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Arkansas River approaching historic highs, at least 7 killed as severe storms march through central U.S.

Another wave of severe thunderstorms is affecting the central United States since Monday, May 20, 2019, with heavy rain and nearly 100 tornadoes. At least 7 weather-related deaths were confirmed since May 21. Meanwhile, Arkansas River is approaching historic highs....

May 23, 2019

cerro blanco

Cerro Blanco eruption among the largest in last 11 700 years, comparable to massive Santorini eruption

Cerro Blanco Volcanic Complex, located in the south of the Altiplano-Puna plateau, erupted around 4 200 years ago in one of the largest eruptions of the last 5 000 years in the Central Volcanic Zone of the Andes. In addition, the estimated volume of ejected ash...

May 21, 2019

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Small asteroid explodes over Australia

An asteroid with an estimated diameter of 1.2 m (3.9 feet) streaked through the night sky over central Australia around 14:50 UTC on May 19 (00:20 ACST May 20) and was captured by multiple cameras. The event lasted several seconds before the object disintegrated in...

May 20, 2019

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Very rare snowfall and record lows hit French Mediterranean island of Corsica

Residents of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica woke up this week to unusually heavy snow and record low temperatures. Up to 30 cm (11.81 inches) of snow was reported up in the mountain stations on May 15, 2019 and up to 25 cm (9.84 inches) on the Vizzavona...

May 18, 2019

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Amazing view of new eruption at Agung volcano, Indonesia

Indonesian Agung volcano erupted again at 18:08 UTC on May 17, 2019 (02:08 LT, May 18), ejecting ash up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code is Red. The Darwin VAAC estimated volcanic ash height at 7.6 km (25 000 feet) a.s.l. based on...

May 17, 2019

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Newly forming underwater volcano discovered near Mayotte, source of intense earthquake swarm

Attempts to understand the reason behind the intense volcano-seismic crisis affecting Mayotte since May 2018 have finally resulted in a solid answer - the discovery of newly forming underwater volcano. The volcano is located 50 km (31 miles) east of the Petite-Terre...

May 17, 2019

gfs may 21 2019

Three atmospheric rivers aim U.S. West, heavy rain and higher elevation snow expected

A potent weather system will bring rain, locally, heavy with higher elevation snow to portions of California, southwestern Oregon, and the Northern Rockies. As much as 60 cm (2 feet) of snow may blanket the California mountains above 1.8 km (6 000 feet). Rain and...

May 15, 2019

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The highest number of internally displaced people on record

A record 41.3 million people were displaced inside their own countries at the end of 2018 due to conflict and natural disasters, according to a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). The number of...

May 13, 2019

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Tropical Cyclone "Fani" death toll hits 64, now the deadliest cyclone since 1999 Super Cyclone, India

The death toll caused by Tropical Cyclone "Fani" which made landfall May 3, 2019, in the Indian state of Odisha rose to 64, government sources confirmed Sunday, May 13. This made it the deadliest cyclone to hit India since 1999 Super Cyclone. The special...

May 13, 2019

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Pressure building up under Piparo mud volcano, Trinidad and Tobago

Pressure is building up under Piparo mud volcano, Trinidad and Tobago, rising fears another eruption is imminent. Geologists said active changes have also been observed on the surface and subsurface of volcanic vents which erupted 22 years ago, killing livestock and...

May 13, 2019

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Extreme floods hit Asunción, Paraguay

Floods in Paraguay displaced approximately 40 000 people over the past two months and caused significant losses to the country's cattle industry. Some 10 000 people have been evacuated to capital Asunción where extreme floods took place on May 10. Locals...

May 12, 2019

portugal

Oceanic plate next to Portugal seems to be peeling apart, creating a new supercontinent

A new study suggests that the oceanic plate next to Portugal could be peeling apart in a process that may result in the disappearance of the Atlantic Ocean and the creation of a new supercontinent. On November 1, 1755, a giant 8.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the...

May 11, 2019

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Wettest 12-month period in recorded history, U.S.

With 919.48 mm (36.20 inches) recorded from April 2018 to May 2019, the United States has set its new year-long rainfall record. The previous record was 908.81 mm (35.78 inches) recorded from April 2015 to March 2016. "Averages across the contiguous U.S., the...

May 10, 2019

ilopango

Detailed stratigraphy of massive Tierra Blanca Joven eruption, one the worst volcanic catastrophes in Central America

The Ilopango caldera is the source of the large volcanic eruption known as 'Tierra Blanca Joven' (TBJ) that occurred between ca. AD270 and AD535. According to new research published recently in Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, this event...

May 09, 2019

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Close call with a rare positive lightning strike in Florida

A Florida woman looked out her window at just the right time, capturing the moment when so-called continuous current, or positive lightning, struck right outside her apartment. The event happened in Coral Gables on May 5, 2019. After seeing the video, NWS Miami...

May 08, 2019

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Massive dust storm hits Mildura, Victoria, Australia

An impressive dust storm hit Australian city of Mildura, Victoria on May 7, 2019, turning day into night. This kind of phenomenon is usually seen in summer, not just before winter. The storm moved through Mildura airport at 17:00 local time with wind gusts to 57...

May 07, 2019

midwest flood

Above-normal rainfall results in more heavy flooding, planting delays across U.S.

Farms and towns along rivers in the Midwest are experiencing more heavy flooding this week, further delaying planting. Flood watches and warnings are in effect for much of eastern Kansas and western Missouri as another round of heavy rain descends on the region....

May 07, 2019