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Nearly 400 pilot whales dead in Australia's worst mass stranding on record

Almost 400 whales have died in Tasmania in what is believed to be Australia's worst stranding on record. Earlier this week, hundreds of long-finned whales have been found beached on the island state's west coast. Officials said rescue operations will...

September 25, 2020

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CH HSS sparks G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm, G2 - Moderate warning

A recurrent, positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) is affecting our planet since September 23, sparking active to G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm conditions. A G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm warning was issued at 08:07 UTC today. In 24 hours to...

September 24, 2020

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Mainland Portugal hit by its first (sub)tropical cyclone on record

Subtropical Storm "Alpha" -- the 22nd named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the earliest 22nd Atlantic named storm on record -- made landfall near central Portugal at 18:30 UTC on September 18, just 2 hours after its formation. Alpha is the...

September 21, 2020

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2 missing after worst rainfall in 120 years triggers flash flooding in southern France

At least 2 people are missing after torrential rains triggered flash flooding in several departments of southern France on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Valleraugue commune in Gard Department recorded up to 468 mm (18 inches) of rain in just a 6-hour period, which...

September 21, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 SW to flyby Earth at just 0.07 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 SW is expected to flyby Earth at just 0.07 LD / 0.00019 AU (28 423 km / 17 661 miles) at 11:18 UTC (± 06:18) on September 24, 2020. This is the 66th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the...

September 19, 2020

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Subtropical Storm "Alpha" forms near the coast of Portugal

Subtropical Storm "Alpha" formed near the coast of Portugal at 16:30 UTC on September 18, 2020. This is the 22nd named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the earliest named 22nd Atlantic storm, breaking the previous record set by Wilma on...

September 18, 2020

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Powerful tornado hits capital Managua, Nicaragua

5 homes were destroyed and 67 damaged after a powerful tornado ripped through Nicaragua's capital Managua on Thursday, September 17, 2020. At least 14 people sustained injuries. The tornado struck at dawn and lasted approximately four minutes. According to the...

September 18, 2020

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SC25 Prediction Panel announces the start of a new solar cycle, expects continued below-average strength

Solar minimum occurred in December 2019, marking the start of a new solar cycle, the Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel, an international group of experts co-sponsored by NASA and NOAA, announced on September 15, 2020. The solar minimum between Solar Cycle 24 and 25 -...

September 15, 2020

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La Niña ENSO phase declared at the peak of hurricane season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has officially declared this year's La Niña phase on Thursday, September 10, 2020. The announcement comes at the peak of the hurricane season. This weather pattern occurs over the eastern Pacific,...

September 11, 2020

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Record-early winter storm brings much below-average temperatures and record snow from Montana to New Mexico, U.S.

One of the earliest snowstorms on record swept through parts of the United States, from Montana to New Mexico on September 8 and 9, 2020, bringing record-early snow and record-cold temperatures to much of the region. The weather system hit the region after...

September 10, 2020

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River Nile in Sudan at highest levels since records began

A 3-month state of emergency has been declared in Sudan amid severe flooding described by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok as "catastrophic and painful." More than 100 people have died, over 100 000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and about half a...

September 08, 2020

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Study: Modern Grand Solar Minimum (2020 - 2053) leads to cooling, important implications for entire planet

In a new study published recently in the journal Temperature, Prof. Valentina Zharkova demonstrates that the Sun has entered into the modern Grand Solar Minimum (2020 - 2053) that will lead to a significant reduction of the solar magnetic field and activity like...

September 02, 2020

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14 million acres of crops affected by powerful derecho in Iowa, U.S.

Up to 5.6 million ha (14 million acres) of crops in Iowa have been battered a powerful derecho that struck parts of the Midwest on August 10, 2020. Northern Illinois University meteorology professor Victor Gensini considers it as one of the worst weather events of...

August 31, 2020

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Bread prices to rise after extreme weather causes UK's worst wheat harvest in 40 years

The UK's worst wheat harvest in 40 years is set to cause a price hike in flour and bread, the agricultural industry warned. Due to last autumn's heavy rains, only 40 percent of the usual amount of wheat crop was planted, while this year's wild weather...

August 27, 2020

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Earth moving through radioactive remnants of supernovae for the past 33 000 years

A new study suggests that the Earth has been moving through the remnants of an ancient exploded star for at least the past 33 000 years. The research team extracted a special isotope of iron called iron-60 from sea sediment samples and found that the isotope is...

August 27, 2020

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Mysterious, spiral-shaped ultraviolet light pulses over Mars

New images from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reveal wide areas of Mars' night sky pulsing in ultraviolet light. While researchers understand the light's source, its mysterious spiral shape left them puzzled. "There is a vast spiral of ultraviolet light...

August 26, 2020

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Very bright fireball illuminates sky over Japan's Kanto region

A very bright fireball was recorded streaking through the night sky over Japan's Kanto region at 14:32 UTC (22:30 LT) on August 21, 2020. This is the second notable meteor event in Japan since July 1. One of the many eyewitnesses described it as a completely red...

August 25, 2020