Editors' picks - page 3

Reykjanesskagi_01012020_31032020_ENG

Evidence of a new magma deposit in Reykjanes peninsula, more than 6 000 earthquakes in 3 months, Iceland

Considerable seismic activity continues at the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland, with more than 6 000 earthquakes manually checked since the beginning of the year. According to the Icelandic Met Office (IMO), this is the most intense activity ever recorded in the region...

April 07, 2020

dutch fireball ft img april 6 2020

Very bright fireball over the northeastern Netherlands

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over the northeastern Netherlands, near the border with Germany at around 21:44 UTC (23:44 LT) on April 4, 2020. The event comes after two fireballs exploded within one hour over Belgium on April 1, followed by...

April 06, 2020

hurricane outlook april 3 2020

CSU expects above-average 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

The Colorado State University (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project expects above-average 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, with 16 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes. The forecast is based on more than 30 years of statistical factors, as well as data...

April 06, 2020

belgium fireball april 2 2020 ft img

Two fireballs explode within one hour over Belgium, another over southern Germany hours later

Two fireballs occurred within a period of one hour on April 1, 2020, over Belgium. The first one was spotted by the FRIPON network's four stations at around 22:57 UTC while the second was captured by three cameras at 23:33 UTC (00:57 LT and 01:33 LT on April 2,...

April 03, 2020

aurora borealis over bergen norway by sindre skrede f

Geomagnetic effects on Earth's biology – Electricity of Life

Scientific research into the Sun's effects on life on Earth has yielded results that may surprise you. Over a century ago, the Soviet-era scientist Alexander Chizhevsky conducted exhaustive studies demonstrating an apparent correlation between solar activity and...

April 03, 2020

florida fireball april 1 2020

Bright fireball over Florida, U.S.

A bright fireball exploded over Florida, U.S., on April 1, 2020, and was captured on camera. The American Meteor Society received 16 eyewitness reports, with one also coming from Georgia. The observers reported seeing the fireball at around 04:30 UTC (00:30 LT). 15...

April 02, 2020

hawaii kona low march 30 2020

Intense Kona Low lashes parts of Hawaii, causing severe flooding in Kauai -- almost 2 032 mm (80 inches) recorded this month

Another intense Kona Low hit Hawaii on Saturday, March 28, 2020, causing major flooding in Kauai island and bringing the total March rainfall amount to nearly 2 032 mm (80 inches). A rare flash flood emergency was issued for Kauai as another wave of floods hit...

March 30, 2020

italy orchard damaged by frost march 27 2020 ft img

Severe frost damage to orchards across northern Italy

Orchards in several regions of northern Italy sustained major damage as a result of the Arctic cold outbreak which started affecting parts of Europe on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Unfortunately, forecast models call for another strong blast starting Monday, March 30....

March 28, 2020

atlas march 26 2020 5 ft img

Approaching comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) rapidly brightening-- may be visible to naked eye soon

A newly-discovered comet named C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) is now crossing the orbit of Mars as it makes its way toward the Sun. The object has been brightening so rapidly since its discovery on December 28, 2019, that some astronomers believe it will be visible to the naked...

March 26, 2020

landslides in 2019 march 25 2020 ft img

Analysis: 463 non-seismic fatal landslides caused 3 270 deaths in 2019

In an analysis of the landslide database for 2019 by Dr. Dave Petley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield-- it was shown that 463 non-seismic fatal landslides occurred last year, causing 3 270 deaths. Given the number of deadly landslides, 2019 is the...

March 25, 2020

socal rain march 23 2020

Record-breaking rainfall soaks Southern California, another storm underway, U.S.

Heavy rains drenched parts of Southern California on March 22 and into March 23, 2020. The coastal mountain ranges were also hit by the widespread rain, while some beneficial rain and snow fell in the southern San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada. Southern...

March 23, 2020

GPS mt thorbjorn iceland with grindavik in the background

New inflation and associated uplift detected at Mt. Thorbjorn volcano, Iceland

The latest results of deformation around Mt. Thorbjorn volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula indicate that inflation causing an uplift in the area has started again, the Icelandic Met Office reported on March 19, 2020. The uplift is slower than in January but seems to...

March 20, 2020

locust risk map march 18 2020

Desert locust outbreak remains extremely alarming, new swarms continue forming and invading Africa and Middle East

Desert locust plague situation remains extremely alarming as new swarms continue forming and invading parts of Africa and the Middle East. The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that the outbreak poses an unprecedented threat to food...

March 19, 2020

meteotsunami brazil march 14 2020 f

Rare meteotsunami slams into Praia do Cassino in Rio Grande, Brazil

In a rare occurrence, a meteotsunami hit the Praia do Cassino Beach in the southernmost region of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul on March 14, 2020. The rapid waves slammed into nearby vehicles, causing beachgoers to panic and run away to safety. Powerful...

March 17, 2020

india crops march 17 2020

Unseasonal downpours and hailstorms ravage wide swaths of rabi crops in North India, affecting millions of farmers

Nearly 400 000 hectares (1 million acres) of rabi crops across many parts of North India were ravaged by unseasonal downpours, hailstorms, and strong winds this month. Millions of growers are affected, particularly those from the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar...

March 17, 2020

medicane benjamin march 13 2020 f suomi npp

Violent cyclone hits Middle East, at least 21 dead in Egypt's worst storm in 40 years

An unusually intense cyclone hit parts of the Middle East with very heavy rain and strong winds, starting with Egypt on March 12, 2020, before moving onto other neighboring countries. The worst affected was Egypt where it was described as the country's worst...

March 16, 2020

ice age march 14 2020 research ft img

Study reveals ice ages over the last million years ended when the tilt angle of the Earth's axis was approaching higher values

A new study published recently in Science reveals that ice ages over the last million years ended when the tilt angle of the Earth's axis was approaching higher values. During these periods, longer and more intense summers caused the huge ice sheets to melt in...

March 15, 2020