Julie Celestial

Julie Celestial

A young blood with an old soul, Julie is fascinated with skies, stars, and every speck of dust in the universe. You can contact her at julie@watchers.news.


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Interactive geonarrative about the 2018 Kilauea eruption

An interactive online geonarrative about the 2018 Kilauea eruption has been launched by geologists. The site lets viewers re-live the event using an interactive timeline feature and an overview of the historic eruption. The experience is made even more fascinating...

September 23, 2019

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North America has lost around 3 billion birds since 1970, study finds

A new study found that North America has approximately 3 billion fewer birds that there were in 1970. The loss represents a 29% population decline, making it an "overlooked biodiversity crisis" according to the authors. "I couldn't believe that...

September 23, 2019

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Positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) brings record rains to Chennai, India

The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) remained positive all throughout the Monsoon season, magnifying the frequency of low pressure areas and cyclonic circulations mainly over the Bay of Bengal during the past two months. According to SkyMetWeather, a number of cyclonic...

September 21, 2019

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Very close view of Surtseyan eruption at Anak Krakatau, Indonesia

A group of tourists visited Anak Krakatau on September 18, 2019, and managed to capture a surprising explosion from a very close distance. The activity at the volcano has not changed over the past weeks, with intermittent phreatic or phreatomagmatic explosions in...

September 21, 2019

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Hurricane "Humberto" pounds Bermuda, remnants to reach the British Isles early next week

Hurricane "Humberto" made a close encounter with Bermuda on Tuesday night, September 17, as a Category 3 hurricane. It headed north on Wednesday, September 18, with maximum sustained winds of 194 km/h (121 mph) and gusts to 241 km/h (149 mph) as of 21:00...

September 21, 2019

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Hurricane "Lorena" bringing heavy rain, strong winds to Baja California Sur

Tropical Storm "Lorena" formed on September 17 as the 14th named storm of the 2019 Pacific hurricane season and intensified into a hurricane on September 18 just offshore the coast of Colima, Mexico. Its interaction with land weakened it into a tropical...

September 20, 2019

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Old World megadroughts and pluvials

Researchers have developed the "Old World Drought Atlas" (OWDA), an atlas that used tree rings to map the climate history of Europe during the Common Era. The OWDA matches historical accounts of severe drought and wetness with a spatial completeness not...

September 20, 2019

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Researchers test new method in volcanic eruption forecasting

A research team has tested a new technique that could possibly forecast how a volcanic eruption will happen accurately. The method combined physics and statistics to capture the probability of past eruption patterns. The risk of volcanic eruptions is unpredictable...

September 20, 2019

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Rising number of fatal landslides makes 2019 the worst year on record

A new update on landslides from the 2019 northern hemisphere monsoon season by Dr. Dave Petley, Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at the University of Sheffield, UK, showed how an unusually high number of landslides resulted in thousands of fatalities this...

September 20, 2019

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Colossal waterspout spotted in southwest China

A massive waterspout made landfall in Beihai City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southwest China on September 17, 2019. The twister lasted approximately 10 minutes. The footage was captured at the Silver Beach, local Yintan, and considered very rare for the...

September 19, 2019

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September 2019 Mumbai's wettest ever

The first 18 days of September 2019 recorded 921.7 mm (36.3 inches) of rains in Mumbai, India, breaking the previous record of 920 mm (36.2 inches) set on September 1954. Weather enthusiast and founder of Vagaries of Weather blog, Rajesh Kapadia, said that in a span...

September 19, 2019

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Imelda continues dumping heavy rain on parts of the Southeast Texas, already the 5th wettest tropical cyclone for the contiguous US

Tropical Depression "Imelda" formed on September 17 and strengthened into a tropical storm just before making landfall near Freeport, Texas. The storm continues to unleash life-threatening floods in the southeast part of the state, particularly in the...

September 19, 2019

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Coldest September morning in 6 South Australia towns, dust storm warning

Six towns in South Australia shivered through the coldest September morning ever on September 17, 2019. Meanwhile, Adelaide is expected to hit 30 °C (86 °F) for the first time this spring season on September 19 before the temperatures plummet again starting...

September 19, 2019

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Record 1 422 people killed in monsoon rains from June to September, India

At least 1 422 people died due to erratic rains in India from June to Septemeber - a record since the Union home ministry started keeping track in 2010. Over 1 800 extreme rainfall events this monsoon was recorded, the majority of which occurred in the first half...

September 18, 2019

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At least 33 people dead as floods submerge large areas of northern Thailand

Floods from torrential rains swept northern Thailand killing at least 33 residents, reports said on September 16. The violent rain was spawned by two tropical storms - Podul and Kajiki - which caused an impact on 28 provinces, with Isan region as the worst-hit area....

September 18, 2019

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Early snow hits Heilongjiang, China's coldest province

China's northernmost city of Mohe, Heilongjiang Province received new season's first snow on September 15, 2019. According to the local observatory, the snow came 25 days earlier than last year. ​The area, which is considered the coldest in China,...

September 18, 2019

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Missouri River nears record runoff, Army Corps increasing water discharge, USA

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing water discharge in the upper Missouri River dam system after recent heavy rains pushed the upper Missouri River near record runoff. The events are taking place just a few months before the river needs to be set for the...

September 17, 2019

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Typhoon "Faxai" caused serious damage to agriculture, forestry, and fishery, 67 000 homes still without power and 10 000 without water, Japan

More than a week after taking a direct hit by Typhoon "Faxai", Japan is still counting damage. The storm left agriculture, forestry, and fishery severely affected in Chiba Prefecture. More than 67 000 homes are still without power, down from 930 000, and...

September 17, 2019

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Early snow, strong winds wreak havoc in Norway

Intense weather started hitting Vestlandet (Western Norway) on September 14, 2019, with strong storms, winds, and snow all over the area. The extreme conditions resulted in uprooted trees, knocked down power lines, floods, and landslides. Up to 20 cm (7.8 inches) of...

September 17, 2019

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Tens of thousands in Chiba urged to evacuate due to possible mudslides, Japan

Just a week after a direct hit by Typhoon "Faxai," two cities in Chiba Prefecture released evacuation advisories to more than 47 000 residents due to possible mudslides. According to weather officials, torrential rains hit several parts of the prefecture...

September 16, 2019

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Over 300 trapped in a school after dam releases water causing floods in Rajasthan, India

More than 350 students and 50 teachers were stuck in a private school in Chittorgargh for two days after the discharge of waters from Rana Pratap Dam which caused floods in the area on Saturday, September 15, 2019. According to reports, the students had to remain...

September 16, 2019

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6 dead, 300 000 ha (741 000 acres) of prime agricultural land destroyed after worst storm in 140 years hit Spain

At least six fatalities have now been confirmed from the harsh weather that has been affecting southeastern Spain since September 11, 2019. Authorities are describing it as the worst storm since 1879 when floodwaters killed over 1 000 in Murcia and Orihuela. The...

September 16, 2019

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First detection of strong, rapid and regular X-ray bursts from a supermassive black hole

Astronomers found a supermassive black hole in an active galactic nucleus producing rapid and periodic eruptions of X-rays every nine hours. The nucleus contains about 400 000 times the mass of the Sun and is about 250 million light-years from Earth. According to a...

September 15, 2019

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Purple Colorado sky caused by Raikoke volcano eruption in Russia

Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder revealed that the purple sky seen in the state was due to the eruption that occurred on Raikoke volcano in Russia, located 7 535 km (4 682 miles) away, on June 22, 2019. The team, composed of atmospheric scientists...

September 15, 2019

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Comet 2019 Q4 (Borisov) likely an interstellar visitor

NASA believes that the mysterious comet named C/2019 Q4, which exited the astronomical community this week, is from outside the solar system. The object was discovered by Gennady Borisov, a Crimean astronomer at the MARGO observatory, Nauchnij, on August 30, 2019....

September 15, 2019

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PhiSat - First Earth observation satellite with artificial intelligence soon to launch

The first Earth observation satellite with artificial intelligence is set to launch a few months from now, according to the European Space Agency (ESA) on September 12, 2019. The idea was proposed by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain and won the...

September 14, 2019

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Researchers create model that can predict how wildfires will burn in next 20 minutes

Researchers from Brigham Young University, Utah, studied the chemistry of burning shrubs and made a model that can predict how forest fires will burn in the next 20 minutes instead of the next weeks. The university posted a snippet of the study on their YouTube...

September 14, 2019

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Avoidable deaths - volcanoes kill more people long after first eruption

The drawn-out nature of volcanic eruptions can cause more fatalities than the seemingly brief explosion itself, according to a study by researchers from the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago published on August 14, 2019. Residents who live within the vicinity...

September 14, 2019

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Reports confirm damage from Ontario's 9th tornado of the year, Canada

Environment Canada has confirmed the damages from a tornado and storm combo that hit Ontario on September 11, 2019. The twister was the 9th to hit the province this year. The strong whirlwind was given an initial rating of EF-1 and had maximum winds of 140 km/h (87...

September 14, 2019

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IDMC: 7 million people displaced due to natural disasters in the first half of 2019

Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) records show that over seven million people have been displaced from their residences due to natural disasters during the first six months of 2019. There were about 10.8 million new displacements worldwide in the first...

September 12, 2019

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Floods caused by Podul and Kajiki claim 21 lives in Cambodia and Laos

Tropical Storm "Podul" and Tropical Depression "Kajiki" left a wide region across several countries flooded more than a week after their passage. Flood-related fatalities have reached 7 in Cambodia and 14 in Laos on September 11, 2019. The floods...

September 12, 2019

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Worst storm in over a century hits Spain, major floods and tornadoes reported

A slow-moving storm system pummelled a massive area of Spain, spawning floods, hails, thunderstorms, and tornadoes on September 12, 2019. Torrential rains put Costa Blanca around Benidorm and Alicante under red weather alert and killed two in Valencia region. The...

September 12, 2019

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New research shows the role of earthquake motions in causing devastating 2018 tsunami in Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia

An international team of geologists, geophysicists, and mathematicians presented in a newly published study how coupled computer models can exactly display the conditions that resulted in the 2018 Palu earthquake and tsunami - one of the deadliest natural disasters...

September 12, 2019

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17 dead, 1 missing as more flooding hits Morocco and Algeria

More floods produced by violent rains continued sweeping across Africa, leaving 17 dead in Morocco and one missing in Algeria on September 8, 2019. Initial reports stated that at least 11 people were killed when a bus was overturned by floodwaters on a bride in...

September 12, 2019

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More than 800 homes destroyed by floods in Mali

Floods brought by heavy storms during late August 2019 has caused extensive damage in Mali, West Africa, reports on September 9, 2019 stated. Thousands of residents were left homeless as the raging waters destroyed more than 800 residential properties, authorities...

September 11, 2019

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Chiba residents still struggling with power and water outages following powerful Typhoon "Faxai", Japan

Hundreds of thousands of households near Tokyo were still without power and water on Wednesday, September 11, amid intense heat after powerful Typhoon "Faxai" ripped through the metropolitan area earlier in the week. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings...

September 11, 2019

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Heavy rains result in landslide killing 7 in southern Ethiopia

Local authorities confirmed seven fatalities after a landslide caused by heavy rains hit Ethiopia's Southern regional state on September 8, 2019. The state's communication office reported that five out of seven victims were from one family. Ethiopia has...

September 11, 2019

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Heavy rain leads to major flooding, slips, and road closures in Coromandel, New Zealand

Torrential rains caused serious flooding and slips in Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand forcing various roads to close on September 10, 2019. Although forecasts stated that 110 mm (4 inches) of rain is expected, over 260 mm (10 inches) of rainfall hit The...

September 10, 2019

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Tornado destroys up to 20 000 maple trees in Quebec, loss of revenue equivalent to 60 - 100 years, Canada

Between 15 000 to 20 000 maple trees were snapped by a powerful tornado that pummelled through the town of Sainte-Rose-de-Watford in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region, Quebec, on September 4, 2019. More than 4 500 of those trees were grown by maple tree producer and...

September 10, 2019

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Typhoon "Lingling" killed 8 in North Korea, destroyed 460 houses and 46 200 ha (114 162 acres) of farmland

Typhoon "Lingling" has passed over the Korean Peninsula from September 6 to September 7, 2019, killing at least 8 people in North Korea and 3 in South Korea. North Korean media encouraged citizens to mobilize over the weekend. Emergency responses have...

September 10, 2019