Atmosphere

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Very powerful explosions of light detected in Earth's atmosphere, possibly a new physical phenomenon

Russian Astro and Geophysics satellite named after 18th-century scientists Mikhail Lomonosov, also known as MVL-300, has reportedly detected a previously unknown physical phenomenon in the Earth's atmosphere. This space-based observatory was launched in 2016 in...

February 17, 2019

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Large amounts of African dust pushed into Greece and Canary Islands

Strong winds affecting northern Africa have pushed thick Saharan dust toward the Canary Islands and Greece on February 5 and 6, 2019, significantly lowering air quality in both regions. Large amounts of dust were pushed from Morocco and Mauritania toward the Canary...

February 06, 2019

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Major Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) underway, significant winter weather likely across large parts of Europe

A major Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event is currently underway in the stratosphere above the Arctic. While not every SSW event is the same and it takes some time for it to show its effects in the troposphere, meteorologists say we can expect colder air move...

January 02, 2019

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Noctilucent clouds blanket Antarctica

NASA's AIM spacecraft is monitoring a 4 800-km wide (3000 miles) ring of noctilucent clouds circling high above Antarctica. The 2018 southern hemisphere noctilucent season began on November 21, said Cora Randall, a member of the AIM science team at the...

December 26, 2018

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Huge ELVE captured high above a thunderstorm over Russia

A 300 km (186 miles) wide ELVE was photographed hight above a thunderstorm in central Russia on August 16, 2018. This transient luminous event was recorded using a low-light video camera in the Russian town of Irbit, Sverdlovsk Oblast, by amateur astronomer Ilya...

August 19, 2018

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Unexpected surge of water vapor in the mesosphere, prolonged noctilucent clouds season

During the first half of August 2018, reports of noctilucent clouds to Spaceweather.com have tripled compared to the same period in 2017 and researchers at the University of Colorado may have figured out why. "There has been an unexpected surge of water vapor...

August 16, 2018

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Severe thunderstorms produce furious outburst of sprites over central Europe

Powerful thunderstorms that hit parts of central Europe over the past couple of days produced a furious outburst of sprites. "It was unreal," Martin Popek, a well-known photographer of the upward directed bolts, told SpaceWeather.com. "I recorded more...

June 11, 2018

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Huge plume of Saharan dust traveling over Atlantic, several plumes hitting SE Europe

A huge plume of Saharan dust is currently being transported over the Atlantic Ocean. At the same time, several plumes are moving toward southeastern Europe as well as towards the Alps. What scientists working at CAMS (Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, a part...

June 08, 2018

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Northern hemisphere's 2018 noctilucent clouds season begins

NASA's AIM spacecraft has spotted first Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs) of the 2018 northern hemisphere NLC season at the end of May. And just as they spotted them forming, people on the ground started seeing them, too. "They are back!" Ruslan Merzlyakov...

June 02, 2018

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Largest dust storm in 5 years descends on Taiwan

Air quality suffered greatly as the largest dust storm in five years descended onto the island nation on April 6 -7, 2018, with western Taiwan's Yunlin county being hardest hit, measuring 10 out of 10 in Air Quality Index (AQI). New Taipei City's Wanli...

April 08, 2018

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Early season red sprites appear over Czech Republic

Two red sprites, transient optical phenomena appearing as luminous reddish-orange flashes, have been recorded over the Czech Republic on April 4, 2018, marking the early beginning of 2018 sprite season in the northern hemisphere. Lucky photographer this season was...

April 05, 2018

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Dust storm kills three in Uttar Pradesh, India

A massive dust storm hit many parts of central and eastern Uttar Pradesh, India, on March 30, 2018, killing three people. The storm disrupted traffic and caused power outages in many locations and uprooted multiple trees, an official said. One person was killed...

April 01, 2018

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Orange snow carpets parts of eastern Europe

Parts of eastern Europe, especially mountainous regions in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Bulgaria and Romania, transformed into Mars-like landscape on March 23 - 25, 2018 as sand and dust from desert storms in northern Africa caused snow to turn orange. According to...

March 26, 2018

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Severe dust storm hits Crete, Greece

A cutoff low in the central Mediterranean pushed huge amounts of Saharan dust from Libya toward the eastern Mediterranean on March 22, 2018, heavily impacting the region, especially the island of Crete. A thick layer of Saharan sand reached Crete around 16:00 local...

March 23, 2018

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Cold front to sweep North Africa and raise large amounts of dust

A cold front sweeping northern Africa will raise large amounts of dust in the days ahead. Airborne dust will reach central and eastern Mediterranean as well as southern Europe, including Malta, Italy, Greece, Turkey... It's going to get significantly colder...

March 16, 2018

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Mini ozone hole appears over western Canada

On February 7, 2018, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service or CAMS, has successfully predicted the appearance of an ozone mini-hole over western Canada on February 12 or 13. Sudden stratospheric warmings like the one currently in progress have been shown to...

February 15, 2018

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Warnings issued as Sudden Stratospheric Warming threatens Europe with big freeze

Weather models are suggesting a very high probability of a rare North Pole weather phenomenon called Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) taking place later this month and bringing prolonged bitterly-cold temperatures to the United Kingdom and parts of Europe. Such...

February 08, 2018