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Heavy lake-effect snow hits areas around Great Lakes, the beginning of what could be a 'blockbuster' lake-effect snow season

Heavy lake-effect snow hit areas around Great Lakes on November 2 and 3, 2021, dropping nearly 30 cm (1 foot) on parts of the region. A weather station in northern Michigans' Gaylord registered 29.7 cm (11.7 inches) of snow in 24 hours on November 2, making it...

November 04, 2021

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Impressive hail accumulation after severe storm hits Taija, Bolivia

A severe hailstorm hit the Bolivian town of Taija on October 31, 2021, leaving impressive amounts of hail on the streets. Parts of the city were covered in up to 60 cm (2 feet) of hail. Featured image credit: La Vanguardia...

November 02, 2021

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Hailstorm damage to crops, cars and homes expected to exceed $100 million, Australia

Damage to crops, cars and homes produced by severe thunderstorms in South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania on October 28, 2021, are still being counted but are estimated to exceed $100 million. The widespread destruction, particularly to farming communities, has...

November 02, 2021

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Deep and larger-than-average Antarctic ozone hole 2021

This year's ozone hole over the southern hemisphere is again deep and larger-than-average due to the colder than usual winter atmosphere over the region. It reached its maximum area on October 7 and ranked as the 13th largest since 1979, according to NASA and...

October 29, 2021

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Massive amounts of pumice stones washing ashore in Okinawa, may affect nuclear power plants, Japan

A large number of pumice stones produced by massive undersea volcano eruption have washed ashore on the main island of Okinawa Prefecture and other places this week, affecting fisheries industry and ship operations. The pumice is also being reported in the Amami...

October 28, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 UA1 flew past Earth at just 0.02 LD - 3rd closest on record

A newly-discovered asteroid designated as 2021 UA1 flew past Earth at a very close distance of just 0.02 LD / 0.0000630 AU (9 424 km / 5 856 miles) from the center of our planet at 03:07 UTC on October 25, 2021. This is about 3 000 km (1 800 miles) from the surface....

October 27, 2021

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China's energy crisis - Why is the country on the edge of the abyss

China, which in recent years has been among the world's leading powers, is faced with a problem that is more characteristic of third world countries. Power shortages have recently become so severe that factories across China are closing, and the problem is...

October 25, 2021

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High-level eruption at Manam volcano, ash to 15.2 km (50 000 feet) a.s.l., P.N.G.

A powerful eruption started at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea at around 22:40 UTC on October 19, 2021, ejecting ash up to 15.2 km (50 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red. The current population of the island is more than 4 000....

October 20, 2021

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Bright fireball over southern California, U.S.

A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over southern California at around 03:46 UTC on October 17, 2021 (20:45 LT, October 16). The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 116 reports1 from Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah as well as 2 videos: ...

October 18, 2021

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Farmers in California abandoning their fields, U.S.

Farmers in California's San Joaquin Valley are abandoning their fields due to drought that resulted in water allotments cut by a third. Farmers in this region, reportedly the most productive agricultural region globally, grow 250 different crops on 17% of the...

October 16, 2021

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Major snowstorm hits Wyoming, creating traffic jams and bringing wildfire relief

The first big snowstorm of the season led to major travel issues in Wyoming this week, but also helped with the wildfire fight in parts of neighboring Montana. The storm dropped as much as 50.8 cm (20 inches) at Soldier Park, 48.2 cm (19 inches) at Hansen Sawmill,...

October 15, 2021

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Over 1.75 million people affected by floods, 17 000 homes collapsed in north China's Shanxi Province

Continuous downpours affecting north China's Shanxi Province since the start of October have affected more than 1.75 million people and forced the evacuation of more than 120 000. In addition, floods damaged over 190 000 ha (469 500 acres) of crops and...

October 12, 2021

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Bright fireball over southern Georgia, U.S.

A bright fireball was observed over the southeastern United States at around 02:05 UTC on October 11, 2021. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 88 witness reports from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The event was...

October 11, 2021

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South Pole registers coldest winter on record

A weather station at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station registered record cold winter temperatures this season (April - September), averaging at -61.1 °C (-77.9 °F) and breaking the previous record set in 1976 at -60.6 °C (-77 °F). Weather records...

October 05, 2021

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Unprecedented power outages hit China's homes and factories, increasing global supply chain chaos

Coal shortages are causing unprecedented power outages in parts of China ahead of the winter season, affecting the country's economy and increasing global supply chain chaos. It's estimated that around 44% of China's industrial activity is affected by...

September 29, 2021

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Europe's crippling energy crisis presages trouble for the rest of the world

Natural gas prices have soared by almost 500% in 2021 and with another winter just around the corner gas is trading at near-record values. While European countries attempt to outbid one another for supplies from major exporters it's inevitable that utilities...

September 27, 2021

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One of the best-ever photos of a Gigantic Jet

Last week, Puerto Rican photographer Frankie Lucena recorded what is considered as one of the best-ever photos of a Gigantic Jet. This Gigantic Jet plasma event occurred over a very powerful thunderstorm near the Virgin Islands and also near Tropical Storm...

September 25, 2021