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NASA's El Niño new animation study compares the 1997/98 and 2015/16 phenomenon

NASA's scientists produced a new animation showing the 2015 El Niño event unfolding the Pacific Ocean. Observed changes in the sea surface temperature (SST) vary greatly from those typical for the 1997/98 phenomenon; they are stronger and deeper. The La...

February 27, 2016

The Aurora Australis research ship successfully rescued after strong blizzard strands it on East Antarctica

The Aurora Australis, a polar research ship was left stranded on February 25, 2016, after an intense blizzard hit Mawson Station on East Antarctica, a day before. 37 people have been rescued on February 26 and 31 remained onboard to refloat the vessel. A 94-meter...

February 27, 2016

Rare triple waterspout caught on camera near New Orleans, US

A rare triple waterspout was spotted and captured on camera on Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans, US on February 23, 2016. The large central waterspout has two smaller ones spiraling around it. Video courtesy News24 According to NOAA, there are two main...

February 27, 2016

Impressive fireball events light up skies over Iberian Peninsula

At least four bright meteors, of which two exceptionally bright, were observed over the skies of Spain, Portugal and Morocco on February 19, 21, 23 and 24, 2016. A meteorite with a final mass of about 1 kg was later found in Cordoba. The source was fireball observed...

February 26, 2016

Severe floods affect Jakarta, traffic disruptions and evacuations reported

Torrential downpours triggered severe flooding in Greater Jakarta, Indonesia, and surrounding areas on February 25, 2016. Traffic disruptions and infrastructural damage were reported across the affected areas, and 40 people were forced to leave their homes in...

February 26, 2016

Tungurahua erupts sending ash more than 6 km above the crater, Ecuador

Ecuador's Tungurahua erupted at 17:02 UTC on February 26, 2016, sending ash more than 6 km (19 685 feet) above the crater (11 km / 36 089 feet a.s.l.). IGEPN reported there have been four explosions so far today. Ash emissions were observed traveling north-west....

February 26, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Yalo" lashes French Polynesia and Austral Islands with strong rainstorms

The fourteenth tropical cyclone is active in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Tropical Cyclone "Yalo" formed on February 25, 2016, at 03:00 UTC, about 600 km (373 miles) west-southwest of Papeete, Tahiti. The system brought heavy rainfall and strong winds to...

February 26, 2016

Multiple cosmic impacts affected Earth 790 000 years ago with major global consequences

A team of geoscientists from Heidelberg University discovered multiple cosmic impacts affected our planet with global consequences approximately 790 000 years ago. Researchers have dated the so-called tektites rock glassed from different parts of the world, which...

February 26, 2016

Impressive new map of the southern hemisphere view on Milky Way

The Apex Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL) has been completed, ESO announced on February 24, 2016. The survey resulted in an impressive new image of the Milky Way, showing the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere at...

February 25, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: February 17 - 23, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes from February 17 - 23, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Telica, Nicaragua | Zhupanovsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia)....

February 25, 2016

Russia's Sheveluch erupts in a 6.4 km (21 000 feet) high ash plume

Sheveluch volcano in Kamchatka, Russia, erupted on February 24, 2016, Tokyo VAAC reported. Based on the satellite data, an eruption plume rose to approximately 6.4 km (21 000 feet) altitude and drifted northwest at a speed of 46.3 km/h (28.8 mph). On February 24,...

February 25, 2016

Catastrophic storm damage across Virginia, Carolinas, and Texas to the Gulf Coast, 26 confirmed tornadoes, US

A deadly storm system which already wreaked havoc across the South and East Coast, killing three people, continued moving north, sprouting tornadoes, accompanied by intense wind gusts and dangerous thunderstorms. 5 more people were reported dead while numerous...

February 25, 2016

Greenland 'Warm Blob' surface water responsible for abrupt climate swings in the last ice age

New research shows a "warm blob" of surface water in the Atlantic played a significant role on the wild climate swings in Greenland during the last ice age. Researchers used the foraminifera fossils to compare the changes in the ocean temperature with the...

February 25, 2016

The formation of Zanzibar, East Africa

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of York have conducted the first comprehensive study concerning the formation of Zanzibar Island in East Africa. Researchers charted the history of sea level change, and the extinction of various animals,...

February 24, 2016

Ash plume and incandescent bombs ejected from Etna's NE crater, Sicily

An unusual eruption was observed from Etna volcano's NE crater on the morning of February 23, 2016. INGV reports several hundred meters high ash plume and incandescent bombs ejected above the rim of the crater. The video and thermal cameras of the...

February 24, 2016

Hazardous tornadoes wreak havoc across Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama, US

An outbreak of dangerous tornadoes was reported across Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi during February 23, 2016. 22 tornadoes were reported, and 5 were confirmed by the National Weather Service (NWS) so far. Extreme weather conditions claimed, at least,...

February 24, 2016

Mapping sea level from space using GPS reflections

New research conducted in collaboration between the scientists from the National Oceanography Center (NOC) in the UK and the University of Michigan and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, US, has utilized the GPS signal, commonly used for 'sat-navs' to map the sea...

February 24, 2016