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el capitan debris flow santa barbara california january 20 2017

Floods, major debris flows as heavy rain hits Southern California

The second of three big storms hit Southern California on Friday, January 20, 2017, flooding roads and causing major debris flows. The rain was falling at a rate of more than 25.4 mm (1 inch) per hour. The third storm is expected on Sunday and Monday. The Sherpa...

January 21, 2017

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82 false killer whales dead after stranding in Florida Everglades

95 false killer whales, large members of the dolphin family, have stranded along Hog Key in the Florida Everglades this weekend. Attempts were made to try and herd the animals back out into deeper water but 82 have died and 13 are unaccounted for. To date, it is the...

January 18, 2017

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Large earth fissure opens in Northern Cape, South Africa

A large earth fissure has opened up between the cities of Daniëlskuil and Kuruman in Northern Cape, South Africa after heavy rains hit the region at the beginning of the month. The fissure is still growing and is nearing dangerously close to the R31 road...

January 16, 2017

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TD 01W Auring reformed near southern Vietnam, dropping heavy rain

Tropical Depression 01W, named Auring by PAGASA, has reformed along the coast of southern Vietnam and is dropping heavy rain. The system will make landfall after 06:00 UTC on January 16, 2017, cross the southern Vietnam into the Gulf of Thailand and dissipate. The...

January 15, 2017

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New eruption at Lopevi volcano, Alert Level raised to 3

A new eruption is underway at Vanuatu's Lopevi volcano and the Alert Level was raised to 3 (of 5) on Friday, January 13, 2017. At 01:00 UTC today, pilot reports confirmed volcanic plume to 3 km (10 000 feet) above sea level. The last known eruption of this...

January 13, 2017

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More than 50 houses swept away into Cross River, Nigeria

A devastating landslide took place on Saturday, January 7, 2017, in Agwagune Community of the Nigerian Cross River State. The slide swept away more than 50 houses into the Cross River. This area is well known for landslides and flooding. In 1997, a deadly landslide...

January 11, 2017

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Three fireballs recorded over Brazil

Three fireballs were recorded over Brazil in the past couple of days. Over Campina Grande on January 6, north of Rio de Janeiro on January 7, and over Espirito Santo on January 9, 2017. Fireballs over Brazil on January 6, 7 and 9, 2017. Image credit: Google The...

January 10, 2017

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Newly discovered asteroid 2017 AG13 to flyby Earth at 0.53 LD

A newly discovered asteroid named 2017 AG13 will make a very close approach to our planet on January 9, 2017. This asteroid belongs to Aten group of asteroids. 2017 AG13 has an estimated size between 11 and 34 m (36 and 111 feet). It will flyby our planet at 12:47...

January 08, 2017

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Wildfires in Argentina consume over 1 million hectares

Massive wildfires in the Pampas region of Argentina which started mid-December 2016 have burned over 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres) of country's famous pampas by January 5, 2017. Severe drought during the winter and spring of 2016 in northeastern...

January 07, 2017

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Model calls for excessive snowfall in south-central Italy and Sicily

Latest update from the Wrfitalia Meteo model for the ongoing Adriatic/Tyrrhenian sea-effect-snowfall over south-central Italy and Sicily calls for excessive snowfall over the coming days. Meanwhile, cold arctic airmass is spreading further south across central...

January 06, 2017

3d meteor shower streams model

3D animated visualization of meteoroid streams

The International Meteor Organization (IMO) has just added a new feature to their online meteor shower calendar - a 3D animated view of the meteoroid streams the Earth will encounter all along its journey around the Sun. The model was created by Ian Webster, and...

January 05, 2017

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In 2016, United States had most floods since records began in 1980

In 2016, the United States had 19 separate severe flood events, the most in a single year since records began in 1980. The data comes from Munich RE, a global reinsurance company. In total, there were 91 weather, climate or geological disasters in the United States...

January 04, 2017

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Switzerland experienced driest December since 1864

With an average of just 2 mm (0.079 inches) of precipitation, the Swiss lowlands (from Lake Geneva to Lake Constance) experienced their driest December since records began in 1864. In the region's west, there was no precipitation at all. "In the long-term...

January 03, 2017

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Quadrantids, known for spectacular fireballs, peak on January 3

The Quadrantid meteor shower, one of the best annual meteor showers and well known for producing spectacular fireballs, will peak around 14:00 UTC on January 3, 2016. The Moon will be 6 days old at the time of peak activity, presenting minimal interference. This is...

January 02, 2017

bright meteor streaks over turrialba volcano costa rica december 28 2016

Rare sight: Meteor streaks over erupting Turrialba volcano

Two forces of nature have combined on December 28, 2016, and brought us a rare view of a bright meteor streaking seemingly low over the erupting Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica. The event occurred at 04:22 UTC on December 28 (22:22 local time on December 27),...

December 30, 2016

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Bright fireball disintegrates over Guatemala

A bright fireball was observed disintegrating over Central America at 04:30 UTC on December 28, 2016 (22:30 CST on December 27). The event was observed from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Witnesses from Guatemala said they saw up to seven flashes in the sky....

December 28, 2016

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Extreme desert rains flood Northern Territory, Australia

A massive Christmas storm, described by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) as a twice-a-century weather event, brought a record amount of rainfall to the Northern Territory, causing flash floods, evacuations and the closure of Australia's famous national...

December 27, 2016