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Researchers measure Earth's magnetic field in Jerusalem in 586 BCE

Researchers from Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Israel Antiquities Authority were able to measure the Earth's magnetic field in Jerusalem in 586 BCE-- the time when the city was destroyed by the Babylonians. The groundbreaking...

August 20, 2020

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Historic August 2020 derecho destroyed over 1 million acres of crops, U.S.

A devastating derecho ripped through several Midwest states on August 10, 2020, leaving a path of destruction, more than 1.5 million customers without power, and more than 404 600 hectares (1 million acres) of destroyed or damaged crops. Northern Illinois University...

August 17, 2020

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Florida Current at its weakest in the past 110 years

New research by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found that a key component of the Gulf Stream-- a warm Atlantic ocean current stretching to the tip of Florida-- has steadily slowed and is now weaker than at any other point in the past 110 years. The...

August 14, 2020

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Cosmic rays increase remarkably as solar activity shows persistent decline, resembles Dalton minimum of 1790 - 1830

Recent solar conditions indicate a persistent decline in solar activity‐‐‐possibly similar to the past solar grand minima, scientists reporting in AGU's Space Weather write. During such periods of low solar activity, the fluxes of galactic cosmic rays...

August 12, 2020

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Rare atmospheric rivers form at opposite sides of Australia

A rare weather phenomenon occurred over Australia this week as almost identical atmospheric rivers formed at the opposite sides of the continent. The weather phenomenon is caused by a stream of moisture that moves in from the tropics, bringing very heavy rain....

August 11, 2020

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2020 Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

The Perseid meteor shower -- one of the best and brightest of the year -- is set to peak in the late hours of Tuesday into Thursday, August 11 into 13. This is one of the most anticipated showers of the year, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere. This year,...

August 11, 2020

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Fast-moving Typhoon "Jangmi" hits South Korea's flood-stricken region

Tropical Storm "Jangmi" formed late August 8, 2020, as the 5th named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season. The system made landfall on the southern tip of Geoje Island and its remnants are now bringing heavy rain to the country's flood-stricken...

August 10, 2020

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Massive tornado hits Manitoba, leaving 2 people dead, Canada

A huge tornado touched down in a rural area of Manitoba, Canada, near the North Dakota border on Friday evening, August 7, 2020. The twister flipped a couple of cars, destroyed structures on a farm, and killed two people. The twister hit the town of Virden, near the...

August 10, 2020

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Study suggests volcanic eruptions caused global cooling 13 000 years ago, not meteors

Some scientists believe that an extraterrestrial impact, such as a meteor collision, caused global cooling around 13 000 years ago. However, a new study presents evidence left in layers of sediment showing that the event was most likely caused by volcanic eruptions....

August 09, 2020

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Launceston sees most significant snowfall since early 1970s, Tasmania

Residents of Launceston, Tasmania, woke up to more than 30 cm (12 inches) of snow on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), this was the most significant snowfall the city experienced since the early 1970s. "For...

August 05, 2020

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Wildfires raging 'out of control' across Parana delta wetland, Argentina

The Parana River in Argentina -- South America's second-biggest river after the Amazon and the eighth longest in the world -- is at its lowest level in decades this year, allowing multiple forest fires to spread through its delta. NASA's Operational Land...

August 05, 2020

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Series of powerful eruptions at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan

Series of powerful eruptions were recorded at Nishinoshima volcano over the past couple of days. On August 3, 2020, the Tokyo VAAC warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to 4 900 m (16 00 feet) altitude. Volcanic activity surged in June 2020, with recurring...

August 04, 2020

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New method helps predict big solar flares

Scientists developed a new physics-based technique that successfully predicted seven of the Sun's largest flares from the past solar cycle, out of a set of nine. With further improvement, the new model could be used to inform forecasters of these intense...

August 02, 2020

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Bee population decline threatens major crop yields in U.S and global food security

Crop yields for major crops such as apples, blueberries, and cherries across the U.S. are being limited by a lack of pollinators due to the decline of the wild bee population, according to new research, which was the most comprehensive study of its kind. Researchers...

July 30, 2020

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Reed Timmer records roar of Hurricane "Hanna" eyewall

Category 1 Hurricane "Hanna" made landfall on Padre Island, Texas, at around 22:00 UTC on July 25, 2020, as the first rapidly-intensifying named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. As it made landfall, extreme meteorologist Reed Timmer was in Port...

July 29, 2020

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Rare dark red noctilucent clouds appear over Sweden

Rare dark red noctilucent clouds appeared over Vallentuna, Sweden on July 25, 2020, and were recorded by P-M Heden. This type of NLCs is rare and not fully understood, Dr. Tony Phillips of the SpaceWeather.com reports. Research in the 1970s revealed that much of the...

July 28, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 OY4 to flyby Earth at 0.11 LD on July 28 - third closest of the year

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 OY4 will flyby Earth at 0.11 LD / 0.00028 AU (41 887 km / 26 027 miles) at 00:13 UTC on July 28, 2020. This is the 48th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. It is also the...

July 27, 2020