Elena Ugrin

Elena Ugrin

Elena is a geophysicist currently working as a research engineer for a company developing underwater lasers, cameras and other equipment. She loves whiskey and Irish stouts.

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Campi Flegrei showing signs of reawakening, Italy

A new study suggests that Campi Flegrei, a volcano in the metropolitan area of Naples, one of the most densely inhabited areas in the world, may be near a critical pressure point which would reawaken it from its, almost 500 years long, sleep. In the course of a new...

December 22, 2016

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Heavy snowfall, blizzard to affect the West and northern Plains for Christmas

A strong winter storm is expected to hit the US West and northern Plains over the coming weekend. Heavy snowfall, sleet and freezing rains will likely cause traffic disruptions and delays across the affected regions. The winter storm, named Europa by weather.com,...

December 22, 2016

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Tropical Storm "Nock-Ten" to hit Philippines on Christmas Day

Nock-Ten developed on December 22, 2016, from the Tropical Depression 30W and became the 26th named storm of the 2016 North West Pacific season. Landfall over the greater Manilla area on Christmas is possible, although the intensity of the storm is yet to be...

December 22, 2016

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Stormy Christmas in store for UK, as Storm "Barbara" approaches

A spell of stormy weather is expected to affect the UK, starting on December 23, 2016, as an intense low pressure system is currently brewing in the west Atlantic. Storm "Barbara" will bring heavy rainfall and strong winds across the UK, especially in the...

December 22, 2016

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Tropical Cyclone "Yvette" forms near Australia

Two tropical systems are currently eyeing Australia, one of which has developed into the Tropical Cyclone "Yvette", and the other is a tropical low. Yvette won't affect Western Australia over the next two days, although landfall is possible after that....

December 21, 2016

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Search party for Earth-Trojans starts in February 2017

The University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission will utilize the data collected during its two-year long mission to the Bennu asteroid in an attempt to search for elusive Earth-Trojan asteroids. Trojan asteroids accompany the planets during their journey around the...

December 21, 2016

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Photon braking effect slowing down the Sun

In a breakthrough study, the astronomers from the University of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy, Brazil, and Stanford University, discovered a physical mechanism that plays a crucial role in slowing down the outer layers of the Sun. About twenty years ago, the...

December 20, 2016

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Deadly floods inundate southeast Spain

Torrential downpours which have been lashing the southeast Spain since December 17, 2016, have caused severe flooding. Five people died from drowning by late December 20, according to media reports. Over 400 mm (15.8 inches) of precipitation was reported in some...

December 20, 2016

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Heavy rainfall triggers deadly landslide in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Intense rainfalls which have been affecting south-central Vietnam since last week triggered a deadly landslide in Nha Trang, on December 20, 2016. At least two people died while ten others were injured. Since December 12, when rainfalls started, at least 24 people...

December 20, 2016

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Exotic particles as the Sun aligns with the center of the Milky Way

As the Sun made an annual alignment with the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy on December 18, 2016, the scientists at CERN carried out the first of a kind experiment to measure hypothetical exotic particles possibly emitted by the black hole. The...

December 20, 2016

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Severe rainstorms inundate central Vietnam, killing at least 24

Heavy rainfalls that have been affecting central Vietnam since December 12, 2016, have now killed at least 24 people and left numerous others missing. The highest number of fatal incidents was reported in the Binh Dinh province, where 16 people have been reported...

December 20, 2016

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Unseasonal cold wraps Tasmania, summer snow reported

An outbreak of unseasonably cold weather gripped Tasmania on December 17, 2016. Higher regions even reported summer snowfall while meteorologists predict the colder than usual weather in the state is set to continue. The snow blanketed tops of the Cradle Mountain...

December 19, 2016

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Intense winter storm hitting US, dramatic traffic accidents reported

An intense winter storm is currently affecting the east and southeast US with snow and ice. The system already caused widespread traffic disruptions and deadly crashes in the country throughout the weekend of December 17, 2016. According to latest reports, at least...

December 19, 2016

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Solar storms trigger Earth's natural thermostat

Scientists discovered what triggers the natural thermostat of our planet's upper atmosphere, responsible for cooling the air previously heated by the intense solar activity. The solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) can cause damage to satellites...

December 17, 2016

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Severe rainfall inundates San Francisco

A severe storm hit San Francisco Bay Area on December 15, 2016. Heavy rainfalls caused flooding in some areas. Widespread traffic disruptions and delays have been reported. Over 25.4 mm (1 inch) of rainfall was recorded in San Francisco in a 24 hour period. Northern...

December 16, 2016

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Florida and Cuba at risk for tsunami, new research reveales

Scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science discovered the large submarine landslides on the slopes of the Great Bahama Bank hold the capability of generating tsunamis and have already done so in the past. The...

December 15, 2016

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Polar Stratospheric Clouds form over Sweden

Polar stratospheric clouds, reported on December 9, 2016, over the skies of Kiruna, Sweden, indicate the stratosphere above the Arctic Circle is getting very cold. Polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) form from the icy particles in the lower stratosphere, in extremely...

December 15, 2016

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Heat wave hits Chile, one-hundred-year-old temperature record toppled

An intense heat wave is currently sweeping Chile. Extremely hot temperatures broke a hundred-year-old record in Santiago, as the mercuries reached 37.3 °C (99 °F) on December 14, 2016. An extreme heat alert for central Chile was issued on December 14 by the...

December 15, 2016

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Deep cyclone packing strong winds approaching Iceland

A deep cyclone is currently on the way to Iceland and is expected to impact the country with intense winds by late evening, December 15, 2016 (local time). Satellite images reveal a deep cyclone with central pressure estimated at 964 hPa, currently situated over...

December 15, 2016

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Record-breaking ocean wave height registered in North Atlantic

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) committee has announced a new record-breaking ocean wave height was established. A buoy stationed in the North Atlantic has measured its height of 19 m height (62.3 feet). An automated buoy situated between Iceland and the...

December 14, 2016

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Amazing high-resolution animation examines powerful 1997/98 El Niño

An amazing high-resolution animation of the largest historical El Niño has been produced by the scientists from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and the ARC Center of Excellence for Climate Science, Australia. A detailed animation which took 30...

December 14, 2016

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Another winter storm to bring heavy snowfall across the US

An intense winter storm will bring heavy snowfall, strong winds, and icy conditions to a large portion of the United States into the coming weekend. Dangerous travel conditions are expected, and drivers are urged to be cautious. The winter storm, named Decima by...

December 14, 2016

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Widespread damage after record-breaking Vardah hits India

Tropical Cyclone "Vardah" that hit Chennai, India, on December 12, 2016, is one of the strongest storms reported in the state over the last few decades. At least 10 people died and widespread damage, traffic disruptions, and power outages were reported....

December 14, 2016

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Vardah hits Chennai with unexpected force, 10 people dead

Severe Cyclonic Storm "Vardah" slammed into India on December 12, 2016. The significant weakening, expected prior to landfall, didn't happen, and the system hit Chennai as a Category 1 hurricane, with winds reaching 140 km/h (87 mph) and intense...

December 12, 2016

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Winter Storm "Caly" blankets US, major traffic chaos reported

Winter Storm "Caly" brought widespread snow storms across the northern US over the last couple of days, and is currently affecting the Northeast. Traffic disruptions have been reported across the affected regions, and at least one person died, so far. The...

December 12, 2016

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Intense flooding inundates parts of Jamaica

Torrential downpours have triggered severe flooding in St Ann and St Mary parishes, Jamaica on December 11, 2016, causing severe damage. In some areas, floodwaters were well over 1 m (3.3 feet) deep. According to Meteorological Service Jamaica, severe weather...

December 12, 2016

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Very Severe Cyclonic Storm "Vardah" about to make landfall

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm "Vardah" is moving toward Tamil Nadu and adjoining southern coast of Andhra Pradesh. The system will make landfall over the next 24 hours. Although it will weaken down somewhat prior to landfall, local flooding, damage to crops,...

December 11, 2016

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A new type of quasicrystal, unknown in nature, discovered in Khatyrka meteorite

A new type of quasicrystal was discovered in the meteorite which fell in Khatyrka, Russia, in 2011. The quasicrystal was never found before and the meteor appears to be the only known source of the unconventional crystal on Earth. The Khatyrka meteorite was found in...

December 10, 2016

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Extreme US rainfall events could increase up to 400%

A new research, conducted by the scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows the intense summer storms that produce extreme rainfall may increase by over 400% across portions of the US, including the Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast, and the...

December 10, 2016

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Stellar sea lions in the western Aleutian Islands threatened by extinction

The number of Stellar sea lions, Alaska's endangered population, continues to decline. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the recently conducted survey revealed the number of sea lions across Alaska is increasing, however,...

December 10, 2016

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Skywatchers alert: Geminid meteor shower to peak on December 13 and 14

The Geminid meteor shower will reach its peak on December 13 and 14, 2016. Despite the bright supermoon falling on the same dates, the numerous and bright Geminids are still expected to provide the skywatchers with a spectacular show. The Geminid meteor shower is...

December 09, 2016

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Intense lake-snow effect to continue downwind the Great Lakes

The lake-effect snow, affecting regions downwind the Great Lakes since December 8, 2016, is expected to continue into the weekend. A deadly pile up caused three deaths and several injuries in Central Michigan, so far. 40 vehicles were involved in a crash, caused by...

December 09, 2016

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Reconstructing ice sheet erosion dynamics of East Greenland

Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, University of Vermont, Boston College and Imperial College London have reconstructed the dynamics of ice sheet erosion in the East Greenland over the last 7.5 million years. The scientists have used marine...

December 09, 2016

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Tropical Cylone "Vardah" eyeing north-central India

Tropical Cyclone "Vardah" formed on December 7, 2016, in the southeastern Bay of Bengal. The, currently, slow-moving storm is eyeing the south-central India and is expected to make landfall on December 12. Heavy rainfalls, strong winds, and rough seas are...

December 08, 2016

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Final supermoon of the year to shine bright on December 14

The third and final supermoon of the year is approaching. The full moon will shine on December 14, 2016, near the Taurus constellation, and remain visible throughout most of the night. The Moon will reach its full phase on December 14, at 00:07 UTC. At the time, it...

December 07, 2016

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Large seismic swarm at Cayambe volcano, Ecuador

Ecuador's Institute of Geophysics (IGEPN) has reported increased seismicity at the Cayambe volcano, Ecuador. The heightened activity may indicate the volcano will become increasingly active over the coming weeks or months. Last moderate eruption from the...

December 07, 2016

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Cassini's new mission shows Saturn in a different light

The Cassini spacecraft has sent the first images of Saturn's atmosphere since the start of its new mission phase. The images reveal the planet's northern hemisphere as well as its unique hexagon jet stream. The newest phase of the NASA's Cassini...

December 07, 2016

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Southern Thailand under water, hundreds of thousands affected

Heavy rainfalls, affecting the southern Thailand since December 1, 2016, produced severe flooding across the region and claimed lives of at least 14 people by December 6. Over 582 300 people have been affected. Torrential downpours caused the rivers to swell and...

December 06, 2016

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Major flash floods inundate Sicily, Italy

Severe flash flooding was reported on the Sicily island, Italy, on December 6, 2016. According to experts from the Severe Weather Europe, the floods were observed in Syracuse and Augusta, Sicily on the morning of December 6 (local time), as the region was under the...

December 06, 2016

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Intense thunderstorm hits Sydney, New South Wales

An intense thunderstorm hit Sydney, New South Wales, on December 5, 2016, producing over 5 000 lighting strikes. Power outages and traffic disrputions were reported across the affected areas. The severe weather system wreaked havoc across Sydney. The BOM...

December 05, 2016