Julie Celestial

Julie Celestial

I'm fascinated with skies, stars, and every speck of dust in the universe. You can contact me at julie [ at ] watchers.news.


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california drought june 9 2021

Northern California under water shortage emergency, farmers warn water is unnecessarily let out to sea

Nearly two million people in Northern California have been placed under a water shortage emergency on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, as a severe drought continues to worsen in much of the western U.S. Mandatory water restrictions have been issued for Santa Clara County,...

June 12, 2021

turkey flood june 9 2021

Severe flash floods damage multiple properties in capital Ankara, Turkey

Heavy downpours lashed the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, causing severe flash floods. As a result, traffic was paralyzed and multiple properties were damaged. Heavy rains began Wednesday noon, causing floodwaters to spread through streets and...

June 11, 2021

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Increased seismic activity in Michoacán may foretell birth of new volcano

For the second time since 2020, scientists are considering the possibility of a new volcano forming in Uruapan City in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, after detecting 236 low magnitude micro quakes in the area from May 1 to June 8, 2021. In 2020, a team of about 50...

June 11, 2021

brazil flood june 2021

Heavy rains trigger landslides and worst river flooding since record-keeping began, Brazil

Several tributaries of the Amazon River in Brazil are registering the biggest floods ever recorded as heavy rains continued lashing parts of the country. On June 5, 2021, the Negro River in Manaus reached 30 m (98 feet), becoming the city's largest flood since...

June 11, 2021

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Severe storm hits Victoria leaving a trail of destruction, 2 people dead and more than 200 000 homes without power, Australia

At least two people died after a deep low started affecting the state of Victoria, Australia, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Severe weather, including torrential rain, snow, and strong winds of over 120 km/h (74 mph), prompted evacuations and rescues across the state...

June 11, 2021

jacksonville fireball june 10 2021

Bright green fireball seen over Florida, U.S.

A bright fireball was spotted across Florida, U.S., at around 01:50 UTC on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received at least 73 reports from witnesses across the state, as far north as Jacksonville and as far south as Fort Lauderdale....

June 10, 2021

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Seismic activity under Pelée volcano, Martinique

Seismic activity continues at slightly above background levels at Martinique's Pelée volcano. From May 28 to June 4, 2021, the L'Observatoire Volcanologique et Sismologique de Martinique (OVSM) registered at least 11 volcanic-tectonic earthquakes of...

June 10, 2021

mumba rain june 10 2021

Heavy monsoon rains leave 11 people dead in Mumbai, India

At least 11 people have died while seven others were injured as heavy monsoon rains hit Mumbai, India on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, authorities reported on Thursday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for the city for the next four...

June 10, 2021

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Large earthquake could trigger eruption of Mauna Loa, world's largest active volcano

Scientists from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have shed light on the hazards of Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano on Earth, finding that a large earthquake could set off an eruption. The team...

June 09, 2021

mexico sinkhole june 7 2021

Massive sinkhole in Puebla continues to expand, now at 110 m (360 feet), Mexico

The enormous sinkhole in Puebla State, southeastern Mexico, has grown to 110 m (360 feet) in diameter as of Monday, June 7, 2021, prompting authorities to widen the security perimeter. The hole has already destroyed a nearby house's bedroom and part of a wall...

June 09, 2021

congo river

Longest underwater avalanche monitored in action continuously self-accelerated for over 1 000 km

In a new paper, scientists have reported what they say is the longest sediment avalanche measured so far in action and the only monitored flow to continuously self-accelerate for over 1 000 km (620 miles). The event occurred off the coast of West Africa, in a deep...

June 08, 2021

iceland volcano june 8 2021

Lava cuts off famous viewing hill of eruption near Fagradalsfjall in Geldingadalur, Iceland

The famous viewing hill providing a glimpse of the ongoing volcanic eruption site near Fagradalsfjall in Geldingadalur, Iceland, has been cut off as lava has made its way through the hiking trail on Monday, June 7, 2021. The spectacular sight of a volcano spewing...

June 08, 2021

australia antarctic blast june 8 2021

Antarctic blast brings strong winds, snow, and flood-inducing rains to eastern Australia

Cold weather is settling in across eastern Australia, focusing very much on snow, strong winds, and flood-inducing rains across multiple states, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The wild weather is a result of an Antarctic cold pushed up...

June 08, 2021

arizona fire us june 7 2021

Hundreds ordered to evacuate as 2 large wildfires rage in Arizona, U.S.

Two large wildfires are raging in Arizona, U.S., over the past couple of days, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. The first one, Telegraph Fire, has so far spread through 16 636 ha (41 109 acres) and the other -- Mescal Fire, 20 084 ha (49 631 acres) as of...

June 07, 2021

germany flood june 3 2021

Heavy storms and hail pummel western and central Germany

Severe weather struck parts of western and central Germany on Thursday, June 3, 2021, including heavy rain and hail, causing havoc in the regions. Firefighters and police received multiple calls for assistance as traffic was brought to a standstill, trees were...

June 07, 2021

spain tornado june 4 2021

Spectacular tornado touches down in Aragon, Spain

Residents of Teruel Province in Aragon, Spain, were treated to a spectacular sight as a tornado touched down around 21:00 UTC (19:00 LT) on Friday, June 4, 2021. The twister did not cause any significant damage, but drivers along the road near the whirlwind said...

June 07, 2021

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Severe floods and landslides hit Sri Lanka, leaving at least 17 people dead and more than 210 000 affected

At least 17 people have died and more than 271 000 have been affected after heavy rains hit Sri Lanka over the weekend, officials reported on Monday, June 7, 2021. Tens of thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes as days of deluge caused rivers on the...

June 07, 2021

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'Ring of Fire' - Annular solar eclipse of June 10, 2021

An annular solar eclipse of June 10, 2021, will be visible from northern Canada, Greenland, and Russia, with a partial eclipse visible from northern North America, Europe, and Asia. During the event, a bright ring will surround the moon silhouette at the peak of the...

June 06, 2021

deep earthquake

New study solves mystery behind Earth's deepest earthquakes

The cause of the deepest earthquakes on Earth has been a mystery to scientists for more than a century. In a new study, a team of scientists may have solved the case by identifying water as the key factor that causes deep-focus quakes. Most earthquakes occur near...

June 05, 2021

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Supervolcanic eruption of Toba destroyed ozone layer, causing population bottleneck

A catastrophic drop in atmospheric ozone layers 60 000 to 100 000 years ago likely contributed to a population bottleneck during that period. According to a new study, the event was triggered by the eruption of the Toba supervolcano in Sumatra, Indonesia. "Toba...

June 05, 2021

coast earthquake

World's longest recorded earthquake lasted for 32 years

The devastating M8.5 earthquake that shook Sumatra, Indonesia, in 1861 was long believed to be a sudden rupture on a previously quiescent fault. However, new research showed that tectonic plates below the island had been slowly crashing against each other for 32...

June 04, 2021

wildfire june 2 2021

Scientists identify new atmospheric circulation over the Arctic

A team of scientists from Japan, South Korea, and the USA, has identified a new pattern of atmospheric circulation around the Arctic that could drive co-occurrences of heatwaves and large-scale wildfires over the region, particularly in Siberia and subpolar North...

June 04, 2021

finland heat june 3 2021

Finland basks in unusual heat while cold prevails in parts of eastern Europe

Finland is facing unseasonal heat for early June, in contrast to the cold weather conditions experienced by countries farther south. On Thursday, June 3, 2021, a Finnish weather station within the Arctic Circle registered a sweltering 29.3 °C (84.7°F), while...

June 04, 2021

drought california june 4 2021

Drought ravages California reservoirs, record low levels expected this summer

Severe drought has caused California's reservoirs to run low, with Lake Oroville expected to reach a record low later this summer. Nearly three-quarters of the state is suffering from the extreme dry spell, with other areas facing a dire water supply situation...

June 04, 2021

mt hutt snow nz june 1 2021

Historic storm brings up to 5 m (16 feet) of snow to the summit of Mt. Hutt -- Canterbury, New Zealand

A severe storm has brought rain and heavy unseasonal snow to parts of Canterbury's ski fields this week. As much as 5 m (16.4 feet) of snow fell at the summit of Mt. Hutt between Monday and Tuesday, May 31 and June 1, 2021. The same weather system brought 2 to 3...

June 03, 2021

argentina snow june 2 2021

Ushuaia hit by heaviest snowfall in more than 20 years, Argentina

A snowstorm has been pummeling Ushuaia City in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, since May 24, 2021. According to the Civil Defense, the storm dumped more than 0.5 m (1.6 feet) of snow over the weekend alone, an amount not seen for more than two decades. "For more...

June 03, 2021

delhi cold temperature june 2021

Delhi sees coldest June day amid streak of record-breaking weather since August 2020, India

India's capital Delhi has seen its coldest June day on record on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, with temperatures plummeting to 17.9 °C (64.2 °F). The city has been on a streak of breaking weather records since August 2020, with at least one major record busted...

June 03, 2021

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Earth-grazer fireball recorded over Rio Grande do Sul on Sunday may have interstellar origin, Brazil

An earth-grazer fireball recorded over the Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil on Sunday, May 30, 2021, may have been from an interstellar meteoroid, according to the Brazilian Meteor Watch Network (BRAMON). It was the third fireball sighting in a week for the country, with...

June 02, 2021

sinkhole mexico june 1 2021

Massive sinkhole opens in southeastern Mexico

A giant sinkhole measuring 80 m (262 feet) in diameter has opened up on a field in southern Mexico on Saturday, May 29, 2021. No damage or injuries were reported, but a nearby home is at risk of being swallowed as the gaping hole continues to expand rapidly each...

June 02, 2021

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Parts of southeast Australia shiver through coldest May mornings on record

Parts of southeast Australia saw record cold temperatures on Sunday and Monday, May 30 and 31, 2021, with many inland areas plunging below freezing temperatures. Temperatures in Melbourne City, Victoria, plunged to 1.7 °C (35 °F)-- its coldest May morning...

June 01, 2021

new mexico flood may 31 2021

Significant flooding sweeps through parts of New Mexico

Significant flooding swept through parts of New Mexico on Sunday, May 30, 2021, leading to damage and disruptions. Police reported at least one person died after her vehicle got caught in floodwaters in Hondo. Significant flooding hit parts of the state after Sunday...

June 01, 2021

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Record cold grips eastern U.S. over the Memorial Day weekend

Numerous cold temperature records have been broken in parts of the eastern U.S. over the Memorial Day weekend while a heat wave is forecast to reach dangerous levels for some locations in the west, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). In addition to the...

June 01, 2021

brazil drought may 2021

Brazil experiencing worst dry spell in 91 years, prompting emergency drought alert

Brazil is experiencing its worst dry spell in 91 years, government agencies warned and declared an "emergency drought alert" for June to September as rains are forecast to remain scarce during that period. The country’s Electricity Sector Monitoring...

May 31, 2021

nepal flood may 31 2021

At least 4 people dead as heavy rains trigger floods and landslides in Nepal

Heavy rains over the previous days, including rain during the onslaught of Tropical Cyclone Yaas, caused flooding and landslides in parts of Nepal, resulting in at least four fatalities. On May 22, 2021, downpours caused damage in Chautara in Naubahini Rural...

May 31, 2021

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Historic rainfall hits New Zealand, causing severe flooding

Hundreds of residents in north Canterbury in New Zealand have been evacuated amid severe flooding fuelled by a one-in-100-year heavy rain over the weekend. According to NIWA, the rainfall was 200 to 400 percent of normal for the month of May, causing rivers to rise...

May 31, 2021

brazil fireball may 27 2021

Bright fireball spotted over Brazil for the second time in a week

A brilliant fireball was seen across southern Brazil on Thursday, May 27, 2021-- the second time in a week following a sighting on May 22 over the northeast region. The object was seen by witnesses in the Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states. The fireball...

May 28, 2021

tornado great plains us may 26 2021

Severe storms bring damaging tornado, hail to parts of the Great Plains, U.S.

Severe thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes caused significant damage to properties in parts of the Great Plains, U.S., on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, particularly affecting Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas. WIdely scattered severe thunderstorms are forecast to...

May 28, 2021

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2021 noctilucent clouds (NLC) season starts earlier than expected

Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have been spotted over Poland, Czech Republic, Canada, and Scotland, among other countries, on May 25 and 26, marking an early start to the northern hemisphere's 2021 NLC season. The clouds are rapidly intensifying. In only four days...

May 28, 2021

indonesia flood may 27 2021

Widespread flooding affects 60 000 people in West Java, Indonesia

Widespread flooding has affected nearly 60 000 residents of Bandung Regency in West Java Indonesia. Figures from the meteorological agency show that the city registered 76.8 mm (3 inches) of rain in a 24-hour period to Tuesday, May 25, 2021, which is nearly half the...

May 27, 2021

fireball us may 26 2021

Bright fireball seen over Washington, D.C.

A bright fireball was seen over Washington, D.C. shortly before 02:00 UTC on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (22:00 LT on Tuesday, May 25). The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 23 reports from witnesses in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington....

May 27, 2021