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Ice covers deserts of Ain Sefra, Algeria

Ice has again covered deserts around the Algerian town of Ain Sefra -- The Gateway to the Sahara -- on January 13, 2021. This is the fourth winter in a row we receive snow or ice reports from this area. Related articles: Snow covers northern Algeria's desert...

January 14, 2021

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Daylight fireball over Bahia, Brazil

A bright daylight fireball was recorded above Bahia, Brazil at 18:59 UTC on January 2, 2021 (15:59 LT). The event reportedly scared some of the residents of central Bahia. The bolide was also recorded by NOAA/GOES-16 satellite. Featured image credit: BRAMON...

January 04, 2021

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Lava fountains at Etna on December 22, 2020

Strong strombolian activity and lava fountaining were observed at Etna's Southeast Crater on December 22, 2020, after dense cloud cover prevented initial clear observations of strong explosive activity that started on December 21. At 01:30 UTC on December 22,...

December 22, 2020

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Unusually large waterspout recorded off Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

An unusually large waterspout formed in the Gulf of Paria, off Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago at around 14:50 LT on Friday, December 19, 2020. The waterspout remained out to the sea, as the thunderstorm it was attached to moved westward toward Venezuela. No...

December 19, 2020

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Etna's Southeast Crater erupting from two vents simultaneously, Italy

Take a look at the sublime display of Etna's natural fireworks, with its Southeast Crater now erupting from two vents simultaneously. This video was recorded by INGV's Boris Behncke from Tremestieri Etnao on the southern side of Etna at daybreak on December...

December 02, 2020

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Very bright fireball explodes over central Japan

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over central Japan at around 16:35 UTC on November 28, 2020 (01:35 JST, November 29). The object was seen and recorded from many parts of western and central Japan and was accompanied by a rumbling noise....

November 29, 2020

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Rapid intensification of 2020 tropical cyclones

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has so far produced a record-tying 10 tropical systems that have undergone rapid intensification, including Iota -- the strongest tropical cyclone of the season. Iota strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained...

November 22, 2020

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Unparalleled 3D animation of planet Mars

Based on images of Mars taken during 6 nights in October and November 2020 with the 1-meter telescope at the Pic du Midi Observatory in the French Pyrenees, astronomers led by Francois Colas built a complete planisphere of Mars and generated hundreds of images to...

November 19, 2020

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What's new at Nishinoshima, a rapidly growing volcanic island in Japan

Nishinoshima is a volcanic island located in the Ogasawara archipelago, south of Tokyo, Japan that had been expanding since its eruption in 2013. Nishinoshima looks like a small island, but this is actually the summit of a huge seamount that rises more than 3 km...

November 12, 2020

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Bright meteor over the Mediterranean Sea

This beautiful meteor spotted from Spain overflew the Mediterranean Sea at about 03:13 UTC on November 8, 2020 (04:13 LT). It was generated by a rock from Comet Encke that hit the atmosphere at about 101 000 km/h. The visual part of the event began at an altitude...

November 10, 2020

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Heavy rainfall dumped by Medicane Cassilda (Ianos) visualized

Medicane Cassilda, known as Ianos in Greece, formed on September 16, 2020, as the first named storm of the 2020/21 Mediterranean medicane season. Cassilda made landfall in Argostoli, Kefalonia, western Greece at 02:20 UTC on September 18, bringing powerful winds...

September 25, 2020

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Another giant sinkhole opens up in Yamal Peninsula, Russia

A new massive sinkhole opened up last week in the Russian Yamal Peninsula, with blocks of soil and ice thrown hundreds of meters from the hole. This is the 17th -- and considered the largest -- such sinkhole to form in the Yamal Peninsula since the phenomenon was...

September 01, 2020

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NASA’s Earth scientists explore South Atlantic Anomaly

Earth’s magnetic field acts like a protective shield around the planet, repelling and trapping charged particles from the Sun. But over South America and the southern Atlantic Ocean, an unusually weak spot in the field – called the South Atlantic...

August 19, 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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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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Large waterspout hits a popular beach in Sochi, Russia

A large waterspout formed near a popular beach in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, sweeping away beach equipment shore and causing people to run to safety.​ The waterspout hit the beach area in the afternoon, damaging several beach equipment and blowing...

July 22, 2020

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Heavy rain triggers dam collapse, sweeping away several buildings in Ruza City, Russia

Several houses were washed away by flooding after a dam collapsed in Ruza City, about 100 km (62 miles) west of Moscow, Russia, on July 8, 2020. Three buildings were swept away, and another 29 were inundated in the city, the local emergency services said. Two roads...

July 13, 2020