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

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…

Intense lake-snow effect to continue downwind the Great Lakes

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…

Reconstructing ice sheet erosion dynamics of East Greenland

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…

Tropical Cylone “Vardah” eyeing north-central India

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…

Final supermoon of the year to shine bright on December 14

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…

Large seismic swarm at Cayambe volcano, Ecuador

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…

Cassini’s new mission shows Saturn in a different light

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…

Southern Thailand under water, hundreds of thousands affected

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…

Major flash floods inundate Sicily, Italy

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…

Intense thunderstorm hits Sydney, New South Wales

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…