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Storm Eleanor hits Ireland, Galway experienced unprecedented floods, 155 000 without power

Storm Eleanor hit Ireland late Tuesday, January 2, 2018, producing extremely windy and stormy conditions across much of the country into Wednesday, January 3. Although some effects of Eleanor are still being felt in the country, a major clean-up is underway in parts...

January 03, 2018

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Life-threatening Tropical Cyclone "Ava" to hit Madagascar, heavy rain already falling

A tropical cyclone designated 03S, named Ava at 09:00 UTC, January 3, has formed east of Madagascar and is currently affecting Reunion, Mauritius and especially northern Madagascar where heavy rain is already causing problems. This system is expected to continue...

January 03, 2018

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Very cold Arctic air reaches as far south as southern Texas and central Florida

After breaking numerous record, very cold Arctic cold air reached all the way to southern Texas and central Florida on Monday, January 1, 2018. Freeze warnings are in place from Texas to the Atlantic Coast and up to the Northeastern US as another cold wave is...

January 02, 2018

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Storm Eleanor to hit Ireland, UK and France with powerful winds, thundery rain

Winter Storm Eleanor is heading toward Ireland, United Kingdom and France today. Very severe and damaging gusts, heavy and locally thundery rain as well as very high seas are expected late Tuesday, January 2 into January 3, 2018. Status Yellow wind and rain warnings...

January 02, 2018

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Storm Carmen leaves one dead, 65 000 without power ahead of Eleanor, France

Storm Carmen hit western parts of France on Monday, January 1, 2018, bringing heavy rain and wind gusts up to 130 km/h (81 mph). At least one person has been killed and 65 000 customers left without power in the third and strongest storm to hit France this winter....

January 02, 2018

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Tropical Depression "Agaton" hits the Philippines, 2 dead in floods and landslides

Tropical Depression "Agaton" made five landfalls since late Monday afternoon (UTC), January 1, 2018, maintaining its maximum sustained winds at 55 km/h (34 mph) and gusts to 90 km/h (56 mph). The storm is blamed for the deaths of at least two people in...

January 02, 2018

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Extremely cold temperatures across North America blamed for at least 7 deaths

Several blasts of very cold Arctic air affecting North America for over a week now are blamed for the deaths of at least 7 people in the United States. As long-lived cold outbreak continues across Canada and the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Northeast, New England...

January 02, 2018

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Very bright slow-moving fireball over the United Kingdom, over 800 reports

A very large, slow-moving fireball meteor was observed over the United Kingdom at 17:33 UTC on December 31, 2017. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received over 400 reports within 2 hours and the count now stands at 801. The event was as seen from...

January 02, 2018

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Night sky guide for January 2018 - Supermoon, Quadrantids, Blue Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse

A Full Moon Supermoon will take place early January 2 (UTC), Earth will reach perihelion (closest point to the Sun) on January 3 and Quadrantid meteor shower will reach its peak on January 4th. The best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and...

January 01, 2018

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Asteroid 2017 YE7 flew past Earth at 0.80 LD on December 30

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 YE7 flew past Earth at 0.80 LD / 0.00206 AU (~308 171 km / 191 488 miles) on December 30, 2017. This asteroid was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on December 28, two days before its close approach. It belongs to the...

December 31, 2017

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Series of Atlantic storms to hit Ireland and UK, Storm Dylan first

A series of low-pressure systems are expected to affect Ireland and the United Kingdom over the next couple of days. The first one is a rapidly strengthening Storm "Dylan," expected to track northeastwards close to Connacht and Ulster coasts of Ireland on...

December 30, 2017

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45% of Puerto Rico without power 3 months after Hurricane "Maria"

Nearly half of Puerto Rico is still without power three months after Hurricane "Maria" devastated the island, officials said Friday, December 29, 2017. 45% of nearly 1.5 million customers in Puerto Rico are still without power after a Category 4 Hurricane...

December 29, 2017

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US and Canada: Extremely cold temperatures continue, list of broken records

Extremely cold, dangerous temperatures will continue across much of the United States and southern Canada into next week, with heavy wintry precipitation continuing across the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies into Saturday, December 30. This cold blast is both...

December 29, 2017

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: December 20 - 26, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between December 20 and 26, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Kanlaon, Philippines |...

December 28, 2017

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Arctic air dominates US and Canada, record-breaking lows expected into New Year's Day

Large swaths of the United States and Canada are experiencing a prolonged period of extremely cold Arctic air and forecast models call for even colder air to arrive before the New Year's Day and into the first week of 2018. Conditions will also remain favorable...

December 28, 2017

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Tropical Cyclone "Hilda" hits Western Australia

Tropical Cyclone "Hilda," the third named storm of the 2017/18 Australian region cyclone season, formed Wednesday, December 27, 2017, and hit Western Australia later that day with heavy rain and strong winds. According to the Australian Bureau of...

December 28, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 YZ4 to flyby Earth at 0.58 LD on December 28

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 YZ4 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.00150 AU or 0.58 LD (~224 396 km / 139 433 miles) on December 28, 2017. This is the first known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since November 21 and the 52nd this...

December 27, 2017

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Numerous snowfall records shattered in Erie, Pennsylvania

A potent winter storm hit parts of the US Mid-West, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, dumping heavy snow and creating whiteout conditions in numerous locations over the past couple of days. In its wake, the storm left behind a perfect setup for intense and prolonged...

December 27, 2017

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Christmas star: Beautiful slow-moving meteor recorded over the Mediterranean Sea

A slow-moving meteor was observed and recorded falling over the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday, December 23, 2017. The event lasted about 14 seconds before the object disintegrated in a bright flash. "This beautiful meteor, which resembles a Christmas star, was...

December 24, 2017

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Very bright fireball over central Finland, sonic boom reported

A very bright fireball streaked across the sky over Finland around 18:06 UTC (20:06 local time) on Friday, December 22, 2017. The phenomenon was visible on the northernmost side of Lapp and southernmost coast of Finland. Experts said fireballs as bright and...

December 24, 2017

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Thomas Fire grows to largest in California history

At 273 400 acres (110 641 ha) on Saturday, December 23, 2017, the Thomas Fire has become the largest wildfire in the history of California. So far, it destroyed 1 063, damaged 280 and still threatens 18 000 structures. It is now 65% contained and the estimated...

December 23, 2017

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More than 200 killed, 100 missing as Tropical Cyclone "Tembin" (Vinta) hits the Philippines

The death toll caused by Tropical Cyclone "Tembin," locally known as Vinta, rose to over 200 late Saturday (local time), December 23, 2017. There are still more than 100 people missing, authorities said. The storm hit the Philippines on Friday, December 22...

December 23, 2017

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Increased seismicity and rapid caldera inflation at Sierra Negra volcano, Galapagos

Increased seismicity and rapid caldera inflation are being observed at the Sierra Negra volcano on Isabela Island, Galapagos, IGEPN reports in a special bulletin released December 22, 2017. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2005. The current inflation...

December 23, 2017

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Natural disasters loss in 2017 at US$ 306 billion, almost double 2016 loss

The total economic losses resulting from natural and man-made disasters in 2017 soared to US$ 306 billion from US$ 188 billion in 2016, according to a preliminary estimate by insurance company Swiss Re. Preliminary sigma estimates for insured global losses resulting...

December 23, 2017

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8 dead, 9 missing as Tropical Cyclone "Tembin" hits Philippines, next in line Vietnam and Thailand

At least eight people have been killed and nine are missing since Tropical Cyclone "Tembin," known locally as Vinta, started affecting the Philippines this week. Tembin made landfall along the east coast of Mindanao early Friday, December 22, 2017, with...

December 22, 2017

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Floods and landslides as record rain hits Hawaii

Several days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding on Maui and the Big Island, Hawaii this week. Heavy rains started Tuesday night but the worst hit Wednesday, December 20. According to NWS, Kahului Airport recorded nearly 67 mm (2.65 inches) of rainfall in 1...

December 22, 2017

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2 dead, 97 injured after M5.2 earthquake hits Tehran, Iran

Two people have died and nearly 100 were injured after a M5.2 earthquake hit near Tehran, capital of Iran on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. ​The quake hit at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles) at 19:57 UTC (23:27 local time) just 2.8 km (1.7 miles) WSW of Malārd...

December 22, 2017

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Bright fireball explodes over southern Norway

A bright fireball lit up the sky over southern Norway at 16:37 UTC on December 18, 2017 and was registered by cameras of the Norwegian Meteor Network through the cloudy skies. Analysis of videos recorded by the network and residents shows that the meteor started at...

December 21, 2017

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STS "Tembin" (Vinta) about to hit Surigao del Sur, Philippines, reach typhoon strength before Vietnam

Tropical Storm "Tembin," known as Vinta in the Philippines, formed late December 20, 2017, east of Philippines as the 27th named storm of the 2017 Pacific typhoon season. Landfall is expected over Surigao del Sur late December 21 or early December 22...

December 21, 2017

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: December 13 - 19, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 7 volcanoes between December 13 - 19, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Kanlaon, Philippines |...

December 21, 2017

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How cosmic rays produce clouds and influence Earth's climate

A new study published in Nature Communications this week reveals how atmospheric ions, produced by the energetic cosmic rays raining down through the atmosphere, helps the growth and formation of cloud condensation nuclei - the seeds necessary for forming clouds in...

December 21, 2017

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Solar activity cycle falls to the bottom 1.5 years earlier than expected

According to the Laboratory for X-ray Solar Astronomy of the PN Lebedev Physical Institute in Russia, the solar activity cycle has, by all indications, practically reached its minimum 1.5 years ahead of expected time. Given that the previous solar maximum in 2012...

December 20, 2017

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Death toll rises to 46 as TD Vinta nears Philippines, TS Kai-Tak threatens Vietnam, Malaysia

The death toll in the Philippines caused by heavy rain, floods and landslides produced by Tropical Cyclone "Kai-Tak" (Urduja) rose to 46 on Thursday, December 20, 2017. 28 people are still missing. Meanwhile, another tropical system has organized into a...

December 20, 2017

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Winter storm hits British Columbia and Alberta, leaving 2 dead, 75 000 without power

Heavy snow and freezing rain caused extensive damage to power lines across British Columbia and Alberta, Canada on December 19, 2017, leaving 75 000 customers without power. At least two people were killed in southern Alberta. According to BC Hydro, the hardest hit...

December 20, 2017

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Major eruption at Bezymianni volcano, ash to 15.2 km (50 000 feet), Aviation Color Code Red

A major eruption started at Bezymianni volcano, Kamchatka, Russia at 03:41 UTC on December 20, 2017. According to Tokyo VAAC, volcanic ash plume is reaching 15.2 km (50 000 feet) above sea level and drifting NE. In terms of ash cloud height, this is the strongest...

December 20, 2017

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Bright fireball over Lake Michigan, Wisconsin

A bright fireball lit up the night sky over Lake Michigan at 05:53 UTC on December 19, 2017 (23:53 CST, December 18). The event lasted several seconds. The American Meteor Organization (AMO) received 61 reports. The fireball was seen over Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio,...

December 20, 2017

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Severe thunderstorm hits Victoria, leaving 100 000 homes without power

A quick-moving severe thunderstorm accompanied by destructive, golf-sized hail and strong winds hit Victoria, Australia on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, leaving 100 000 homes without power. The Victoria office of Bureau of Meteorology said an extraordinary amount of...

December 19, 2017

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Rivers overflow in Malawi, flooding hundreds of homes and killing 6

Six people have been confirmed dead in central Malawi on Sunday, December 17, 2017, after heavy rains that started on Friday caused severe floods. More than 200 homes were affected and over 1 000 people left homeless. Heavy rains also hit the country's north...

December 18, 2017

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Fireball recorded blasting above Sochi, Russia

A bright meteor was captured streaking through the night sky over Sochi, Russia on Friday, December 15, 2017. Alexander Ivanov, head of the Kuban University laboratory of astrophysics, said the object was the size of a soccer ball, adding that it burned down 20 km...

December 18, 2017

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Heavy rain, severe flooding hits Oman

Heavy rain has been affecting northeastern Oman since December 16, 2017, causing severe floods and bringing traffic to a standstill. According to local media reports, as of December 18, three people were reported dead in Saham and Fariq towns and 120 more have been...

December 18, 2017