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Typhoon "Nuri" makes extra-tropical transition

According to JTWC's warning issued 03:00 UTC today, Nuri - the sixth super typhoon of 2014 - has now nearly completed its extra-tropical transition and is located approximately 240 km (149 miles) west-northwest of Chichi Jima, Japan. The system is expected to be a s

November 06, 2014

Increased solar activity continues with newly numbered Region 2205 now fully visible

Solar activity reached high levels in last two days and with newly numbered Active Region 2205 ('beta') now fully visible on the disk it is expected to remain elevated. This active region showed high flaring activity and Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) while

November 05, 2014

Five years of soil moisture and ocean salinity

The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) has orbited more than one billion kilometers around Earth for the past five years observing Earth's water cycle changes over the years. ESA's Earth Explorer SMOS mission was launched on November 2, 2009 from Plesetsk

November 04, 2014

Category 2 Hurricane "Vance" targets western Mexico

Hurricane Vance is now located south of Isla Socorro in the Pacific Ocean and is moving northward toward western Mexico. In its report issued at 21:00 UTC on November 3, 2014, NHC reported maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h (110 mph) with gusts up to 215 km/h (135

November 04, 2014

Moderately strong M6.5 solar flare erupted off the northeast limb

Another M-class solar flare was recorded around new region approaching from the northeastern limb. After M2.2 at 11:53, an M6.5 peaked at 22:40 UTC on November 3, 2014. The event started at 22:15 UTC and ended at 22:53 UTC.The actual eruption was probably much stronger

November 03, 2014

Rare fallstreak hole cloud observed over Melbourne, Australia

A rare fallstreak hole cloud was observed today over Melbourne, Australia, Meteo Europe team reports. Because of their rarity and unusual appearance, as well as very little exposure in media, fallstreak holes are often mistaken for or attributed to unidentified flying o

November 03, 2014

Kilauea eruption and lava flow update, Hawaii

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) said in their Kilauea volcano status update issued 03:42 UTC today, that the leading edge of the lava flow has not advanced since Thursday, October 30 when it was in a residential area approximately 155 meters (170 yards) above Pāhoa

November 03, 2014

Nuri became sixth super typhoon of 2014, heading toward Japan

Tropical Storm "Nuri" formed in the Philippine Sea on Friday, October 31, intensified into a typhoon the next day and started its rapid intensification phase. It became the sixth super typhoon of 2014 yesterday and is now located northeast of Philippines and s

November 03, 2014

"Vance" to become hurricane as it moves toward western Mexico

Tropical Depression 21E in the eastern Pacific Ocean strengthened overnight on October 30 and by morning October 31 it developed into Tropical Storm "Vance". The system is slowly organizing as it moves west-northwestward. Further strengthening is expected as

November 02, 2014

Very strong and deep M6.9 earthquake registered in Fiji region

A very strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.9 (downgraded from M7.1) on the Richter scale was registered in Fiji region on November 1, 2014 at 18:57 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 434.4 km (269.9 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.9 at depth of 471 km.Epic

November 01, 2014

Strong M6.0 earthquake registered south of Easter Island, East Pacific Rise

A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.0 on the Richter scale was registered south of Easter Island (Challenger Fracture Zone/East Pacific Rise) on November 1, 2014 at 10:59 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km.In last 30 days USGS registered 12 strong earthquake

November 01, 2014

Night sky guide for November 2014

It doesn't quite fit in a night sky guide, but this month might also be called "Rosetta's" month. After years of traveling through the solar system and finally reaching comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in August 2014, ESA will attempt humanity'

November 01, 2014

Tropical Storm "Nuri" formed in Philippine Sea

Tropical depression in the western North Pacific Ocean developed into Tropical Storm Nuri on October 31, 2014. At 09:00 UTC on October 31, 2014, Nuri had maximum sustained winds near 55 km/h (34 mph). It was centered about 391 km (243 miles) north-northwest of Yap. The

November 01, 2014

"Nilofar" dissipated over northeast Arabian Sea

The depression over northeast Arabian Sea moved northeastwards and weakened into a well-marked low pressure area over northeast Arabian Sea early on October 31, 2014. Moderate rainfall, squally winds and moderate to rough sea surge along and off Gujarat coast are

November 01, 2014

Largest sunspot of SC24 - Region 2192 - first rotation video and activity overview

Region 2192, the largest sunspot of the current solar cycle - Solar Cycle 24 (SC24) - has now started its farside rotation and will be remembered by ~137 solar flares (C-, M- and X-class) without any noteworthy Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). Though we covered all signific

October 31, 2014

2014 ozone hole update

According to scientists from NASA and NOAA, the Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak on September 11 with the size of 24.1 million square kilometers (93 million square miles). Overall, the 2014 ozone hole is smaller than the large holes of the 1998–2006 pe

October 31, 2014

"Nilofar" rapidly weakens into tropical depression before landfall

Good news for residents of coastal areas near Pakistan/India border. Once a Category 4 Cyclone "Nilofar" has rapidly weakened in northern Arabian Sea as approaching north Gujarat coast becoming tropical depression before making landfall. By 09:00 UTC on

October 31, 2014

Turrialba volcano erupts, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano experienced a relatively large eruption starting 05:10 UTC on October 30, 2014 (23:10 local time on October 29). The eruption lasted about 25 minutes and ended with a large explosion. The volcano rumbled back to life in 2010 after 144

October 30, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: October 22 - 28, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from October 22 - 28, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chiles-Cerro Negro, Colombia-Ecuador | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Mayon, L

October 30, 2014

Sri Lanka landslide leaves more than 300 missing

More than 300 people are missing after days of heavy monsoon rain caused a landslide that buried 150 houses in south-central Sri Lanka village of Haldummulla on Wednesday morning, October 29, 2014. The houses affected were in an area of hilly ridges particularly vulnera

October 30, 2014

Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar" reached its peak intensity

Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar" in Arabian Sea has likely reached its peak intensity. It is currently the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h (115 mph) with gusts up to 232 km/h (145 mph).The system is moving northward at

October 29, 2014

Scientists warn: Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan

According to a new study by Kobe University earth scientists, Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century. The experts said they analyzed the scale and frequency of volcanic eruptions in the archipelago nation over the past 120

October 29, 2014

World is losing 2 000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage

Salt-spoiled soils worldwide: 20% of all irrigated lands — an area equal to size of France. Extensive costs include $27 billion+ in lost crop value/year. UNU study identifies ways to reverse damage, says every hectare needed to feed world’s fast-growing popu

October 28, 2014

Lava flow from Kilauea approaching residential properties, Hawaii

Hawaiian Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone with elevated gas emissions. Currently, the June 27th lava flow is advancing northeast between Apa`a St/Cemetery Rd and Pāhoa Village Road. As of 02:30 UTC today (16:30 local time on Octo

October 28, 2014

Remnants of Tropical Storm "Ana" affecting British Columbia, Canada

After spinning just south south of Hawaii on October 17, producing high waves along some shorelines and prompting flood advisories what was left of Tropical Storm "Ana" hit British Columbia, Canada on Monday, October 27, 2014.Consequently, southeast winds were

October 28, 2014

M6.1 earthquake registered near Hihifo, Tonga

A strong earthquake measuring M6.1 on the Richter scale was registered in Tonga region on October 28, 2014 at 03:15 UTC (15:15 local time). USGS reports depth of 35 km (21.7 miles). Geoscience Australia preliminary report mentions M6.0 quake.Epicenter was located 129 km

October 28, 2014

Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar" intensifies in Arabian Sea, aims Pakistan and India

Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar" continues to intensify in Arabian Sea and is now a Category 2 storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 168 km/h (105 mph) with gusts up to 204 km/h (127 mph). It is currently moving north-northwestward at speed of 11 km/h (7

October 28, 2014

Sixth major solar flare from Region 2192 - X2.0 on October 27, 2014

Region 2192, now located near the southwest limb, unleashed its sixth X-class solar flare since it became fully apparent on the solar disk on October 18, 2014. The latest in series of its major eruptions is X2.0 solar flare on October 27. This latest event started at 14

October 27, 2014

Sao Paulo running out of water as intense drought continues in Brazil

Brazil’s Public Ministry acknowledged that the Sao Paulo water supply might only last another 100 days as drought conditions continue. The city with more than 20 million people is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years. The most intense drought

October 27, 2014

Kilauea's lava flow crossed Apaʻa Street, residents of Pāhoa ready for evacuation, Hawaii

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reports that the June 27th lava flow remains active and has moved downslope at a higher rate in the past few days (240 m, or 260 yd, per day). The flow front crossed Apa‘a Street at approximately 13:50 UTC on Saturday, October 25

October 26, 2014

Fifth X-class solar flare erupts from Region 2192 - X2.0 on October 26, 2014

The largest and most interesting active region of the current solar cycle - Region 2192 ('beta-gamma-delta") - erupted on October 26, 2014 with its fifth X-class solar flare since it rotated into Earth view. The event started at 10:04, peaked at 10:56 as X2.0 a

October 26, 2014

Impossible "neutron star" shatters theory

What is a neutron star? Astronomers tell us that these tiny yet massively dense objects form by gravitational collapse from the remnants of a massive star that has exploded. The theoretical neutron star was invented to try to explain highly intense bursts of energy from

October 26, 2014

Unusual Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar" developed in Arabian Sea

Low pressure area (Invest 90A) over the Arabian Sea has become better organized and developed into Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar". The system has the potential to strengthen to the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane before its Arabian Peninsula landfall.METEOSAT

October 25, 2014

Long duration X1.0 solar flare erupted from Region 2192

The largest sunspot region of Solar Cycle 24 - Region 2192 ('beta-gamma-delta') unleashed its fourth X-class solar flare since it rotated onto the Earth side of the Sun on October 25, 2014. The event lasted more than 1 hour. It started at 16:55, peaked at 17:08

October 25, 2014

European weather during September 2014 by METEOSAT

September in Europe started with the remnants of Hurricane "Cristobal", and there were several heavy rain episodes during the month - in Nuremburg, Germany on September 7, in Austria on September 12 and in Sweden on September 21 and 22.Southern France suffered

October 25, 2014