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kambalni volcano erupts march 25 2017

Kambalny volcano erupts after 248 years of sleep, Russia

A major eruption started at Kamchatkan Kambalny volcano at 21:20 UTC on March 24, 2017, prompting authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code to Orange. According to experts, the sharp intensification of the volcano was a complete surprise. Although there are...

March 25, 2017

kaikoura earthquake the most complex in modern history

Kaikoura earthquake, the most complex in modern history

In November 2016, a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand, causing significant damage and between 80 000 - 100 000 landslides. Now, an international team of scientists says the quake was so complex and unusual that it is likely to change how scientists...

March 24, 2017

new clouds added to international cloud atlas

After 30 years, new cloud types added to Cloud Atlas

Celebrating the World Meteorological Day on March 23, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its new, long-awaited, digitized International Cloud Atlas. The atlas is global reference for observing and identifying clouds, which are an essential part...

March 23, 2017

_k cor promises earlier space weather warnings

K-Cor promises earlier space weather warnings

A new research instrument located on the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii - K-Coronagraph - showed the technique it uses to observe Sun's corona can be used to provide earlier warnings to astronauts when dangerous high-energy particles are blasted out of the...

March 23, 2017

bright blue fireball over sweden march 20 2017

Very large blue fireball illuminates sky over Sweden

A very large blue fireball illuminated the sky over Sweden around 20:30 UTC (21:30 CET) on March 20, 2017. The event was so powerful that the whole sky lit up, Swedish All Sky Meteor Network astronomers said. Images of the event immediately started appearing on...

March 21, 2017

march equinox

Happy Equinox

The first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the southern hemisphere takes place on March 20, 2017. On this day, the Sun rises due east and sets due west. It will shine directly on the equator,...

March 20, 2017

twister forms at brisbane airport march 2017

Twister forms at Brisbane Airport, Australia

A tornado has reportedly touched down near Brisbane Airport in Queensland, Australia on March 17, 2017, during a severe weather outbreak. Although BOM said evidence suggests the twister was a landspout, Higgins Storm Chasing group claims the phenomenon was actually...

March 17, 2017

gigantic blue jet brazil march 2017

WATCH: Very rare, gigantic blue jet over Paraíba, Brazil

Diego Rhamon managed to capture a gigantic jet (giant blue jet) taking place in Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil on March 13, 2017. It is the first recording of this elusive weather phenomenon in Brazil. According to Rhamon, the cumulonimbus cloud that...

March 16, 2017

calbuco eruption expanded ozone hole to record size study

Calbuco's eruption expanded ozone hole to record size

A new study argues that eruption of the Chilean volcano Calbuco on April 22, 2015 stretched the Antarctic Ozone Hole, the thinnest portion of the ozone shell that shields Earth from harmful radiation, to a record size nearly as large as Africa. It did so by ejecting...

March 15, 2017

colombo sri lanka

Worst harvest in 40 years as drought affects 1.2 million, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is enduring its worst drought in decades and worst harvest in 40 years, affecting more than 1.2 million people. Of them, over 600 000 are children. Sri Lanka's government said over 1.2 million people have been affected by drought which began last...

March 14, 2017

comet encke on soho lasco c3 image at 10 30 march 11 2017

Comet Encke swings around the Sun as seen by solar observatory

For the past couple of days, Comet 2P/Encke is visible through the eyes of ESA/NASA solar observatory SOHO as it swings around the Sun. The comet made its closest approach to the Sun - perihelion - at 02:11 UTC on March 10, 2017. Encke is a periodic comet that...

March 13, 2017

tornado near wurzburg germany damage march 9 2017

Early season tornado near Würzburg, Germany

A single small cell produced an early season tornado near Würzburg, Germany on March 9, 2017. Pictures and videos of this rather photogenic twister soon started circulating social media. According to local police reports, the tornado destroyed a lot in the...

March 10, 2017

westgate park lake turns pink march 2017

Westgate Park lake turns bright pink, Australia

A salt lake in Westgate Park, just off the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne's center, Australia has turned a brilliant, bright pink a few days ago, delighting locals. Parks Victoria said this is a natural phenomenon in response to very high salt...

March 09, 2017

16 sinkholes west rand johannesburg south africa

At least 16 sinkholes found near Johannesburg after heavy rains

At least 16 sinkholes have been identified in West Rand's Khutsong near Johannesburg, South Africa following heavy rains that hit the drought-stricken country in the wake of Tropical Cyclone "Dineo." During the early morning hours of Sunday, March 5,...

March 08, 2017

texas wildfire march 7 2017

Large and deadly wildfires strike Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado

At least four people have died in Texas Panhandle where wildfires scorched more than 130 000 hectares (320 000 acres) and prompted mandatory evacuations. Large grass fires are also affecting Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma, some of which are also forcing evacuations....

March 07, 2017

One of the greatest mass extinctions caused by volcanic eruptions

One of the greatest mass extinctions caused by volcanic eruptions

Scientists have linked global mass extinction at the Permian-Triassic boundary some 250 million years ago to an ice age caused by the activity of the first volcanism in the Siberian Traps. The research paves the way for a new vision of the Earth's climate...

March 06, 2017

ef 4 tornado perryville missouri february 28 2017

Perryville tornado rated EF-4, the first violent tornado of 2017

The National Weather Service has upgraded the Perryville, Missouri tornado of February 28, 2017 to EF-4 today. This makes it the first violent tornado of 2017. The event lasted an astounding 1 hour and 2 minutes and was the longest track tornado in the coverage area...

March 04, 2017