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lesotho hailstorm march 2018

Deadly hailstorm hits Lesotho, southern Africa

An intense hailstorm hit Lesotho's southern district of Quthing on March 14, 2018, leaving a trail of destruction and at least 5 people dead. The storm that hit the kingdom on Wednesday, March 14 smashed windows on many cars, homes and other structures, killed...

March 17, 2018

march 18 2018 dust model

Cold front to sweep North Africa and raise large amounts of dust

A cold front sweeping northern Africa will raise large amounts of dust in the days ahead. Airborne dust will reach central and eastern Mediterranean as well as southern Europe, including Malta, Italy, Greece, Turkey... It's going to get significantly colder...

March 16, 2018

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Hackett Financial Advisors: We’re going to have to come up with new ways of growing food

In a recent interview with AgWeb, the president and CEO of Hackett Financial Advisors, Shawn Hackett, explains why he thinks our civilization will have to come up with new ways of growing food over the next 5 years. "Things are happening that haven’t...

March 16, 2018

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Kick 'em Jenny update: earthquakes slowing, alert level remains at Orange

There has been a significant slowing of Kick 'em Jenny earthquakes between March 12 and 15, The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center (UWI SRC) reports. However, activity at the volcano has seen such lulls before, without it signaling the end of...

March 15, 2018

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Tropical cyclone expected to form off Northern Territory coast, Australia

An intensifying tropical low north of the Tiwi Islands is moving southeast across the Arafura Sea and is expected to turn south towards the north coast of the Top End on Friday. This system is expected to reach Category 1 tropical cyclone intensity on March 16 and...

March 15, 2018

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Records broken by 3rd nor'easter in 2 weeks, 4th possible next week

The third nor'easter to hit Mid-Atlantic and Northeast since March 2 brought blizzard conditions to parts of Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island and left hundreds of thousands without electricity. A new weather system will spread snow and ice from the West to...

March 15, 2018

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Tropical Cyclone "Eliakim" to make landfall over NE Madagascar

Tropical Storm "Eliakim" formed 02:00 UTC on March 15, 2018 east of northern Madagascar as the 6th named storm of the 2017/18 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season. Eliakim's current forecast track takes it right over northeastern Madagascar on March...

March 15, 2018

coronal hole march 13 2018

Solar storm mania makes headlines

According to many media sources, a massive solar storm is supposed to be ravaging Earth today. Some MSM channels, and several well-known alternative, went as far as posting fake news about a 'massive X-class solar flare hitting Earth' today. While at one...

March 15, 2018

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: March 7 - 13, 2018

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between March 7 and 13, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kick 'em Jenny, North of Grenada | Kirishimayama, Kyushu (Japan) | Turrialba, Costa Rica....

March 15, 2018

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Daylight fireball explodes over Oklahoma and Texas, sonic boom reported

A daylight fireball was recorded streaking Oklahoma and Texas around 21:16 UTC (16:16 CDT) on March 13, 2018. The object turned 'blindingly bright' before it disappeared and was followed by a sonic boom. Numerous residents across central Oklahoma and...

March 14, 2018

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Tropical Cyclone "Linda" forms between Australia and New Caledonia

Tropical Cyclone "Linda" formed in the Coral Sea, east of Australia on March 13, 2018 as the 7th named storm of the 2017/18 Australian region tropical cyclone season. The cyclone is expected to stay off the coast and generate large waves and dangerous surf...

March 13, 2018

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Landslide destroys 7 homes in Hrvatska Kostajnica, Croatia

Heavy floods and landslides are affecting parts of central Croatia two weeks after record-breaking snow paralyzed the region. At this time, the worst affected is the city of Hrvatska Kostajnica (population 2 700) where heavy floods and landslides resulted in the...

March 13, 2018

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Asteroid 2018 EZ2 to flyby Earth at 0.56 LD on March 14

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 EZ2 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.56 LD / 0.00144 AU (~215 420 km / 133 856 miles) on March 14, 2018. This asteroid has an estimated diameter between 13 and 29 m (42 - 95 feet) and belongs to the Apollo group of...

March 13, 2018

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Another significant cold outbreak threatens entire Europe

Both GFS and ECMWF models agree Europe is about to experience a significant pattern flip into much colder weather again. If the forecast comes true, this will be a second blast of very cold Arctic air to hit entire Europe in just 3 weeks. After a significant...

March 13, 2018

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Dzud kills more than 700 000 animals so far this year, Mongolia

More than 700 000 animals have died in Mongolia this year due to dzud, a brutal natural disaster unique to Mongolia where a summer drought combines with a harsh winter and vast numbers of livestock die from either starvation or cold. As of March 7, snowfall covered...

March 13, 2018

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A major tornado, intense hailstorm hit Caserta, Campania, Italy

A major tornado preceded by intense hailstorm hit the region of Campania in southwestern Italy during the afternoon hours of Monday, March 12, 2018. Local media is reporting serious damage and at least 15 injured people. A severe storm hit Campania's Province of...

March 12, 2018

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Increased activity at Kick 'em Jenny: Alert level at Orange, 5 km exclusion zone

Kick 'em Jenny submarine volcano is showing signs of increased activity on March 12, 2018, forcing authorities to raise the alert level to Orange. The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) has been informed of ‘increased activities’ at...

March 12, 2018

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CZ-3B rocket body re-entry recorded over Paraguay

The body of Chinese Long March 3B rocket, also known as CZ-3B, launched December 10, 2017, re-entered Earth's atmosphere around 05:52 UTC on March 10 over Paraguay, creating a spectacular show. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received just one witness report...

March 12, 2018

noreaster gfs model march 13 2018

Third nor'easter: A multitude of hazards expected from Mid-Atlantic to New England

A new low will form off the Southeast Coast by Monday morning and bring a multitude of hazards to the Mid-Atlantic and New England through Tuesday, including snow, minor coastal flooding and the potential for strong winds. This will be the third nor'easter to...

March 11, 2018


Single lightning strike kills 16, injures 140 in Rwanda

16 people have been killed and 140 injured after a lightning hit Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The incident occurred in the town of Gihemvu in mountainous Nyaruguru District in the Southern Province, killing 14 victims on the...

March 11, 2018

shinmoedake explosive eruption march 10 2018

Large explosive eruptions at Mount Shinmoedake, lava flow observed

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued new warnings for Shinmoedake volcano in Kyushu following a series of explosive eruptions on Friday, March 9, 2018. Explosive eruptions continued into March 10. A worker from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial...

March 10, 2018

queensland flood march 2018

Major flooding hits Queensland, comparable to 2009 flood event

A major flooding is affecting the North Tropical Coast of Queensland, Australia following four straight days of heavy rain. This flood situation has seen communities isolated, schools closed and highways cut, with overall flood impacts comparable to the February...

March 10, 2018

tornado thailand march 2018

Deadly thunderstorm, tornado hits Thailand

At least one person was killed this week in Thailand as intense thunderstorms swept across the country. The storm wreaked havoc in 24 provinces this week, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said. 14 of them are in the country's Northeast, 4 in...

March 10, 2018

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Bright flash, sonic boom as minivan-sized bolide explodes over Washington

A very bright explosion, believed to be produced by a minivan-sized bolide, lit up the night sky over British Columbia, Washington and Oregon around 03:15 UTC, March 8, 2018 (19:15 PST, March 7). The event lasted several seconds and ended up in a bright flash...

March 09, 2018

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State of emergency after landslide destroys over 100 homes, Peru

The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency for the district of Llusco in the department of Cusco last week after a massive slow-moving landslide destroyed over 100 homes and other structures. There are no reports of injuries and IGP said such events are...

March 09, 2018

mozambique earthquakes march 8 2018

Rare M5.6 earthquake hits Mozambique - Malawi border, followed by M5.2

Two rare M5 earthquakes hit Mozambique - Malawi border region on March 8, 2018. The first, registered by the USGS as M5.6, hit at 08:49 UTC at a depth of 6.4 km (4 miles) and was followed by M5.2 at 09:52 UTC at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The M5.6 earthquake is...

March 08, 2018

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Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 hit near the coast of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea at 17:39 UTC on March 8, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). This...

March 08, 2018

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Tropical Cyclone "Hola" heading toward Loyalty Islands

Tropical Cyclone "Hola" is strengthening between Vanuatu and New Caledonia as it heads toward the Loyalty Islands. At 09:00 UTC today, the center of Tropical Cyclone "Hola" was located approximately 300 km (187 miles) W of Port Vila, Vanuatu and...

March 08, 2018

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Research helps explain ongoing changes in geomagnetic field

Scientists from the University of Rochester used new data from sites in southern Africa to help explain recent and ongoing changes in Earth's magnetic field, best expressed by a deepening area of low field called the South Atlantic Anomaly. Their research...

March 08, 2018

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: February 28 - March 6, 2018

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between February 28 and March 6, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Ambae, Vanuatu | Kadovar, Papua New Guinea | Kirishimayama, Kyushu (Japan) |...

March 07, 2018

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Ireland had record cold February, below normal rainfall

Overall, high pressure weather dominated Ireland during February, Met Éireann said in their monthly weather summary for February 2018. Rainfall totals were below normal in many areas, while sunshine totals were above normal. After sunny, dry, calm weather in...

March 07, 2018

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Burst of monsoon activity hits Tropical North Queensland, major flooding concerns

Australian monsoon is entering a more active phase in the wake of significant rainfall and flooding in Queensland's Townsville and inland areas associated with a tropical low. Tropical North Queensland is set to produce falls of 500+ mm (19.7 inches) over the...

March 07, 2018

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Another nor’easter to slam the storm-weary Mid-Atlantic and Northeast

Another nor’easter will make its way up the East Coast Wednesday into Thursday, March 7 into 8, 2018, the second to hit the region in less than a week but much snowier this time, with totals expected to be over a 30 cm (1 foot) for some areas west of I-95....

March 07, 2018

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Tropical Cyclone "Hola" crossing Vanuatu before turning toward Loyalty Islands

Tropical Cyclone "Hola" formed March 6, 2018 near Vanuatu as the third named storm of the 2017/18 South Pacific tropical cyclone season. This system will cross Vanuatu over the next 12 - 24 hours and then rapidly intensify as it heads toward the Loyalty...

March 06, 2018

kirishimayama shinmoedake erupting march 6 2018

Explosive eruptions and ash venting at Shinmoedake (Kirishimayama), Japan

The activity at Shinmoedake volcano in Kyushu, just one of 20 Quaternary volcanoes making Kirishimayama volcano group, is at elevated levels since March 5 with near-continuous ash emissions and ejections of very hot material. At 11:20 UTC today, ash column was...

March 06, 2018

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Strong and shallow M6.7 aftershock hits Papua New Guinea

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit Papua New Guinea at 14:13 UTC on March 6, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 22.9 km (14.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 0 km. This is the strongest aftershock to...

March 06, 2018

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Mount Mayon volcano status lowered to Alert Level 3, Philippines

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) lowered Mayon Volcano's status from Alert Level 4 (hazardous eruption imminent) to Alert Level 3 (decreased tendency towards hazardous eruption) on March 6, 2018. The volcano's condition in...

March 06, 2018

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Mount Bosavi eruption rumors are making people flee, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea's aid agencies have expressed grave concern for people fleeing their villages due to rumors of a volcanic eruption at Mount Bosavi. PNG's Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and its associated ministry, Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship...

March 06, 2018

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Extreme cold results in severe agricultural damage across Europe, food prices rising

Record-breaking cold temperatures that hit Europe just before the start of 2018 meteorological spring, claiming lives of at least 50 people, are also responsible for severe agricultural damage. While the full extent of the damage won't be clear for quite some...

March 05, 2018

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Destructive tornado hits Faro, southern Portugal

A destructive tornado swept through Faro, Portugal on March 4, 2018, downing trees and damaging a number of cars and structures. At least 50 significant incidents were reported across the city, authorities said, adding it was a miracle that no one was killed. This...

March 05, 2018