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First snow of the season breaks 52-year-old record in Chicago

The first snow of the season blanketed Chicago on December 4, 2016, breaking a 52-year-old daily record for the region. The snowfall began in the morning hours and started moving eastward through the rest of the day. The Winter Weather Advisory was in effect from...

December 05, 2016

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Snow covers part of Hawaii, winter storm warnings in place

A snow storm covered parts of the Hawaii over the last couple of days and winter storm warnings have been issued for the island's peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on December 4, 2016. According to meteorologists, the circulation of a closed low situated...

December 05, 2016

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Supercell thunderstorms hit Queensland, 37 000 without power

Another severe storm pounded Queensland on December 3, 2016, producing large hail and major damage. Tens of thousands of homes reported power loss while numerous flights have been delayed. A system of supercells hit Brisbane on the afternoon of December 3 (local...

December 03, 2016

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River Cali bursts its banks, six people dead, Colombia

Severe flooding in the Cali city, Colombia, caused at least six deaths, as of December 1, 2016. The flooding in the Siloé district, Cali, in the Valle del Cauca was reported by the National Unit for the Management of Disaster Risk (UNGRD) on December 1, as...

December 02, 2016

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Extreme tornado outbreaks becoming more frequent in US

A new research suggests the frequency and magnitude of outbreaks of extreme tornado events have increased in the US over the last 50 years. However, the relationship between the events and the climate change is still not revealed and will require further research....

December 02, 2016

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Silent earthquakes follow major Kaikoura event, caution advised

The GNS Science, New Zealand has detected a series of 'slow slip' motions between tectonic plates in the lower North Island. The experts warn this may mean the chances for future large earthquakes have increased, despite the lower number of aftershocks which...

December 02, 2016

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Winter chill to spread into the US over the coming week

A cold winter chill finally engulfed Alaska, after almost two years of warmer than usual weather conditions. The cold will likely settle the western US over the coming week. -35 °C (-31 °F) was recorded in Fairbanks on the morning of November 21 (local...

December 01, 2016

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Severe floods and landslides ravage the Eastern Caribbean

A slow-moving low pressure field brought heavy rainfall to the islands in the Eastern Caribbean since November 28, 2016. The rains triggered severe flooding and landslides across the affected regions. St Vincent and the Grenadines have suffered the worst severe...

December 01, 2016

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West Antarctic Ice Sheet breaking apart from the inside out

A new study has found the glacier bounding the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is breaking apart from the inside out. The Pine Island Glacier, one of the glaciers which will probably rapidly retreat, forms an important part of the ice shelf of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet....

November 30, 2016

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Intense storm sweeps Queensland, thousands report power loss

An intense storm hit the southeast Queensland during the afternoon hours of November 30, 2016 (local time). Downed trees and power poles were reported across the affected areas, along with several injuries. The severe storm system swept the Scene Rim, Logan, and...

November 30, 2016

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Severe weather outbreak kills five in the US South

An intense system of storms battered the US South on November 29 and 30, 2016. Numerous tornadoes were observed across the affected regions, five people were reported dead and numerous others injured. A tornado was reported in Rosalie, northeast Alabama. According...

November 30, 2016

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Tropical Cyclone "Nada" approaching India, landfall expected

Nada developed into a tropical cyclone on November 30, 2016, from a tropical depression over the southeastern Bay of Bengal. The cyclone is approaching India and will make landfall in the eastern part of the country over the next 36 hours. Heavy local rainfall and...

November 30, 2016

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Earth's surface acts like liquid after deadly asteroid impact

A new research of a large 66 million years old asteroid crater, likely responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs and majority of other life on Earth, revealed how such impacts can cause a surface to behave like liquids, thus possibly providing habitats for emerging...

November 29, 2016

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Water reservoir detected 1 000 km below Earth's surface

Scientists have discovered water about 1 000 km (620 miles) below the Earth's surface. The discovery suggests our planet's mantle may contain much more water, and at much bigger depths, than previously thought. The water reservoir was found about one-third...

November 29, 2016

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Research suggests mega-earthquake could occur along the entire San Andreas fault

New research suggests a devastating mega-earthquake could occur throughout the entire San Andreas fault line in California, yielding far worse consequences than previously assumed. The San Andreas fault, 1 300 km (800 miles) long, was not considered capable of...

November 28, 2016

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Mega-earthquakes more frequent in flat subduction zones

A new study, conducted by the scientists from the University of Oregon and Géoazur laboratory, suggest the mega-earthquakes are the most frequent on the flattest regions of subduction zones, instead of evenly distributed. The research aims at contributing to...

November 28, 2016

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Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes to hit the South US

An outbreak of intense thunderstorms is expected across portions of the South US over the next few days. Heavy rainfalls, strong winds, and several tornadoes are possible. The thunderstorms will be fueled by the abundant moisture coming from the Gulf of Mexico,...

November 28, 2016

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World's biggest cluster of sinkholes found in Hanzhong, China

Geologists have confirmed that a group of 49 sinkholes discovered in the mountains near Hanzhong city of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province contains the largest number of such a rare geological phenomena in the world. The scientists took about four months to...

November 26, 2016

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Earth's seasonal gyration mass motion detected for the first time

A new research, performed by the scientist from the University of Newcastle (UON) suggests the Australian continent gyrates in response to seasonal mass change across the globe. This is the first time such a discovery has been made and it is expected to have a...

November 26, 2016

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San Francisco Millennium Tower sinking 5 cm (2 inches) per year

According to new data gathered by the Sentinel-1 satellites, the Millennium Tower skyscraper, San Francisco, appears to be sinking at a rate of a few centimeters per year. This and similar studies are aiming at improving the quality of monitoring of the urban ground...

November 25, 2016

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Massive wildfires ignite Israel

Several wildfires broke out in Israel on November 22, 2016, causing widespread damage and prompting emergency evacuations. The police arrested 13 people, suspected of arson, on November 25. The wildfires were reported in the Jerusalem and Haifa districts. A massive...

November 25, 2016

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Tropical Storm "Tokage" (Marce) makes landfall over the Calamian Islands, Philippines

Tropical Storm "Tokage," in the Philippines known as Marce, has made landfall over the Calamian Group of Islands and is causing widespread rainfall over the northern Visayas and southern Luzon. Tokage formed as a tropical depression on November 23 and...

November 25, 2016

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Unusual weather in Australia, snow falling days before summer

A spell of unusual weather was reported in Tasmania on November 24, 2016, as the snowfall blanketed parts of the state only several days before the arrival of the summer. Temperatures in Tasmania were expected to reach as low as 7 °C (44.6 °F), according to...

November 24, 2016

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Gustnados sweep Qatar

Several intense tornado-like occurrences were reported in Qatar on November 23, 2016. Numerous residents reported twisters in Doha, Al Khor, and Mesaieed. Although the sightings were at first considered as tornadoes, experts have explained the phenomena is actually...

November 24, 2016

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Otto is now the strongest Atlantic hurricane this late in the season since 1934

Otto, now the strongest Atlantic hurricane this late in the season since 1934, is on its way to Nicaragua and Costa Rica with winds of 165 km/h (105 mph). Landfall is expected within the hurricane warning area during November 24, 2016. Heavy rainfall,...

November 24, 2016

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40 tons of cosmic dust enters Earth's atmosphere every day

New experiments, carried by the EU scientists, managed to estimate how much cosmic dust enters Earth's atmosphere for the first time. The dust particles impact our atmosphere causing a wide range of phenomena, and further research hopes to address them. Dust...

November 23, 2016

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4000% increase in Oklahoma earthquakes induced by fluid injection

A record number of 907 earthquakes of magnitude greater or equal to 3.0 was reported in Oklahoma during 2015. A new study investigated the relationship between seismic activity and wastewater injection in the hope of aiding the regulators in reducing a risk of...

November 23, 2016

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Heavy rain, floods and massive landslides hit New Caledonia

Torrential downpours that have been affecting the New Caledonia since November 20, 2016, triggered deadly flooding and landslides in the region. So far, five people died, five others were injured, and 11 went missing. According to Meteo France, a depression combined...

November 23, 2016

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North Pole in the grip of extreme warmth, parts of Asia suffer frigid conditions

A recently performed temperature analysis shows the North Pole is over 20 °C (36 °F) warmer than over the last decades. At the same time, unprecedented frigid temperatures have been observed in parts of Asia, in a highly unusual temperature anomaly dipole....

November 22, 2016

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Extraordinary high pressure pushing a cold surge to Northeast Asia

Intense cold has gripped parts of Northeast Asia, causing severe temperature drops and gusty winds. Near record-breaking high sea level pressure was reported in northern Mongolia on November 21, 2016. Siberia, bordering with Mongolia, is the heart of the Northeast...

November 21, 2016

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Winter Storm "Argos" batters US, three people dead

The snowstorms from Argos, the first winter storm of the season, have blanketed parts of the US and claimed lives of at least 3 people. Heavy snowfall caused widespread traffic disruptions and power outages since the end of the last week. The snow and wintry weather...

November 21, 2016

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Storm "Angus" batters western Europe, widespread flooding reported

Storm "Angus" hit the UK with heavy rainfall, strong winds, and high waves on November 20, 2016. Widespread flooding was reported, and about 100 people were evacuated. France, Netherlands and Germany also reported severe weather conditions due to the deep...

November 21, 2016

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Angus, the first autumn storm to lash England on November 20, 2016

The UK Met Office has named the first autumn storm of the season. Storm "Angus" will lash southeastern England with heavy rainfall and intense southwesterly winds on November 20, 2016. As the strong low-pressure field, a Yellow warning for strong winds and...

November 19, 2016

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Tehran in the grip of unprecedented air pollution, over 400 dead

A thick layer of smog engulfed Tehran, Iran over the last week. The unprecedented pollution levels have set new records while more than 400 people were reported dead. The PM2.5 levels have reached values exceeding 150 micrograms per cubic meter, thus setting a new...

November 19, 2016

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Ice accumulations tilt Pluto and rearrange its surface

New research suggests the Sputnik Planitia basin on Pluto may have assumed its current location because of the change in the spin of the dwarf planet. The Sputnik Planitia is a 1 000 km (621.4 miles) wide basin situated in the heart-shaped region of the Pluto's...

November 18, 2016

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1st major winter storm of season blankets Northern Plains

Argos, the first major US winter storm of the season has already blanketed parts of the Northern Plains. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), further heavy snow accompanied with strong winds is expected in the region of the Great Lakes and inner...

November 18, 2016

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London's 1952 killer fog mystery solved

A new study finally revealed the exact cause of the 1952 killer fog which hovered over London for several days. The fog contained large amounts of pollutants which caused widespread breathing problems and killed thousands of city residents. The fog covered London...

November 17, 2016

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2016 the worst for natural disasters in Indonesia in the last decade

In the period between January 1 and November 11, 2016, 1 985 natural disasters were reported in Indonesia, the highest number seen in the last 10 years, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). According to the agency report, out of 1 985 total...

November 17, 2016

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Mysterious paralysis case reported in Pakistan

In a first such case in the entire world, two Pakistani brothers become paralyzed when the Sun sets, and are unable to speak or move until the Sun rises again. The strangest part is that the boys seem totally unaffected during the day time. This is the first known...

November 16, 2016

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Annual natural disasters force 26 million people into poverty

The new report from the World Bank and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) shows that up to $520 billion are lost annually due to extreme natural disasters, leaving 26 million people in poverty conditions across the globe. According to the...

November 16, 2016