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Increased activity at Fuego volcano, Guatemala

Volcanic activity at Guatemalan Fuego remains high and has increased in the past few days. Frequent weak, moderate, and some strong strombolian explosions are reported, as well as ashfall in nearby villages. Ash plumes are reaching an average height of 4.5 km a.s.l.,

May 23, 2015

Continuous heavy rain ends drought in Texas and Oklahoma

Much of the high plains and south central regions of the continental United States have been unusually dry for some time. In particular, parts of Texas and Oklahoma have been in a drought for nearly five years until April and May 2015 when the weather changed to the

May 22, 2015

Heavy flooding in southern and central China: nearly 3 million affected, thousands homeless

Thousands have been forced out of their homes and at least 20 people were killed by heavy flooding in southern and central China since Monday, May 18. Heavy rains that started on May 13 have so far affected nearly 3 million are people.Between May 19 and 20, 173 mm of

May 21, 2015

Pacific Ocean off California coast turning into desert-like dead zone

It's anyone's guess why temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are heating up off the coast of Southern California. Is a natural El Niño effect occurring, or is there something more sinister happening under the blue ocean waters?Off the coast of California, dr

May 21, 2015

Record breaking rainfall: Extensive flooding ongoing in the southern Plains

The ongoing heavy rainfall all over the southern Plains has caused severe, long-lasting, flooding. Cars and homes have been swamped and at least one person has been reported dead. Late Monday night into Tuesday (May 18/19), 75.94 mm (2.99 inches) of rain fell in only 45

May 20, 2015

Indonesian Mount Lokon erupts, North Sulawesi

Indonesian Mount Lokon, located in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupted early Wednesday, May 20, 2015 spewing ash up to 3 km. A 2.5 km no-entry radius around the Tompaluan crater was established.The eruption took place at 07:20 UTC (14:20 local time) on May 20, 2015. At

May 20, 2015

Disturbed geomagnetic field: Brief G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm

Earth's magnetic field is still disturbed in response to continued presence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS), possibly combined with a transient feature originally expected for May 17. Between 12:30 UTC on May 18 and 12:30 UTC on May 1

May 19, 2015

Massive landslide hits Santa Margarita, northern Colombia

At least 47 people have been killed after a massive landslide buried the small town of Santa Margarita around 08:00 UTC (03:00 local time) on Monday, May 18, 2015. According to media reports, heavy rain caused the river Liboriana to burst its banks setting off the lands

May 18, 2015

Severe weather outbreak across the US Plains and Midwest

US Plains and Midwest are again experiencing severe weather outbreak. Preliminary reports mention at least 27 tornadoes on Saturday, May 16 (Oklahoma, Minnesota, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wyoming) and baseball-size hail.Severe thunderstorms are expected acro

May 17, 2015

Dolphin becomes Super Typhoon after passing Guam

Typhoon "Dolphin" passed through the Rota Channel between Guam and Rota on May 15, 2015 forcing more than 1 100 people to seek cover in shelters. It was packing maximum winds of about 177 km/h (109 mph) taking down trees, power lines and grounding flights on

May 17, 2015

Several eruptive filament structures observed in last 24 hours

Several eruptive filament structures occurred during last 24 hours as observed in SDO/AIA and GONG/H-alpha imagery.The most impressive was an eruptive prominence (EPL) from the NE limb and a connected highly active and partially eruptive filament from the NE quadrant.

May 16, 2015

Sprite season begins in northern hemisphere

Sprite season - spectacular, eerie flashes of colored lights that appear high above the tops of powerful thunderstorms - is underway, SpaceWeather reports. Because sprites are associated with thunderstorms, they tend to occur in late spring and summer."Sprites are

May 16, 2015

Typhoon "Dolphin" passes almost directly between Guam and Rota

The eye of Typhoon "Dolphin" passed through the Rota Channel between Guam and Rota shortly before 09:00 UTC on May 15, 2015. It's rain-free, 40-km wide (25 miles) eye appeared almost exactly within the channel with the convective eye-wall over Guam and Rot

May 15, 2015

Etna erupting on the evening of May 13, new lava flow

Following almost three-and-a-half months of total quiescence Etna's New Southeast Crater is again in business.Following mild Strombolian activity that started early on May 12, 2015, the activity diminished on the afternoon of the 13th and then became again more

May 14, 2015

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2 - Moderate levels in progress

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2 - Moderate levels is currently in progress due to continued accelerated solar wind speeds and enhanced magnetospheric activity. This activity is attributed to a well connected coronal hole located just south of the solar Equatorial plane, S

May 13, 2015

Very strong M6.6 earthquake hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A very strong earthquake registered as M6.6 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles) by Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 21:12 UTC on May 12, 2015 (06:12 JST on May 13). USGS is reporting it as M6.8 at a depth of 38.9 km (24.1 miles).

May 12, 2015

Filament eruption produces CME off the west limb, proton spike

A solar filament/prominence was observed leaving the west limb of the Sun around 02:20 UTC today resulting in a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). Although this CME has a trajectory which is away from the Sun - Earth line, and despite its relatively slow velocity, there was a

May 12, 2015

El Niño threshold reached in tropical Pacific

Today's update on the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) by Australian Bureau of Meteorology confirms El Niño thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.Assistant Director for Climate Information Ser

May 12, 2015

Another massive earthquake hits Nepal - M7.5

A very strong earthquake/aftershock measured as M7.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles) by China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) hit Nepal at 07:05 UTC on May 12, 2015. USGS is reporting it as M7.3 at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles.). EMSC is reporting it as M7.3 at a depth

May 12, 2015

Telica erupts spewing ash on nearby towns, Nicaragua

Nicaragua's Telica volcano, located about 112 km NW of capital Managua, has entered new eruptive phase on May 8, 2015 spewing rocks and gases and covering nearby towns with ash on several occasions.INETER has registered 30 small eruptions by May 11. The strongest

May 11, 2015

Super Typhoon "Noul" impacts Philippines, heading toward Okinawa

Super Typhoon "Noul" (Dodong) grazed the coast of northeastern Luzon, Philippines on Sunday, May 10, 2015 packing wind speeds of up to 250 km/h (155 mph) and leaving at least two people dead. Noul has significantly weakened since then and is now heading toward

May 11, 2015

Typhoon "Noul" (Dodong) rapidly intensified into Super Typhoon near the Philippines

Typhoon "Noul" has rapidly intensified overnight and has now reached Super Typhoon status packing winds of up to 259 km/h (161 mph) and wind gusts up to 314 km/h (195 mph) near Luzon, Philippines. Landfall is expected near Aparri. Noul is known as Dodong in th

May 10, 2015

More severe weather expected across Oklahoma and the Great Plains

More severe weather hit Oklahoma and the Great Plains this Saturday, May 9, 2015. Northern Colorado was evacuated due to heavy flooding, Rocky Mountains were covered in snow and tornadoes and large hail are still expected in parts of western Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma a

May 09, 2015

Subtropical Storm "Ana" becomes the first named storm of 2015 Atlantic hurricane season

Subtropical Storm "Ana" formed around 02:00 UTC on May 8, 2015 and became the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Hurricane hunter aircrafts thus began their first flights, a month before the official start of the season. Ana is the first

May 08, 2015

Homes destroyed in two tornado outbreaks in Oklahoma City

At least 12 people were injured during two tornado outbreak in parts of Texas, Kansas and Nebraska on the night of May 6, 2015. The Oklahoma City seems to have suffered the greatest amount of damage, 10 homes have been reported destroyed in Amber and 25 in Bridge

May 07, 2015

Very strong and shallow M7.1 earthquake hit off the coast of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M7.1 at a depth of 23 km hit off the coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea and Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands at 07:10 UTC on May 7, 2015. USGS is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 22.1 km (13.

May 07, 2015

Devastating tornado hits northern Germany

Northern Germany suffered extensive damage in a tornado outbreak on May 5, 2015. The eyewitnesses reported overturned cars, ripped up trees and severely damaged buildings.Intense winds have caused traffic shutdown, one person was killed and at least 30 people are report

May 06, 2015

Earthquake swarm recorded under Hakoneyama volcano, Japan

A rise in the number of volcanic earthquakes is being recorded at Hakoneyama volcano, 90 km SW of capital Tokyo, prompting officials to raise volcanic eruption warning to Level 2 on May 6, 2015. This warning means people should stay clear of craters.The increase in freq

May 06, 2015

Major solar flare reaching X2.7 erupts from Region 2339, CME produced

An impulsive, major solar flare reaching X2.7 erupted at 22:11 UTC on May 5, 2015 producing R3 (Strong) Radio Blackout. The event started at 22:05 and ended at 22:15 UTC. The source of this powerful eruption was old Region 2322, now numbered as 2339 and located on the n

May 05, 2015

Solar activity uptick - M1.9 solar flare erupts from the northeast limb (+ M1.2, M1.3, M2.6 and X2.7)

An impulsive solar flare measuring M1.9 at its peak time erupted at 09:47 UTC on May 5, 2015 from old Region 2322. This region is emerging from the northeast limb for its second transit through the Earth side of the Sun, and is now known as Region 2339. The event starte

May 05, 2015

Very strong and shallow M7.4 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake measured by Geoscience Australia as M7.4 at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles) hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 01:44 UTC on May 5, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M7.5 at a depth of 42 km (26.1 miles). According to Geoscience Australia, th

May 05, 2015

Large ocean swell hits Pacific coast of Central and South America

Strong waves are lashing the Pacific coast from Mexico to Chile since May 2, 2015. According to media reports, at least three people were killed, one is missing and hundreds had to evacuate from the coastline.One person was swept away in Panama by strong waves that prom

May 04, 2015

Tropical Storm "Noul" nears Yap, Western Pacific Ocean

Tropical Storm "Noul" formed in the Western Pacific Ocean on May 4, 2015 and is heading toward Yap Island, Micronesia. The system is expected to significantly intensify over the coming days.According to JTWC's warning issued 03:00 UTC today, Tropical Storm

May 04, 2015

Shallow M5.8 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand

A shallow earthquake registered by New Zealand's GEONET as M5.8 at a depth of 4 km (2.8 miles) hit South Island, New Zealand at 02:29 UTC on May 4, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M5.6 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).Epicenter was located about 30 km (19 miles

May 04, 2015

The end of peak oil? Audi invents way to create crude fossil fuels from mixture of air and water

German automaker Audi says it has developed a process for making diesel fuel out of nothing but water and carbon dioxide, laying the groundwork for a green, carbon-neutral fuel.Audi calls the diesel produced by the new process "e-diesel" and is trumpeting it a

May 03, 2015