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Very rare derecho hits central Rockies and northern Plains

Widespread, long-lived wind storm known to meteorologists as 'derecho' affected the central Rockies and northern Plains on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Derechos are very rare for parts of Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado, NWS Storm Prediction Center said. In fact,...

June 08, 2020

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Massive landslide drags 8 homes into sea in Alta, Norway

Eight houses have been swept into the sea as a massive landslide hit Alta, Norway, on June 3, 2020. Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) engineer Anders Bjordal said the slide was 650 m (2 133 feet) wide and 150 m (492 feet) deep. Bjordal was...

June 05, 2020

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Severe Cyclonic Storm "Nisarga" slams Maharashtra, killing 4 and disrupting power to millions, India

Severe Cyclonic Storm "Nisarga" caused extensive damage and killed four people after it made historic landfall over Maharashtra on June 3, 2020. Meanwhile, the financial capital Mumbai was spared as the storm changed its course. The India Meteorological...

June 05, 2020

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Geysers may be signaling magma intrusion under Yellowstone caldera

Steamboat Geyser in Wyoming is the world's tallest active geyser, which sometimes blasts water over 90 m (300 feet) into the air. At times, the geyser stays quiet for years then abruptly bursts back to life-- a behavior that has been puzzling scientists. A new...

June 04, 2020

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Nearly 87 000 lightning strikes detected during 'once in a decade storm' in Washington state, U.S.

Up to 86 714 lightning strikes were recorded in the entire Washington state, U.S., on Saturday, May 30, 2020-- about 62 percent of the state's yearly lightning average. It occurred during a severe weather event described by the National Weather Service (NWS) as...

June 03, 2020

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Rare multiple waterspouts form over Laguna de Bay, Philippines

Multiple tornadic waterspouts were spotted over Laguna de Bay, Philippines, at around 10:30 UTC (18:30 LT) on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Such an occurrence is considered rare in the country, according to PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas. Residents in Laguna took...

June 01, 2020

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Severe storms kill 43, cause damage to Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, India

Severe storms hit Uttar Pradesh, India, on Saturday, May 30, 2020, killing a total of 43 people. Taj Mahal also sustained some damage, particularly the main mausoleum's marble railing and the red sandstone railings. According to the latest report issued by the...

June 01, 2020

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First M-class solar flare of Solar Cycle 25 - Impulsive M1.1 at 07:24 UTC on May 29

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.1 erupted at 07:24 UTC on May 29, 2020. This is the first M-class solar flare of the new solar cycle -- Solar Cycle 25. The event started at 07:13, peaked at 07:24, and ended at 07:28 UTC. The eruption took place on the...

May 29, 2020

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Spectacular fireball explodes over northern Turkey

A bright fireball exploded over northern Turkey around 17:35 UTC (20:35 LT) on Wednesday evening, May 27, 2020. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received three reports, including from a witness in Tbilisi, Georgia. Based on the AMS' trajectory, the fireball...

May 28, 2020

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India under worst locust attack in nearly 30 years

Massive swarms of locusts are wreaking havoc across western and central India, already destroying almost 50 000 ha (124 000 acres) of cropland. The outbreak has affected Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and has also begun impacting Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi district on...

May 28, 2020

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Incredibly rare, massive hail strikes Texas, damaging cars and leaving craters in the ground, U.S.

Severe thunderstorms dropped hailstones as much as 13.5 cm (5.33 inches) in diameter on Burkburnett, Texas, on May 22, 2020, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed. It caused extensive damage to roofs and cars, and left craters in the ground. Residents took to...

May 25, 2020

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SWARM data suggests north magnetic pole accelerates towards Siberia due to tussling magnetic blobs deep below Earth’s surface

For several years now, scientists have been puzzled as to why the Earth's north magnetic pole has been moving rapidly from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia. After studying 20 years of satellite data, researchers from the University of Leeds in the UK and the...

May 25, 2020

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Scientists solve the mystery behind Moon's monthslong disappearance in the year 1100

In the year 1100, the Moon vanished from the night sky, leaving people in full darkness for several consecutive months. 920 years later, researchers at the University of Geneva in Switzerland believe they may have finally solved the mystery as their findings showed...

May 20, 2020

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ESA's SWARM investigates weakening of Earth's magnetic field, possible split up of South Atlantic Anomaly

Over the past 200 years, Earth's magnetic field has lost around 9% of its strength. Meanwhile, a large region of reduced magnetic intensity has developed between Africa and South America -- known as South Atlantic Anomaly. Over the past 5 years, however, a...

May 20, 2020

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Giant hail hits San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Giant hailstones about the size of a melon lashed Ciudad Valles in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on May 17, 2020, injuring three people and causing damage to properties. An intense storm accompanied by hail began around 23:00 UTC (18:00 LT), smashing vehicles, damaging...

May 19, 2020

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Eastern Cuba hit by a tornado and 'anomalous seismic activity'

The eastern portion of Cuba was hit by a tornado and more than 20 earthquakes on Sunday afternoon and evening, May 17, 2020. No fatalities were reported, but there was extensive damage to properties. The twister struck around 17:00 UTC (13:00 LT) in El Churrasco in...

May 19, 2020

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Red sprites and airglow over West Texas

A large column of red sprites and airglow put on a fantastic display over West Texas on May 13, 2020. The phenomenon was captured by Stephen Hummel of the McDonald Observatory. A line of storms more than 161 km (100 miles) away generated the astonishing display in...

May 18, 2020