Atmosphere

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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

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Heavy dust storm envelops parts of the Middle East, turning the sky dark red

Heavy dust storm engulfed parts of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria on January 19, 2018, turning the sky into dark red. Over the next 72 hours, the dust cloud is expected to sweep Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, but with decreasing...

January 20, 2018

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Supercooled rainbow appears over Muonio, Finland

A supercooled rainbow was observed and photographed above Muonio, Finland on December 4, 2017. Supercooled rainbows were also sighted in the Arctic last year. "I have never seen a rainbow during the winter and I didn't even know that it is possible for them...

December 07, 2017

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Three decades of measurements show ozone's ups and downs

Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery after international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances. The part of Earth’s atmosphere with high concentrations of ozone gas...

November 20, 2017

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Ozone hole in 2017 the smallest since 1988

Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced today. According to NASA, the ozone hole reached its peak...

November 03, 2017

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Massive dust and sand storm hits Middle East, sending hundreds to hospitals

A massive dust and sand storm swept over northern Saudi Arabia, Syria, parts of Jordan and much of Iraq on October 29, 2017, significantly reducing visibility and sending a large number of people to hospitals. In Kurdistan Region's capital city of Erbil (Iraq),...

October 30, 2017

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Study explains anomaly in Earth's atmosphere over the Weddell Sea

A new study finds that the ionospheric anomaly over the Weddell Sea, near the tip of South America in the southeast Pacific Ocean, is likely influenced by proximity to auroral energy input, rather than by tilting magnetic fields. The anomaly was discovered in the...

August 08, 2017

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Very rare ball lightning recorded in Bergamo, Italy

Ball lightning, a very rare and one of the most fascinating types of lightning, has been recorded in Bergamo, Italy around 01:30 CET on July 14, 2017 during severe storms. Immediately after the strong pulsing glow came a very strong smell of sulfur, a common trait...

July 17, 2017

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After delayed start, magnificent noctilucent clouds are back in full effect

Following a delayed start to the northern hemisphere's 2017 Noctilucent clouds season, the magnificent, electric-blue clouds are now back in full effect. Noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds are a seasonal phenomenon, occurring most often in late spring and...

July 04, 2017

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Huge plume of Saharan dust over the Atlantic Ocean

This week's strong winds lofted a huge dust plume from western Africa and carried it toward the northeast into Europe and west toward Cabo Verde Islands. The event is ongoing, reaching far into eastern Europe and over the Atlantic Ocean. While very high load of...

May 13, 2017