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Vigorous steam degassing observed at Pavlof volcano, Aviation Color Code increased to Orange, Alaska

Vigorous steam degassing was observed at Alaska's Pavlof volcano in web camera images from Cold Bay (65 km / 35 miles SW) and Black Hills (35 km / 20 miles NNE) on July 28, 2016. Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) has increased the Aviation Color Code and the...

July 28, 2016

WMO's ENSO Update: Weak La Niña may develop

A La Niña event may develop in the third quarter of this year, but it is likely to be weak, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported in its ENSO Update published July 28, 2016. The event is not expected to match up to the moderate to strong La...

July 28, 2016

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot heats planet’s upper atmosphere

Researchers from Boston University's (BU) Center for Space Physics report that Jupiter's Great Red Spot may provide the mysterious source of energy required to heat the planet's upper atmosphere to the unusually high values observed. The work, led by Dr...

July 28, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: July 20 - 26, 2016

Between July 22 and 26, 2016, new activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes. Ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia), Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia), Kilauea, Hawaiian...

July 28, 2016

Fiery re-entry of Chinese space junk over Western US

A slow moving bright streak of light burst across the night sky over California, Utah and Nevada around 21:36 PTD on Wednesday, July 27 (04:36 UTC on July 28). Images and videos of the event immediately sent social media into a frenzy. The event, caused by space...

July 28, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Aisen, Chile

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit off the coast of Aisen, Chile at 01:25 UTC on July 27, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). CSN Chile is reporting Mw6.0 at a depth of 14.6 km (9 miles). According to the USGS, the...

July 27, 2016

Powerful eruption of Sakurajima spews smoke 6 km a.s.l. in the first such eruption since August 2013

After 3 calm weeks, Japan's Mount Sakurajima erupted violently at 15:02 UTC on July 25, 2016 (00:02 JST on July 26), spewing ash from its Showa Crater 6 km (20 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Tokyo VAAC. The plume was extending to the SW. It was the...

July 26, 2016

Shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near Manus Island, Papua New Guinea

A strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake (USGS) was registered near Manus Island, Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea at 19:38 UTC on July 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 7.3 km (4.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.5 at a depth of 0 km. According...

July 25, 2016

M6.1 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Atacama, Chile

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Atacama, Chile at 17:26 UTC on July 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 71.6 km (44.5 miles). CSN Chile is reporting Mw6.1 at a depth of 77.7 km (48.3 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

July 25, 2016

Spotless Sun heralds Solar Minimum after CME producing Region 2567 departs

After Active Region 2567, the source of 7 M-class and numerous C-class solar flares between July 21 and 24, rotated away from the visible disk, our Earth facing Sun is again spotless. This is the third 'spotless Sun' since June 3, and although it is a...

July 25, 2016

Darby hits Hawaii, Frank swirls near Mexico, Georgette becomes a hurricane

As of 12:00 UTC on July 25, 2016, there are 3 active tropical systems in the central and eastern Pacific - Tropical Storm "Darby", Tropical Storm "Frank" and Hurricane "Georgette". While Darby hit Hawaii over the weekend and is still...

July 25, 2016

Sand Fire: Major California wildfire explodes over the weekend

A wildfire that started on July 22 in the mountains of the Santa Clarita Valley, Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles, California has exploded over the weekend, scorching more than 13 300 hectares (33 000 acres) by early morning UTC on July 25, 2016....

July 25, 2016

Middle East breaks all-time maximum temperature records with 54 °C (129.2 °F)

Maximum daily temperatures across much of the Middle East have reached extreme levels this week, with numerous all-time records broken. On July 21, Kuwait has set the 'most reliable' eastern hemisphere's all-time maximum temperature record at 54 °C...

July 24, 2016

3 strong M-class solar flares erupt from Region 2567, CME produced

Three strong solar flares erupted from Active Region 2567 early on July 23, 2016 - M5.0, M7.6, and M5.5. A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced during the third one, however, this region is not in a position to produce Earth-directed CMEs. The first flare...

July 23, 2016

Tropical Storm "Frank" forms, to pass near the coast of Baja California, Mexico

Tropical Storm "Frank" formed late July 21, 2016, about 455 km (285 miles) south of Manzanillo, Mexico, as the sixth named storm of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season. Frank is moving over warm waters and is expected to become a hurricane early on...

July 22, 2016

A full year of life on Earth as seen 1.6 million km away

On July 20, 2015, NASA released to the world the first image of the sunlit side of Earth captured by EPIC camera on NOAA's DSCOVR satellite. The camera has now recorded a full year of life on Earth from its orbit at Lagrange point 1, approximately 1.6 million km...

July 22, 2016

Extreme heat triggers heavy thunderstorms, UK

Colloquially, British summer is described as three nice days then a thunderstorm. It proved so again this week when the UK's hottest day of the year, July 19 (33.5 °C / 92.3 °F in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire), ended in heavy thundery weather in the...

July 21, 2016

First tornado in over 60 years hits Novosibirsk region, Russia

The first tornado since 1954 hit Russia's Novosibirsk region on July 19, 2016. It was Novosibirsk's first tornado in more than 60 years, but the third in Siberia in two weeks. The sudden storm caused flooding in Novosibirsk's metro region, city center...

July 21, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: July 13 - 19, 2016

Ongoing activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes between July 13 and 19, 2016. Ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Pacaya, Guatemala. Ongoing...

July 21, 2016

Two M1 solar flares, flurry of C-class erupt from geoeffective Region 2567

After more than 3 months without any significant solar flare, our sun produced two consecutive M-class flares early on July 21, 2016. The source was Active Region 2567 ('beta-gamma' / 'beta'), currently moving out of its geoeffective position....

July 21, 2016

M6.0 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Vanuatu

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Vanuatu at 15:13 UTC on July 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 164.1 km (102 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.2 at a depth of 200 km (124 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

July 20, 2016

Geomagnetic storm in progress

A geomagnetic storm reaching G1 - Minor levels is currently in progress following the early arrival of July 17th Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The interplanetary shockwave produced by the long duration C1 flare on July 17, initially expected to arrive early on July...

July 20, 2016

Faint, asymmetric halo CME combined with CH HSS to hit Earth's magnetic field on July 21

Although solar activity was at low levels on July 17, 2016, geoeffective Active Region 2567 ('beta-gamma') managed to produce a long duration C1 solar flare. The event peaked at 06:42 UTC, producing a faint, asymmetric halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)....

July 19, 2016

A 'big flame in the sky' over South Island, New Zealand

A 'big flame in the sky' was observed over New Zealand's South Island at 06:30 UTC (18:30 local time) on July 19, 2016. The object was initially considered a 'fist-sized" meteor, but, after further analyses, some experts now believe it was a...

July 19, 2016

Landslide crashes into wooden houses in central China

A ferocious landslide swept through a village in central China's Hunan Province on July 17, 2016. The slide destroyed all 14 houses located at the bottom of the mountain, causing traffic to be shut down. Video released by Chinese state media (CCTV) showed the...

July 18, 2016

Early season Abela forms in the southwest Indian Ocean, moving toward Madagascar

A rare tropical disturbance (01S) for this time of year formed southwest of Diego Garcia in the southwest Indian Ocean on July 16, 2016. 01S strengthened into a Moderate Tropical Storm on Sunday, July 17 and was named Abela. Abela is southern hemisphere's first...

July 18, 2016

Tropical Storm "Estelle" intensifies off the coast of Mexico

The sixth tropical depression of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season formed on Friday, July 15, 2016, about 595 km (370 miles) SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico with the estimated minimum central pressure of 1 007 hPa. TD 06E intensified into the fifth tropical storm...

July 18, 2016

Noctilucent clouds storm from July 12 - 14 over Denmark

You are not dreaming, you can see waves, shock fronts or waterfalls in the night sky! On the nights of the 12-13th and 13-14th of July 2016, Denmark has witnessed two very powerful and bright noctilucent cloud shows in a row. The brightest and broadest I can...

July 16, 2016

Arctic Alaska records highest temperature ever

The maximum daily temperature in Deadhorse, Far North Alaska reached 29.4 °C (85 °F) on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. This is the highest temperature ever known to be recorded in that area, NWS Fairbanks said. Although high temperatures were recorded across a...

July 15, 2016

Rare July snowfall closes several mountain passes, Switzerland

SwissInfo is reporting an unexpected July snowfall has closed several mountain passes on Thursday, July 14, 2016. According to the paper, the Säntis mountain in north-eastern Switzerland saw up to 13 cm (5.1 inches) of snow. "It is very unusual to see snow...

July 15, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: July 6 - 12, 2016

New volcanic activity was observed at 4 volcanoes between July 6 and 12, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Kilauea, Hawaiian...

July 15, 2016

Darby becomes the third hurricane of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season

Tropical Depression 05E formed on July 11, 2016, off the coast of western Mexico and strengthened into a tropical storm named Darby on July 12. By 21:00 UTC on July 13, Darby became the third hurricane of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season. Additional...

July 14, 2016

Study finds Alban Hills volcano near Rome is starting a new eruptive cycle, Italy

The Alban Hills (Colli Albani/Monte Albano), a 15-km (9-mile) semicircle of hills outside Rome, Italy was previously considered an extinct volcano. However, a new study finds the volcano operates on a 31 000-year cycle of eruption and dormancy and is now starting a...

July 13, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Kermadec Islands region at 12:11 UTC on July 13, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 12.4 (7.7 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.4 at a depth of 39 km (21.1 miles). According to the...

July 13, 2016

Hurricane "Celia" to weaken as it moves away from Mexico

Tropical Depression 04E strengthened into a tropical storm on July 8, 2016, and was named Celia. By Sunday, July 10, Celia strengthened into a second hurricane of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season. At 15:00 UTC on July 8, the center of Tropical Storm...

July 12, 2016

Typhoon "Nepartak" leaves 69 dead after hitting China's Fujian Province

Remnants of what was once a Super Typhoon "Nepartak" hit the coast of East China on July 9, 2016, bringing strong winds and very heavy rain to already heavily flooded region. It was the first typhoon of the year. Before it hit mainland China, Nepartak...

July 12, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Ecuador, school activities suspended

​​A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Ecuador at 02:11 UTC on July 11, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 19.2 km (11.9 miles). The quake was preceded, 10 minutes earlier, by a M5.8 earthquake at a depth of 17.4 km (10.8...

July 11, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Tonga region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near Tonga at 13:41 UTC on July 10, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 140 km (87.0 miles) NE of Hihifo, Tonga, 176 km (109.4 miles) SW of Apia,...

July 10, 2016

Bright Alpha Capricornid fireball recorded over Northern Africa

A very bright fireball was observed over Northern Africa at 21:05 UTC on July 8, 2016, and recorded by Spain's SMART Project meteor-observing network. The data collected by SMART network have been analyzed by its principal investigator, Professor José...

July 09, 2016

Super Typhoon "Nepartak" leaves a trail of destruction as it hits Taiwan

Super Typhoon "Nepartak" hit Taiwan on July 7, forcing thousands to leave their homes and leaving a trail of destruction. At least 2 people have died and 69 were injured, according to latest reports. Nepartak hit the eastern county of Taitung about 21:50...

July 08, 2016