havoc across Central Java, Indonesia

Torrential rainfall since Saturday, June 18, 2016, has triggered severe flooding and mud avalanches across Central Java, Indonesia. At least 24 people have been killed, with 26 still missing, officials said Sunday. Thousands of homes have been inundated in Central...

June 19, 2016

Powerful storm sweeps through Poland

A deep area of low pressure moved over Poland on Friday, June 17, 2016, causing severe damage across the country and claiming lives of four people. 28 people were injured. The storm brought hurricane-force winds, uprooted thousands of trees and damaged power lines....

June 18, 2016

Kanlaon erupts sending a plume of steam up to 5.3 km a.s.l., Philippines

A series of steam and ash eruptions occurred at the active crater of Kanlaon volcano in the central Philippines starting at 01:19 UTC on June 18, 2016. Based on visual observations, the eruption lasted for around 27 minutes. The first event was a steam and ash...

June 18, 2016

California's Sherpa Fire almost triples in size overnight, state of emergency declared

More than 1 200 firefighters are battling the so-called Sherpa Fire in California's Santa Barbara County after it almost tripled in size overnight Friday, June 17, to more than 4 000 acres. As of mid-Friday, the fire was only 5% contained; one outbuilding has...

June 17, 2016

Strong eruption of Santa Maria's Santiaguito sends ash to 5 km a.s.l., Guatemala

A strong explosion occurred at Santa Maria's Santiaguito lava-dome complex, Guatemala at 15:15 UTC on June 17, 2016. INSIVUMEH reported the eruption sent volcanic ash 5 km (16 500 feet) above sea level. The ash is drifting west. Pyroclastic flows descended the...

June 17, 2016

Above normal 2016 Southwest Monsoon season expected

India's Meteorological Department declared the arrival of the of the 2016 Southwest Monsoon over the state of Kerala on June 8, 2016. The agency has announced earlier it is expecting an above normal season, easing fears over farm and economic growth after two...

June 17, 2016

New spike in volcanic activity at Turrialba, Costa Rica

A new spike in the activity of Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano, located some 50 km (31 miles) east of capital San José, was recorded on June 16, 2016. Strong tremors, caused by the passage of fluids (gas, water or magma) through the interior of the...

June 17, 2016

Significant increase in frequency and intensity of sandstorms in the Middle East over the past 15 years

A significant increase in frequency and the intensity of sand and dust storms has been observed in the Middle East over the past 15 years. Although the Middle East has been the worst hit, with Iran and Kuwait the most affected, meteorologists say they are now also...

June 17, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: June 8 - 14, 2016

Between June 8 and 14, 2016, new activity was observed at 4 volcanoes. Ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Kerinci, Indonesia | Santa Maria, Guatemala | Turrialba, Costa Rica....

June 16, 2016

Newly discovered asteroid 2016 HO3 is Earth's new quasi-satellite

Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii has discovered Earth's new quasi-satellite. Designated as 2016 HO3, this newly discovered near-Earth object has been our planet's constant companion for almost a century. The asteroid is too...

June 16, 2016

Egg-sized hail hits Changzhi, more than 18 000 cars damaged, China

A heavy hailstorm struck the prefecture-level city of Changzhi in Shanxi Province, North China on Monday, June 13, 2016. The largest hailstones were more than 45 mm (1.7 inches) in diameter. More than 18 000 cars that parked outdoors were damaged in the storm that...

June 15, 2016

New lava flow at Kilauea volcano remains active, advances southeast

After a sudden lava surge on May 24, 2016, a new lava flow was formed at Hawaiian Kilauea volcano. The flow remains active, as of June 16, but currently poses no threat to nearby communities. As of June 10, the so-called 'June 27th' lava flow northeast of...

June 15, 2016

Geoeffective coronal hole, geomagnetic storm in progress

A co-rotating interaction region (CIR) - the transition zone between slow- and fast-moving streams of solar wind - has hit Earth's magnetic field on June 14, 2016, sparking geomagnetic storms. As of 19:55 UTC, a G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm is in progress and...

June 14, 2016

What experts are saying about asteroid mining

Look into the heavens at night. You see twinkling stars, maybe the crescent moon. What else is out there that we can’t see with the naked eye? Other planets and moons, comets, meteors, asteroids, miners… wait, what? Ok, there aren’t any miners in...

June 14, 2016

M6.2 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Vanuatu

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Vanuatu at 13:49 UTC on June 14, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 131.7 km (81.8 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mb6.3 at a depth of 99 km (61.5 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

June 14, 2016

North Atlantic cooling suggests climate is about to change over much of the northern hemisphere

Based on the observations of ocean heat content in the North Atlantic Ocean, the climate in the northern hemisphere is on the verge of a change that could last for several decades. This change is associated with the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO)1 - a mode...

June 14, 2016

Klyuchevskoy erupts sending ash up to 6 km, Russia

Russia's Klyuchevskoy volcano erupted late June 13, 2016, sending a column of smoke and ash high into the sky. At 22:09 UTC, a plume of ash reached an altitude of 5 - 6 km (16 400 - 19 680 feet) above sea level. At of 21:29 UTC, ash plume extended 47 km (29...

June 14, 2016

Inside intriguing dust storm over Dori, Burkina Faso

Serge Bayala of the ACMAD-MESA Climate Services recorded this massive dust storm on May 23, 2016, at the periphery of a migrating low pressure cell arriving at Dori, the capital of Sahel Region, Burkina Faso. The video starts as Bayala and Diasso Ulrich approach the...

June 14, 2016

Moderately strong eruption of Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano

A moderately strong eruption was registered at Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano at 16:17 UTC on June 12, 2016. The eruption produced a mushroom-shaped ash cloud that rose up to 2.5 km (8 202 feet) over the crater and dispersed to the west. This is 7.9 km (26...

June 13, 2016

Unseasonal, record-breaking rainfall floods Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga was hit by an exceptionally heavy, unseasonal rainfall and very strong winds on June 10 and 11, 2016, causing heavy flooding in the Pacific nation and turning the capital Nuku’alofa in a city of lakes. The severe weather, brought by the...

June 13, 2016