NMC issues Orange alert for severe cold, China

NMC issues Orange alert for severe cold, China

Severe weather warnings have been issued across China, with temperatures set to plummet in the south and Beijing experiencing snowy conditions. The National Meteorological Center (NMC) has renewed an orange alert, indicating significant temperature drops of 6 to 12 °C (10.8 to 21.6 °F) in southern regions and more than 20 °C (36 °F) in some areas. Beijing saw up to 4.1 cm (1.6 inches) of snow, affecting traffic and pedestrian safety. In Xinjiang, a new record low of -52.3 °C (-62.14 °F) was set, breaking a 64-year-old record.

Severe sandstorms hit parts of NW China

Severe sandstorms hit parts of NW China

Severe sandstorms hit Ruoqiang County in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on the morning of February 17, 2024, reducing visibility to less than 100 m (330 feet) and prompting authorities to implement traffic control measures on many roads. In Turpan, local rescue teams were deployed to assist those stranded by the sandstorms.

New study confirms AMOC is on tipping course

New study confirms AMOC is on tipping course

A new study published in Science Advances by René M. Van Westen, Michael Kliphuis, and Henk A. Dijkstra on February 9, 2024, unveils a physics-based early warning signal indicating the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is on a tipping course towards collapse.

Research points to strong moonquakes from lunar faults, impacting future missions

Research points to strong moonquakes from lunar faults, impacting future missions

A recent study published in the Planetary Science Journal by T. R. Watters and colleagues in 2024 highlights the contractional deformation and associated seismicity at the lunar south pole, particularly within the de Gerlache Rim 2 Artemis III candidate landing region, raising concerns for future robotic and human exploration.

Severe snowstorm paralyzes Astana, Kazakhstan

Severe snowstorm paralyzes Astana, Kazakhstan

A heavy snowstorm hit Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan (population 1 million), on February 8, 2024, causing decreased road visibility and paralyzing city operations.

New study revises the origin of continents without the need for plate tectonics

New study revises the origin of continents without the need for plate tectonics

A group of geoscientists have recently challenged the conventional understanding of continental formation by presenting evidence that the origins of continents can be explained by internal geological forces alone, without initiating plate tectonics. The study highlights the role of oceanic plateaus in the early Earth’s crustal development.

Widespread floods and landslides in southern Philippines claim 14 lives

Widespread floods and landslides in southern Philippines claim 14 lives

The death toll from landslides and floods caused by torrential rain in the southern Philippines has reached 14, as reported on Saturday, February 3, 2024. The severe weather has affected parts of Mindanao, the country’s second-largest island, leading to tens of thousands seeking refuge in emergency shelters. Davao de Oro, a province known for its gold mining, has been particularly hard-hit, with 10 fatalities in recent days due to relentless rain.

Raging wildfires claim more than 120 lives, leave hundreds missing in central Chile

Raging wildfires claim more than 120 lives, leave hundreds missing in central Chile

Intense wildfires in central Chile have resulted in at least 112 fatalities, hundreds missing and the destruction of thousands of homes as of early Monday, February 5, 2024. A state of emergency has been declared in response to the crisis, with fires continuing to spread through densely populated areas. Chilean President Gabriel Boric and Interior Minister Carolina Tohá highlighted the severity of the situation, noting the challenges posed by 92 active fires amid unusually high temperatures and the impact of the El Niño weather pattern.