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annular solar eclipse february 26 2017

Annular solar eclipse of February 26, 2017

An annular solar eclipse will take place on February 26, 2017, creating a ring of light around the darkened Moon as the Moon will be too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun. This is the first of two eclipses in 2017 and comes just 7 months before the...

February 22, 2017

Visualizing spills data from unconventional oil and gas activity

Study finds 6 600 spills from fracking in just four US states

Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to a study published yesterday in Environmental Science & Technology. The analysis,...

February 22, 2017

summer snow australia hotham february 19 2017

After heatwave, summer snow and coldest February in a decade

An unseasonal cold front, moving north out of the Southern Ocean, brought chilly, squally winds and strong showers to coastal regions of Victoria on February 19 and 20, 2017, and about 5 to 10 cm (2 - 4 inches) of summer snow to the NSW and Victorian High Country,...

February 21, 2017

fireball southern us february 18 2017

Bright green fireball, sonic boom over the southeastern US

A bright green fireball was seen streaking across the sky over the southeastern United States at 03:05 UTC on February 19, 2017 (21:05 CST, February 18). The event, a possible meteorite dropper, was accompanied by a sonic boom. The event was seen from Mississippi...

February 19, 2017

Tennis ball sized hailstones rip through Sydney Australia february 18 2017

Tennis ball-sized hail rips through Sydney, Australia

A line of severe thunderstorms hit Sydney and the New South Wales coast on Friday and Saturday, February 18, 2017 with tennis ball-sized hail and a massive number of lightning strikes. The storms toppled trees and power lines and damaged numerous cars and houses....

February 18, 2017

simplified map of earth tectonic plates and continents including zealandia

Scientists identify a new continent and name it Zealandia

Scientists have identified a new continent in the southwest Pacific Ocean recently, formerly a part of Gondwana, and named it Zealandia. Basically, from a well-reasoned geoscience perspective, Earth has well-established continents, but also an extra one, mostly...

February 17, 2017

oroville dam repairs february 14 2017

Oroville Lake levels dropping, repairs continue before the next storm

Intense work to reinforce the emergency spillway of damaged Oroville Dam in California continues and the level of the reservoir continues to decrease. At current rates, it is projected to possess the capacity to absorb anticipated inflows due to forecasted inclement...

February 15, 2017

flood western australia february 2017

WA declared a natural disaster area, worst flooding in 30 years

An upper-level trough system over southwestern Australia linked with a tropical low further north has produced heavy unseasonal rain over parts of Western Australia on February 9 and 10, 2017. Heavy rain flooded farms and roads and washed away bridges. At least one...

February 13, 2017

france avalanche february 13 2017

Deadly avalanche hits French Alpine resort of Tignes

At least four people have died and five are missing after an avalanche hit popular French Alpine resort of Tignes early February 13, 2017. The avalanche, the worst to hit the Alps this season, was 400 m (1 300 feet) wide. It occurred at 09:35 UTC (10:35 local time)...

February 13, 2017

mass whale stranding new zealand february 2017

Second-largest whale stranding event in New Zealand

416 pilot whales were found stranded at Farewell Spit in New Zealand's Golden Bay late Thursday, February 9, 2017. On Saturday, February 11, a new pod of 240 whales stranded on the beach, bringing the total number to 656 and making this the second-largest...

February 10, 2017

record low temperatures oman qatar uae february 2017

Record-low temperatures over a large part of Oman

For the first time since records began, temperatures in Oman's Musandam Governorate dipped as low as 5 °C (41 °F) on February 4, 2017. The same weather setup produced record-low temperatures in southwestern Qatar and relatively rare snow and freezing...

February 09, 2017

Comet 45P Honda Mrkos Pajdusakova

Comet 45P to flyby Earth on February 11, 2017

After more than 5 years, Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova, also known as the Green Comet, will make another close approach to Earth. It can be seen using small telescopes, but 45P has lost its tail after it passed the perihelion (closest approach to the Sun)....

February 08, 2017

qatar lowest ever temperature abu samrah february 5 2017

Qatar records lowest temperature in history

On Sunday, February 5, 2017, weather station located in Qatar's southwest measured 1.5 °C (34.7 °F) which is the coldest recorded temperature in the weather monitoring history of the State of Qatar. Qatar Meteorology Department (QMD) said the temperature...

February 06, 2017

colima volcano eruption february 3 2017

Impressive eruption at Mexico's Colima volcano

A large and impressive explosion occurred at Mexico's Colima volcano on Friday, February 3, 2017, producing an ash column that eventually rose up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet). The eruption occurred at 23:35 UTC (17:35 CST) and generated pyroclastic flow on the...

February 05, 2017

fukushima extreme radiation levels hole february 2017

Extreme levels of radiation detected at Fukushima No. 1 reactor

According to Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the radiation level in the containment vessel of reactor 2 at the damaged Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant nuclear complex has reached a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour which is the highest recorded level since...

February 03, 2017

earth water comes within

Earth's water comes from within

A new study published recently in Earth and Planetary Science Letters suggests that much of our planet's water comes from within, rather than arriving from space through collisions with ice-rich comets. The study also suggests that chemical reactions responsible...

February 02, 2017

piton de la fournaise eruption january 31 2017

New eruption started at Piton de la Fournaise, alerts raised

A new effusive eruption has started at Piton de la Fournaise volcano located on the French island of La Réunion around 15:40 UTC on January 31, 2017. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Orange. According to the Observatoire Volcanologique du Piton de la...

January 31, 2017