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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Massive sunken continent could be resting underneath Iceland

An international team of geologists believes they have identified a sunken continent hidden under Iceland and the surrounding ocean, which they called Icelandia. The scientists said the continent could stretch from Greenland all the way to Europe. If proven, this...

July 11, 2021

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WorldFloods - AI pioneered at Oxford for global flood mapping launches into space

An artificial intelligence system developed by Oxford researchers and ESA's Φ-lab called Worldfloods, which will pioneer the detection of global flood events from space, has launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, U.S., at 19:00 UTC on June 30, 2021. The...

July 11, 2021

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Severe thunderstorm brings massive hail, prompting rare warning in Iowa, U.S.

Severe thunderstorms brought strong winds and huge hail to Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday afternoon, July 9, 2021. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued what might be the city's first warning for hail of up to 10 cm (4 inches). The Des Moines metro area was...

July 10, 2021

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At least 51 people dead as monsoon rains trigger floods and landslides in Nepal

At least 51 people have died in Nepal while 29 others have been reported missing since the beginning of the monsoon season in June 2021, according to the Health Ministry. From June 1 to July 8, heavy rains have triggered a total of 135 landslides that accounted for...

July 10, 2021

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Lytton village wiped out by wildfires amid record-breaking heat wave, Canada

The Canadian village of Lytton, which set an all-time national heat record this week, has been engulfed by fast-moving wildfires, officials said Thursday, July 1, 2021. Mayor Jan Polderman said the whole place is on fire, adding that two people were reported dead....

July 02, 2021

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Unprecedented cold and record snow engulf parts of South America

A powerful Antarctic cold mass is bringing unprecedented cold, record snow, and frosts to parts of South America, such as Argentina and Brazil. In Brazil, one of the strongest polar air masses in the past years is starting to make temperatures drop in the Rio Grande...

July 01, 2021

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Increased volcanic activity reported near Fagradalsfjall, Iceland

An increase in volcanic activity was reported near the Fagradalsfjall eruption site in Southwest Iceland on Saturday, June 26, 2021. If the development continues, authorities said lava will flow sooner than expected over Suðurstrandarvegur road, a key road that...

July 01, 2021

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Severe storms bring giant hail, floods and damaging winds to Germany, Switzerland and France

Severe storms, including hail, heavy rain, and gale-force winds hit parts of Germany Switzerland, and France on Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29, 2021, triggering widespread flooding and damage. In Germany, several road tunnels were flooded and rail services were...

June 30, 2021

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Death toll rising amid a historic heat wave in British Columbia, Canada

More than 230 deaths have been reported in British Columbia, Canada from Friday, June 25 to Monday afternoon, June 28, 2021, amid a historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. The number is nearly double the expected amount and is predicted to further increase as...

June 30, 2021

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Giant hailstone in Texas sets record as state's biggest

A destructive hailstorm that hit southern Texas on April 28, 2021, dropped a giant hailstone with a remarkable size of 16.3 cm (6.4 inches) in diameter -- now confirmed as the state's largest hailstone on record, according to NOAA/NWS. On April 28, a powerful...

June 29, 2021

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Destructive storm hits Moscow after record heat, Russia

Destructive rains and strong winds hit Moscow, Russia, on Monday, June 28, 2021, a week after the city sizzled through record heat. Powerful gusts uprooted trees and caused damage to cars on streets, while heavy rains triggered flooding. The metro system halted...

June 29, 2021

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Temperature records smashed amid historic heat wave in Pacific Northwest

Temperature records were smashed in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and western Canada amid a historic heat wave described by the National Weather Service (NWS) as "historic, dangerous, prolonged and unprecedented." Daytime temperatures were pushed into the...

June 28, 2021

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Deadly flooding displaces more than 1 300 people in Crimea

At least one person died and more than 1 300 were evacuated after severe flooding from heavy rains affected the Crimean Peninsula and parts of Ukraine on June 17, 2021. According to authorities, floodwaters reached up to 5.2 feet (1.6 m) in parts of Kerch City as...

June 25, 2021

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C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) - the largest comet ever discovered

Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein (C/2014 UN271) -- the largest comet ever discovered -- is heading towards our solar system and forecast to make its closest approach in 2031 at 10.1 AU or slightly farther than Saturn. The current estimate suggests its nucleus is...

June 25, 2021

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Exceptionally dangerous, historic heat wave to engulf Pacific Northwest this weekend

An exceptionally dangerous and potentially record-breaking heatwave is expected this weekend across the Pacific Northwest and western Canad. The US National Weather Service (NWS) warned of fire weather concerns across the Northern Great Basin and Northern...

June 24, 2021

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Northeast China rivers reach historic levels amid persistent heavy rain

Persistent heavy downpours have caused 13 rivers to rise to record levels in parts of northeastern China, the Ministry of Water Resources reported Saturday, June 19, 2021. As of Tuesday, June 22, provincial authorities in Heilongjiang upgraded to a level two...

June 24, 2021

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Heavy downpours bring hail and flooding to Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Severe weather struck Saudi Arabia and Yemen last week, with flooding and hail reported in some areas. On Thursday, June 17, 2021, three people died in Al-Shamaitin after being swept away by floodwaters. On Friday, June 18, the Taif region was lashed by hailstorms...

June 22, 2021

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Destructive storms bring giant hail, tornado and flooding to parts of France

Severe storms pummeled parts of France over the weekend into Monday, June 21, 2021, bringing flooding rain, giant hailstones, and a tornado that resulted in damages and one person missing. Around 44 000 lightning strikes were recorded. In Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil,...

June 22, 2021

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Deadly tornado hits Mascouche in southern Quebec, Canada

A tornado killed one person in Mascouche near Montreal in southern Quebec, Canada, the deputy premier and minister of public safety confirmed Monday, June 21, 2021. Several dozen buildings were damaged and many others were injured. Dozens of people were cleaning up...

June 22, 2021

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Major outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) over Europe

A major outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) was reported over Europe, including France, Spain, Germany. NLCs over these latitudes are considered rare, according to night sky enthusiasts, as these clouds are typically seen over higher latitudes. Last week, NLCs...

June 22, 2021

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Severe thunderstorm spawns destructive tornado in Belgium

Severe thunderstorms struck parts of Belgium on Saturday, June 19, 2021, leaving 92 homes severely damaged and 17 people injured. Heavy downpours also triggered flooding in portions of Flanders. A tornado reportedly struck the town of Beauraing in Namur Province,...

June 21, 2021

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Deadly tornado leaves path of destruction in Auckland, New Zealand

A devastating tornado struck South Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday, June 19, 2021, killing one person and leaving a trail of destruction. Around 62 houses have been deemed uninhabitable and 32 people were evacuated from their homes. Clean-up continued in the area...

June 21, 2021

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Claudette regains tropical storm strength over Carolinas after killing 13 in Alabama, U.S.

Claudette regained its tropical storm status on Monday morning, June 21, 2021, as it neared the coast of the Carolinas. This was after the storm left at least 13 people dead in Alabama; widespread damage and flooding in the neighboring states of Mississippi and...

June 21, 2021

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New observations of coronal mass ejections and cosmic rays

Scientists have released new observations of solar activities, such as Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and cosmic rays, gathered by the Global Muon Detector Network (GMDN) at the Syowa Station in the Antarctic. The team found that high-speed solar wind causes the...

June 20, 2021

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Oaxaca drenched by 3 months' worth of rain in 2 days, Mexico

At least two people have died and around 6 000 people have been impacted in the region of Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, Mexico, after intense rains on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, caused flooding and landslides. The national meteorological service reported that...

June 18, 2021

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Record breaking, long-lasting heatwave grips much of western U.S.

A long-lasting heatwave continues to bring record-breaking across much of western U.S. Thursday, June 17, 2021, exacerbating the current drought situation. The National Weather Service (NWS) announced that more than 40 million residents are under a heat advisory or...

June 18, 2021

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1 432 natural disasters claimed 493 lives so far this year in Indonesia

At least 493 people lost their lives while 68 remain missing in 1 432 natural disasters in Indonesia between January 1, 2021, and June 17, 2021, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). 5.2 million people have been affected, many of whom were...

June 17, 2021

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Floods, mudflows and rockfalls hit Dagestan after nearly half a month's worth of rain in a day, Russia

Severe thunderstorms triggered paralyzing flooding, mudflows, and rockfalls in the Russian Republic of Dagestan on Monday, June 14, 2021. Meteorological stations said the area registered between 21 and 33 mm (0.8 and 1.3 inches) of rain in a day, which is nearly...

June 17, 2021

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Remnants of TC Koguma leave major damage in Laos

Remnants of Tropical Storm "Koguma" hit Laos on Monday, June 14, 2021, triggering floods and landslides that significantly impacted infrastructure, homes and agricultural fields. Despite dissipating over Vietnam, where it made landfall on June 13, remains...

June 17, 2021

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Relentless heavy rains trigger severe flash floods and landslides in Bhutan

At least 10 people have died as persistent heavy rains triggered major flash flooding in Bhutan, authorities reported on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Residents in the Himalayan region were caught off guard by rising rivers and streams, inundating homes and buildings....

June 17, 2021

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Snow falls in Cordoba for only 7th time in 100 years, Argentina

Residents in parts of Argentina, particularly in the city of Cordoba, woke up to the surprising sight of snow on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. It was the first time the city was covered in white in 14 years. Snow in the city is believed to have occurred on very few...

June 17, 2021

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Intense dust storms affecting Kuwait

Intense dust storms are affecting Kuwait since June 10, 2021, significantly reducing visibility and causing severe traffic chaos. The meteorological department said strong winds, dust storms, and heat can be expected at least until June 20. Intense dust storms are...

June 17, 2021

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Severe floods and landslides wreak havoc across Nepal's Gandaki Province

Incessant heavy rainfall battering Nepal's Gandaki Province since Tuesday, June 15, 2021, resulted in damaging floods and landslides in which at least 7 people lost their lives. At least 19 others are still missing as of Thursday, June 17. Heavy monsoon rains...

June 17, 2021

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Rare waterspouts spotted in the Strait of Georgia for 2 days in a row, Canada

Several waterspouts were seen in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and British Columbia, Canada, for two days in a row on Wednesday and Thursday, June 9 and 10, 2021. According to Environment Canada, the occurrence of up to five waterspouts in two days...

June 16, 2021

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October weather in June: Sudden heavy downpour triggers paralyzing floods in Istanbul, Turkey

A sudden flood-inducing rainfall paralyzed daily life in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Roads turned into lakes as floodwaters engulfed underpasses, submerging many vehicles and stranding motorists. The severe weather is expected to continue until...

June 16, 2021

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Slow-moving meteor from large asteroid 2004 HW puts on spectacular display over Andalucía, Spain

A slow-moving fireball lit up the night sky over Andalucí​a, Spain, at 21:33 UTC (23:33 LT) on Monday, June 14, 2021. The spectacular event was mostly witnessed in the provinces of Sevilla, Malaga, and Cadiz. According to an analysis, the meteor entered the...

June 16, 2021

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More than 260 000 affected as heavy rains hit Guatemala

At least five people have lost their lives and a total of 266 408 have been affected in Guatemala since the rainy season began in May, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED). The latest fatalities were in Solola Department, where three...

June 15, 2021

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Severe storms and flooding continue to batter northern Spain

Severe storms, including intense rain and hail, have been affecting northern Spain over the past 10 days, causing widespread flooding that led to hundreds of incident reports. On Monday, June 14, 2021, emergency services reported 54 weather-related incidents in a...

June 15, 2021

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Unseasonal snowstorm and cold hit Iceland, prompt rescue operations

Heavy, unseasonal snow and sleet covered the northern and eastern parts of Iceland on Sunday, June 13, 2021. The snow was so heavy in some areas that tourists had to be rescued after getting trapped. Temperatures also plummeted to freezing levels and are expected to...

June 15, 2021

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Mumbai soaked by 6 months' worth of rain in 5 days, India

India's largest city Mumbai registered a total of 715.3 mm (28.2 inches) from June 8 to 12, 2021 -- nearly six months' worth of June rain (126.1 mm (5 inches)). Heavy downpours are expected to continue until June 17. This year, the city may overtake its...

June 14, 2021