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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Voyager 2 data from 34 years ago reveal one more secret about Uranus

Scientists reinspecting 34-year-old data from NASA's Voyager 2 have discovered one more secret about Uranus-- something appears to have been pulling the ice-cold planet's atmosphere out into space. On January 24, 2986, the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew within 81...

March 29, 2020

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Continuous heavy rains, floods and landslides claim 72 lives, destroy or damage nearly 1 000 buildings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Heavy rains, floods and landslides affecting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan since March 6, 2020, claimed the lives of 72 people, destroyed at least 139 buildings, and damaged at least 800 more. Earlier this month, heavy downpours resulted in deaths of 27 people while...

March 29, 2020

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Stromboli volcano puffs out large, almost-perfect smoke ring, Italy

Italy's Stromboli volcano blew a large, almost-perfect smoke ring on Friday, March 27, 2020. The smoke rose from the crater, slowly drifting northeastwards over the Stromboli village. "Its near-perfect circular shape and large diameter (100-200 m / 330 -...

March 28, 2020

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Severe frost damage to orchards across northern Italy

Orchards in several regions of northern Italy sustained major damage as a result of the Arctic cold outbreak which started affecting parts of Europe on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Unfortunately, forecast models call for another strong blast starting Monday, March 30....

March 28, 2020

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Outbreak of severe thunderstorms likely from the Plains to the Midwest, U.S.

Severe thunderstorms capable of damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes are likely from the Plains to the Midwest into tonight. An outbreak of severe thunderstorms capable of strong tornadoes, very large hail, and damaging winds will be likely Saturday into...

March 27, 2020

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Series of severe weather events, including hailstorms, heavy rains and snow hit southwest China

A series of severe weather events, including hailstorms, heavy rains, and snow, has been battering parts of southwest China since March 22, 2020. The events caused widespread damage and disruption, particularly in the provinces of Hubei, Jiangxi, Sichuan, and...

March 27, 2020

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Strong eruption at Merapi volcano -- ash to 7.8 km (25 500 feet) a.s.l., Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Indonesia

A moderately strong eruption took place at Indonesia's most active volcano -- Mount Merapi, on Friday, March 27, 2020, ejecting ash up to 7.8 km (25 500 feet) above sea level and forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code from Green to Red. This is...

March 27, 2020

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Utah seismologists probe aftershocks following historic M5.7 earthquake in Salt Lake City, U.S.

Salt Lake City in Utah, U.S. was hit by an M5.7 earthquake on March 18, 2020-- the largest since M5.9 near St. George in 1992. Following the event, seismologists from the University of Utah began closely examining hundreds of aftershocks to learn more about the...

March 27, 2020

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Approaching comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) rapidly brightening-- may be visible to naked eye soon

A newly-discovered comet named C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) is now crossing the orbit of Mars as it makes its way toward the Sun. The object has been brightening so rapidly since its discovery on December 28, 2019, that some astronomers believe it will be visible to the naked...

March 26, 2020

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Devastating floods displace more than 700 in Chimbu province, Papua New Guinea

Continuous heavy downpour affecting the Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea, over the past couple of days has resulted in major flooding that displaced more than 700 people, according to community spokesperson, Wesly Noisa. The Wahgi River broke its banks, sending...

March 26, 2020

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Destructive flash floods hit capital Aden, Yemen

Destructive flash floods ripped through Yemen's capital Aden on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, turning roads into raging rivers and claiming lives of at last two people. At least 4 others were injured. Heavy rains are also expected on Thursday, March 26. Heavy rains...

March 26, 2020

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Intense hailstorm hits Mexico's capital, destroying its main food market

A sudden, heavy spring hailstorm pounded Mexico's capital on Saturday, March 21, 2020, resulting in the collapse of the Central de Abasto wholesale food market that trapped six people and injured five. The main market, located in the Iztapalapa municipality,...

March 25, 2020

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Analysis: 463 non-seismic fatal landslides caused 3 270 deaths in 2019

In an analysis of the landslide database for 2019 by Dr. Dave Petley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield-- it was shown that 463 non-seismic fatal landslides occurred last year, causing 3 270 deaths. Given the number of deadly landslides, 2019 is the...

March 25, 2020

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Heavy rains trigger destructive flash floods and landslides in southern Iran

Heavy rainfall affecting southern Iraq since March 21, 2020, resulted in destructive flash floods and landslides responsible for at least 12 fatalities and 17 injuries across several provinces. Extensive damage was reported, as well as power outages in several...

March 24, 2020

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Arctic cold arrives, bringing early spring snow and extremely low temperatures to much of Europe

A major Arctic cold outbreak has arrived in Europe over the weekend, dumping snow to much of the continent following unusually warm winter. Meteoalarm has issued heavy snow, strong wind, and extremely cold temperature warnings for many countries. The cold is...

March 24, 2020

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Bright fireball over Belgium, meteorites possible

A bright fireball exploded over Belgium at 02:04 UTC on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 6 reports from eyewitnesses including those in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany. According to IMO, the meteoroid entered...

March 24, 2020

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Record-breaking rainfall soaks Southern California, another storm underway, U.S.

Heavy rains drenched parts of Southern California on March 22 and into March 23, 2020. The coastal mountain ranges were also hit by the widespread rain, while some beneficial rain and snow fell in the southern San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada. Southern...

March 23, 2020

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Days of intense, record rains trigger deadly floods in Ohio and Indiana, U.S.

Days of torrential rain triggered flash flooding in parts of Ohio and Indiana on March 20, 2020, resulting in damage to properties and at least eight fatalities. Rescue operations conducted by emergency responders, volunteer fire departments, as well as the...

March 23, 2020

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At least 10 people killed, 1 000 affected after large landslide hits Tambul-Nebilyer, Papua New Guinea

A devastating landslide hit the district of Tambul-Nebilyer in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands province on Saturday, March 21, 2020. 12 people were buried in the rubbles-- 10 of which had been retrieved on Monday, March 23, while two others remain missing....

March 23, 2020

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Severe thunderstorms, rain and hail hit Dubai, UAE

Severe thunderstorm, described as one of the biggest of the year, struck Dubai, UAE on Saturday night, March 21, 2020. The event was accompanied by heavy rain and hail, an unusual sight for the desert city. The event gained mixed reactions from many residents, who...

March 23, 2020

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At least 5 dead, hundreds of homes severely damaged as major floods hit Iraq

Days of torrential rains caused massive floods in parts of Iraq on March 18, 2020, causing major damage and claiming the lives of at least 5 people. The Kurdistan region's Duhok governorate was among the worst-hit, with more than 300 homes damaged, as well as...

March 23, 2020

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Yucatan Peninsula heading into worst drought since 1986, Mexico

The drought situation in the Yucatan Peninsula in 2020 is shaping up to be worst in the past 34 years. Three years of below-average rainfall are merging, and groundwater levels are already pummeling to minimum levels, making this year's drought projections...

March 21, 2020

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At least 3 dead after very heavy rains hit Fiji, severe weather continues into the weekend

Very heavy rains hit parts of Fiji on March 19, 2020, causing floods and mudslides which resulted in at least 3 fatalities. Severe weather is forecast to continue into the weekend. With this, heavy rain and a flash flood warning are in force for most of the country....

March 21, 2020

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Heavy snow hits Arizona on the first day of spring, U.S.

Parts of northwest Arizona saw heavy snow on the first day of spring on Thursday, March 19, 2020, with up to 30 cm (12 inches) in parts of the country. The National Weather Service (NWS) said up to 30 cm (12 inches) of snow fell in Flagstaff by 05:00 LT on Thursday,...

March 21, 2020

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Heavy rains trigger damaging mudslides and floods in Arequipa, Peru

Days of heavy rains triggered destructive floods and landslides in southern Peru's Arequipa department, leaving at least 100 homes damaged. One of the worst affected areas is the city of Arequipa. Heavy rains started affecting the region on March 13, causing...

March 20, 2020

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At least 8 tornadoes cause heavy damage in parts of North Texas, U.S.

At least eight tornadoes up to EF-2 with winds as strong as 217 km/h (135 mph) wreaked havoc in parts of rural North Texas on Wednesday, March 18, 2020-- the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed Thursday, March 19. Severe storms sparked at least eight tornadoes...

March 20, 2020

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Massive floods hit capital Dili, destroying nearly 200 homes and affecting over 25 000 people, East Timor

Several hours of very heavy rains caused widespread flooding in capital Dili, East Timor (Timor-Leste) on March 13, 2020. Authorities are reporting at least 25 000 people or 4 000 households are affected. Even though the floods have now receded, affected communities...

March 20, 2020

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Record-breaking snow - up to 3.3 m (10.8 feet) engulfs Kiruna, Sweden

Heavy snow fell over Sweden's northern town of Kiruna on Thursday, March 19, 2020, adding to the total amount of around 3.3 m (10.8 feet) that has accumulated since the beginning of the winter season on September 30, 2019. The amount broke the previous record of...

March 19, 2020

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Desert locust outbreak remains extremely alarming, new swarms continue forming and invading Africa and Middle East

Desert locust plague situation remains extremely alarming as new swarms continue forming and invading parts of Africa and the Middle East. The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that the outbreak poses an unprecedented threat to food...

March 19, 2020

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At least 3 500 houses swept away as destructive floods hit Pwani, Tanzania

Days of heavy rain caused destructive floods in the district of Rufiji in the Pwani region, eastern Tanzania-- sweeping away at least 3 500 residential properties and 6 600 ha (16 309 acres) of farmland, an official reported on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The...

March 19, 2020

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Europe braces for intense Arctic cold outbreak after unusually warm winter

A significant Arctic cold outbreak is forecast to spread across much of Europe in the days ahead, ending unusually warm winter season. The cold is expected to last through the end of March, with another blast expected at the beginning of April. Prolonged, dangerous...

March 19, 2020

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Mount Ruapehu's Crater Lake temperature heats up to 40 °C (104 °F), Alert Level remains at 1, New Zealand

Mount Ruapehu's Crater Lake (Te Wai a-Moe) heated from 24 °C (75.2 °F) to 40 °C (104 °F) in response to earthquakes beneath the volcano, according to the GeoNet bulletin issued on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at...

March 18, 2020

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Winter ends with an all-out snowstorm for parts of north-central U.S., up to 51 cm (20 inches) of snow likely

Just as the winter season in the U.S. officially ends and spring begins, an all-out snowstorm is set to deliver a final blow to parts of the north-central region-- particularly the central Rockies, northern Plains, and Upper Midwest. The blizzard-like conditions are...

March 18, 2020

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Rare, unusually large ozone hole develops over the Arctic-Canadian region

A huge area of sustained ozone depletion has developed over the Arctic-Canadian region -- too late for the winter season, too early for spring, and unusually strong for the northern hemisphere. The ozone layer is a natural layer of protective gas in the upper...

March 18, 2020

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Army rescues stranded civilians after heavy snow hits Gurez valley, Jammu and Kashmir

The Indian army airlifted more than 160 stranded civilians from Gurez in Jammu and Kashmir, India on March 15, 2020, as heavy snowfall created difficult conditions in the area. Four of the rescued individuals were in critical condition but were assisted promptly,...

March 18, 2020

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Rare meteotsunami slams into Praia do Cassino in Rio Grande, Brazil

In a rare occurrence, a meteotsunami hit the Praia do Cassino Beach in the southernmost region of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul on March 14, 2020. The rapid waves slammed into nearby vehicles, causing beachgoers to panic and run away to safety. Powerful...

March 17, 2020

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Unseasonal downpours and hailstorms ravage wide swaths of rabi crops in North India, affecting millions of farmers

Nearly 400 000 hectares (1 million acres) of rabi crops across many parts of North India were ravaged by unseasonal downpours, hailstorms, and strong winds this month. Millions of growers are affected, particularly those from the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar...

March 17, 2020

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Powerful Kona Low continues to drench Hawaii, flash flood watches in force for all islands with rare tornado warning for Niihau

The National Weather Service (NWS) has placed all islands of Hawaii under flash flood watch on Tuesday, March 17, 2020-- and has also issued a rare tornado warning for Niihau for the first time in 11 years-- as a powerful low-pressure system - Kona Low - continues...

March 17, 2020

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Torrential rains and hailstorms lash parts of Colombia, widespread flooding and damaging landslides reported

Severe weather continues to lash parts of Colombia, causing widespread flooding and landslides. On March 10, 2020, streets were left in whiteout conditions after a severe hailstorm hit the Bogota's north and center. On March 15, a mudslide killed one person and...

March 17, 2020

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Tropical Cyclone "Herold" brings severe flooding to Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone "Herold" formed in the Indian Ocean near the coast of Madagascar on March 13, 2020, causing severe flooding in the northeastern part of the country which resulted in one fatality. Herold is the 8th named storm of the 2019/20 Southwest...

March 16, 2020