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Historic flooding hits Louisiana: Aerial footage

A very slow-moving low pressure system dumped extreme amounts of rain to parts of central Gulf Coast states between August 4 and 13, 2016. By Friday, August 12, Louisiana was under historic flooding in which at least three people have lost their lives. Louisiana...

August 14, 2016

The Heavenly Storms - Supercell, tornado and lightning storms time lapse

This 4K UHD time lapse of some of the most beautiful storms from the 2016 storm season was produced by Pecos Hank. Hank compiled his recordings of incredible supercell structures, explosive storm updrafts, rotating mesocyclones and unbelievably beautiful lightning...

August 13, 2016

Historic flooding hits Louisiana: Parts of the state experienced a '1-in-1000-year' rainfall event

Heavy rain produced by a slow-moving storm started affecting portions of the US Gulf Coast on August 4, 2016. By Friday, August 12, parts of central Gulf Coast were under historic flooding. Florida was first to receive heavy rain, followed by southeastern Louisiana...

August 13, 2016

Croatia wakes up to coldest August 12 since measurements began

With record breaking 7.2 °C (44.96 °F), the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, woke up today to the coldest August 12 since official measurements began in 1949. Some 133 km (93 miles) to the SSW, the city of Rijeka broke another record for this day with 12.6 °C...

August 12, 2016

M6.1 earthquake at intermediate depth hits south of the Fiji Islands

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit south of the Fiji Islands at 03:29 UTC on August 12, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 75 km (46.6 miles). The epicenter was located 476.5 km (296.1 miles) SSW of Ohonua (population: 1 241), Tonga, 485.5...

August 12, 2016

Strong and shallow M7.2 earthquake hit southeast of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.2 hit southeast of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 01:24 UTC on August 12, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp7.3 at a depth of 0 km....

August 12, 2016

Massive wildfires in Portugal claim 4 lives, worst fire in years hits southern France

Wildfires that started on the Portuguese island of Madeira, off the northwest coast of Africa, on Monday, August 8, 2016, have spread dramatically during the next 24 hours and approached Madeira's capital, home to some 112 000 people, on Tuesday, August 9. By...

August 11, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: August 3 - 9, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes between August 3 and 9, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Brava, Cape Verde | Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia) ...

August 11, 2016

Nigeria on red flooding alert, more than 5 000 homes already destroyed in Kano

Nigerian authorities have warned residents of 11 states for imminent flooding after several rivers started overflowing on August 8, 2016. Although no specific dates were given, the warnings will remain in place through October and flooding is already very serious in...

August 11, 2016

Space junk: Garbage circles above you

Did you get an accurate weather report today? Watch television? Use a GPS? If so, give credit where credit is due: thank a satellite. These orbiting objects actually do even more, too. A few of their other jobs include creating maps, taking photos, providing global...

August 10, 2016

Slow-moving low floods the US Gulf Coast, Javier to enhance monsoon in Desert Southwest

An intense low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere in combination with abundant amounts of tropical moisture have brought heavy rainstorms to portions of the US Gulf Coast, from Florida to southeast Louisiana over the last couple of days. Ex-tropical...

August 10, 2016

A flotilla of CubeSats will be launched from the ISS to study Earth's thermosphere

A flotilla of 50 CubeSats, miniaturized satellites weighing an average of 2 kg (4.4 lb) each, will be launched from the ground and the International Space Station in the European-led QB50 mission to explore the little-understood region above Earth known as the...

August 10, 2016

Extreme space weather event that could have led to a nuclear war

For the first time, retired U.S. Air Force officers involved in forecasting and analyzing the extreme space weather event of May 23, 1967, collectively and publicly describe how great solar and geomagnetic storm at the height of the Cold War almost led to a...

August 09, 2016

Study finds unsafe levels of toxic chemicals in drinking water for 6 million Americans

Levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and other health problems - polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) - exceed federally recommended safety levels in public drinking water supplies for six million people in the...

August 09, 2016

Solar Probe Plus to fly into the Sun's upper atmosphere and touch the star

NASA's Solar Probe Plus mission has moved one step closer to its launch, scheduled for summer 2018, after passing a design review. After the successful review, the mission will transition to final assembly and implementation. It is the first mission into the...

August 09, 2016

Venus' early climate could have sustained life

New research, led by scientists from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, suggests Venus and Earth closely resembled each other during the early days of the Solar System, between one and two billion years ago. Venus, now the hottest planet in our Solar...

August 09, 2016

Strong winds and heavy rainfall threaten Baja California as Tropical Storm "Javier" eyes Mexico

After Earl lashed parts of Mexico with abundant rainfall and triggered numerous deadly landslides, another tropical storm is aiming the region. Newly formed Tropical Storm "Javier" is nearing the southern tip of Baja California Sur, and another spell of...

August 08, 2016