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Gobi desert sand and dust storms plague East Asia

Fire and Earth blog brings this satellite photo report of massive sandstorms over Gobi desert spreading all over east Asia and Japan. This true-color image of North China Plain, Shandong Peninsula and the Bo Haitaken was taken by MODIS on NASA’s Terra...

May 15, 2011

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Two tornadoes target Iowan town Lenox

Buildings leveled, roofs blown off and the debris covered the small town. At least 35 blocks in the small Iowan town of Lenox (pop: 1,407) in Taylor County  received some damage..The first tornado was an EF0 with a peak wind of about 80MPH (width of 0.3mile; path

May 14, 2011

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Dust storm blows over Sahara desert

 In early May 2011, a dust storm extended at least 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) across the Sahara Desert, according to a NASA statement. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on

May 14, 2011

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Multiple vortex forming over Northern America

There is an upper level low pressure system vortex storm forming of East Coast of US. It's an occluded front with a low pressure of 29.29hg or 992mb. The winds are rotating the system counterclockwise. In previous post we gave some possible explanation of the situation

May 11, 2011

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Counterclockwise hurricane forming in Atlantic

The Hurricane Atlantic Satellite image shows clouds by their temperature over the Atlantic Ocean. Red and blue areas indicate cold (high) cloud tops.Atlantic VIS LoopCoriolis effect In physics, the Coriolis effect is an apparent deflection of moving objects

May 09, 2011

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Tropical storm Aere nearing Fukushima nuclear plant

Typhoon season is approaching, and the threat of a tropical storm affecting Japan while the nation is still slowly recovering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami is a big concern. Tropical Storm Aere tracking near Japan later this week will bring soaking rain

May 09, 2011

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Strange vortex forming over Atlantic

Strange vortex is forming over Atlantic at East Coast. Here are some preliminary data. Stay tuned for updates!Update: Counterclockwise hurricane forming in AtlanticEast Conus Water Vapor LoopSatellite loop 12 hours: East CoastSYNOPSIS FOR LONG ISLAND WATERS AND

May 09, 2011

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Tropical storm Aere lashed Philippines

Tropical storm Aere lashed the northeastern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least nine people and forcing more than 100 000 villagers to flee from farming towns threatened by landslides. The storm slammed into Catanduanes province with winds of 53 miles (85 kilometres

May 08, 2011

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Tropical depression forms near Philippines

An early-season tropical storm may spin up east of the Philippines amid widespread tropical rain during the next two to three days. Localized flooding and strong winds will accompany the system's path through the Philippines region. The area of widespread showers and

May 04, 2011

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NOAA releases latest tornado outbreak numbers

NOAA released the latest stats concerning last week's tornado outbreak in the South. The organization's current tornado estimate is 305 as of Wednesday, May 4. If this number is correct, it is the largest outbreak in history, surpassing the April 3-4, 1974, outbreak,

May 04, 2011

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Rare Severe Weather Event Strikes Hawaii

A low aloft over the Hawaiian Islands was responsible for bringing rare severe weather Monday afternoon. The storms produced small hail, flash flooding, and even multiple water spouts. Along with the frequent lightning, flash flooding was an issue with some areas

May 04, 2011

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama tornado damage satellite imagery

Following photos are before and after imagery showing tornado damage in various neighborhoods of Tuscaloosa, AL. The before imagery is credited to Google, the after imagery was taken from an altitude of 1,500m (5,000 feet) by a NOAA aircraft on April 29, 2011:The

May 02, 2011

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What to expect from May and June tornado season?

After suffering one of the worst tornado outbreaks in recorded history, and what is likely to be a record-setting April for tornadoes, the U.S. will be in an extremely vulnerable state as we head through the more notorious severe weather months of May and June.The

May 01, 2011

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Unusual hail storm hit Lisbon

A sudden freak hail storm caused traffic chaos in the Benfica area of Lisbon, Friday, 29th April 2011, when temperatures dropped 20 degrees (from 27 to 5 Celsius) at 3.55pm. Roads and travellers were left to deal with an unseasonal slushy flood that turned streets into

April 30, 2011

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Storms worsen Mississippi river flooding

While deadly storms raged in the southern and central United States, several rivers continued to spill over their banks in late April 2011, part of ongoing spring flooding in the U.S. and Canada, according to a NASA statement. On April 28 in the afternoon, 62 river...

April 29, 2011

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The Tornado damage scale in images

EF-0, winds of 65 to 85 mph (105 to 137 kph)Tornadoes are rated by the havoc they inflict, on a scale of 1 to 5. But to fully comprehend this scale, you have to see the aftermath.After a tornado is reported, the National Weather Service deploys storm survey teams

April 29, 2011

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April's 2011 tornado outbreak

Southern storms death toll nears 300The grim death toll from the 24-hour storm period continued to rise, with 294 counted in six states. Among them were two university students in Alabama. Nearly 1 million people were without electricity.  The vast

April 28, 2011