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One of the founding fathers of The Watchers. Researcher and editor of The Watchers.

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15 percent of United States gripped by extreme to exceptional drought

As of May 6, 2014, nearly 15 percent of United States was gripped by extreme to exceptional drought, according to U.S. Drought Monitor. Half of the United States was experiencing at least some level of drought. The summer season is just beginning but

May 14, 2014


Coronal Hole directly facing Earth, filament eruption

Aside from a nice filament eruption and a Coronal Hole directly facing Earth, thus allowing solar material to freely rush in our direction, solar activity has been at low levels during last 30 hours.It is expected to remain low with a chance for M-cl

May 13, 2014


Strong eruption of Sakurajima volcano, Japan

Sakurajima volcano experienced its strongest eruption this year on May 10, 2014. According to the Tokyo VAAC, the eruption started at 04:07 UTC and had a column of ash and smoke up to 5.4 km into the air, extending south.The flow of lava and ash was repor

May 11, 2014


Astronomy Day - astronomy and stargazing clubs open doors

Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. It is a good day to contact local astronomy clubs or planetariums and find out about their speci

May 10, 2014


Massive sandstorm hits northwest China

Massive sandstorm in northwest China is transporting large sand deposits from Taklimakan Desert in western China and the Gobi desert in the east, through Gansu Province and the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. A very large front is moving eastward across Asia,...

April 25, 2014


Massive, shallow and deadly earthquake M 8.2 struck Chile

Powerful, shallow and deadly earthquake M 8.2 struck NW of Iquique, Chile on April 01, 2014 at 23:46 UTC. USGS repored depth of 20 km (12.5 miles). EMSC is also reporting M 8.2 at depth of 20 km. The epicenter was located at

April 02, 2014


Newly detected ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere

Four gases contributing to the destruction of the ozone layer were identified in the atmosphere. All four of them have been released into the atmosphere recently. Scientists at the University of East Anglia made the discovery by

March 14, 2014


Near X-class solar flare and geomagnetic storm - M9.3

Near X-class solar flare reaching M9.3 erupted from departing Sunspot 1996 on March 12, 2013 at 22:34 UTC. This decaying sunspot is located near eastern limb and generated CME was not geoeffective, however, it produced a R2 (Moderate) Solar Flare Radio Blackout

March 13, 2014


Sunspot 1996 produced M3.5 solar flare

Active Region 1996, located in the northern hemisphere, produced moderate  M3.5 solar flare at 03:50 UTC on March 11, 2014. This active region continues to rotate closer towards the northwestwern limb.   SDO's AIA 304 and EVE with GOES X-ray flux

March 11, 2014

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M 6.8 earthquake struck east of South Sandwich Islands

M 6.8 earthquake struck east of South Sandwich Islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean on March 11, 2014 at 02:44 UTC. The epicenter was located 418 km (260 miles) ESE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands at coordinates 60.839°S 19.957°W. All

March 11, 2014


US solar sector boomed in 2013, growing trend expected to continue through 2014

United States solar industry boomed last year with a record breaking volume of new solar capacity added, almost 5 000 MW. U.S. has installed more solar in last 18 months than in the previous 30 years combined and the growing trend is expected to

March 08, 2014


Tropical Cylone Kofi formed near Fiji

Tropical Cyclone Kofi (16P formed) near Fiji after lingering in the region for several days as a tropical low pressure area. The system is moving southeastward. According to Australia Network News, Tropical Cyclone Kofi, as a low pressure area, had already dropped

March 02, 2014


Tropical Storm "Faxai" developed in Northwestern Pacific

Tropical Storm "Faxai" organized on February 28, 2014 in Northwestern Pacific Ocean, southeast of the island of Guam and Andersen Air Force Base.System 93W formed into Tropical Depression 03W early on February 28. By 15:00 UTC, the depression strengthened

March 02, 2014


SDO 2014 spring eclipse season has begun

Twice every year, around the time of the equinoxes, Earth can pass directly between the Sun and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), producing a series of beautiful eclipses. For the next 3 weeks the Earth will pass between SDO and the Sun around 07:30 UTC

March 01, 2014


Over 21 000 birds killed by storms on French coast since the end of January

According to the French national Bird Protection League (LPO), more than 21 000 sea birds have died since the end of January on France's Atlantic coast due to storms in the worst "slaughter" in a century.  A total of 21 341 dead

February 28, 2014

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Subsiding geomagnetic storm sparked bright auroras over northern Europe, Greenland and Iceland

Coronal mass Ejection brushed Earth's magnetic field causing G2 (Moderate) Geomagnetic Storming late on February 27, 2014. The event was associated with the R3 (Strong) Solar Flare Radio Blackout event caused by February 25th X4.9 solar flare. A

February 28, 2014

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Moderate and damaging M 4.6 earthquake struck near Super Pit goldmine, near Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Moderate but slightly damaging earthquake, registered as M 4.6 (GA Australia) struck near Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia on February 26, 2014. EMSC recorded M4.5 while USGS has no data. The epicenter was located 30 km west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western

February 27, 2014


Active volcanoes in the world: February 19 - February 25, 2014

In last 7 days new activity was observed at 5 volcanoes, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world from February 19 - February 25, 2014 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria. New

February 27, 2014

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M 6.1 earthquake struck Fox Islands, Alaska

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska on February 26, 2014 at 21:13:40 UTC. The epicenter was located 138 km (85 mi) NNW of Amukta Island, Alaska at coordinates 53.679N 171.837W. The epicenter was at depth of 264 km (164.5

February 27, 2014


Prolonged dry spell hits Singapore and Malaysia

Singapore suffered its longest dry spell on record in period between January 13 and February 8. Dry weather conditions continue to prevail in Singapore during the dry phase of the Northeast Monsoon season.  The dry weather affecting Singapore and the

February 26, 2014

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Powerful X4.9 solar flare erupted from Sunspot 1990

Newly numbered Active Region 1990 produced powerful X4.9 solar flare at 00:49 UTC on February 25, 2014, making it the third largest X-flare event of the current solar cycle. This decaying sunspot is in fact old returning region previously numbered as AR 1967. This is

February 25, 2014


"How wolves change rivers" by George Monbiot

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in

February 21, 2014


Dangerous air pollution hit Iceland's capital

Reykjavík and other parts of Iceland recorded 40 times the upper safe limit of pollution levels on February 19/20, 2014. The pollution levels haven't been so high since the last volcanic eruptions in 2010-2011. However, this time it is not ash that

February 21, 2014

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Persistent strombolian activity at Etna's New Southeast Crater

Mild, persistent strombolian activity is continuing at Etna's New Southeast Crater (NSEC) from the same two eruptive vents within the crater that have been active over the past few days. Lava emission continues from an effusive vent located within the

February 16, 2014


The Day After Tomorrow - Blizzards and freezing rain wreak havoc in parts of central and eastern Europe

Parts of central and eastern Europe have been devastated by blizzards and freezing rain in last couple of days. Cold spell and snowstorms disrupted power supplies, travel and schools... some regions are still cut out from the rest of the world. Though the snow

February 06, 2014


Extreme drought in California

On January 17, 2014, amid California's driest year on record, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in the state. Rivers and water reservoirs in California are dangerously low after the driest years on record. "Today I'm

January 23, 2014


Giant trench discovered under Antarctic ice

UK scientists have discovered a giant trench under the ice in West Antarctica. The Ellsworth Trough trench is up to three kilometers deep and more than 300 kilometers long and up to 25 kilometers across (deeper than the Grand Canyon). The floor of this

January 18, 2014


Sunspot 1944 unleashed M 1.3 solar flare

Decaying Active Region 1944 erupted impulsive M1.3 solar flare at 21:51 UTC on January 13, 2014. This active region is about to rotate onto the west limb. Active Region 1946 is also about to rotate behind the west limb. Other five visible regions remain

January 14, 2014


Dead Sea's water level still dropped in December, despite rainstorms

The level of the Dead Sea has continued to drop. Despite heavy rains in the past three monts and lower than normal temperatures, the Dead Sea has fallen another 3 cm. Water level has reached a level of 427.82 meters (1,403 feet) below sea level. Ten years

January 11, 2014


Tropical Cyclone Ian impacts Tonga

Powerful and rare Category 5 tropical cyclone is starting to affect northern Tonga archipelago. Tropical Cyclone Ian is a first cyclone of the South Pacific season, which typically runs from November through April. The Met

January 11, 2014


Arctic blast hits Canada and USA

"Polar vortex" takes aim on United States with dangerous life-threatening temperatures. National Weather Service warned that much of the US will see coldest temperatures in about 20 years as an arctic cold front descends. A fresh blast of arctic air

January 06, 2014


Geminid meteor shower peaks around December 13/14, 2013

Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower. This year's meteor shower peak is expected around December 13/14. Visual meteor rates are still low, but first meteorids will start appear in

December 06, 2013

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M 6.3 earthquake hit Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia

Shallow M 6.3 earthquake (USGS/EMSC) hit Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia at 01:24 UTC on December 1, 2013. Epicenter was located 343km (213mi) WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia and 351km (218mi) ENE of Dili, East Timor at depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

December 01, 2013

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Two massive lakes discovered underneath the Greenland Ice Sheet

According to recently published study, two massive subglacial lakes have been discovered 800 meters beneath surface of the melting Greenland Ice Sheet. Lakes discovered by researchers from the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) at the University of

November 30, 2013

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It's alive!

Just as we all accepted that the Comet ISON has most likely disintegrated under the high heat and gravitational stress of the Sun, amazing sungrazer came ALIVE, gaining more brightness. Thousands watched ISON's journey through the solar system and its unusual

November 29, 2013

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Spectacular 18th paroxysm at Mt. Etna, Italy

Spectacular lava bubbles over the New SE crater announced 18th paroxysm of Mt. Etna in Italy. The eruption continues to increase and there are now at least 2 vents producing lava fountains. A tall ash plume triggered the temporary airspace closure over

November 28, 2013

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Mount Etna erupts - lava fountains up to 800 meters

Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has erupted again, less than a week from it's last eruption. In the morning of November 23, 2013 the 17th paroxysmal eruptive episode occurred at the cinder cone east of Etna's Southeast Crater. Continuous

November 24, 2013


Impulsive M1.1 flare erupted around western limb

An impulsive M1.1 solar flare was detected around departing Sunspot 1899 at 02:32 UTC on November 23, 2013. The source was actually a newly numbered Region 1904 (N12W60, Dai/beta-gamma). This region appeared to have enough of a separation in SDO HMI/Magnetogram imagery

November 23, 2013


Rare Tropical Cyclone Alessia about to impact western Australia

An unusually early-season tropical cyclone developed in the Indian Ocean between Indonesia and Western Australia and will continue its slow journey eastward, reaching the northwestern part of the Australia by the end of the weekend. The Australian cyclone

November 22, 2013


Tropical Cyclone Helen makes landfall in India

Tropical Cyclone Helen, accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain, has made landfall near Machilipatnam, across the Andhra Pradesh in India. 8,000 people have been evacuated to safer places while two persons were killed in separate rain-related

November 22, 2013