Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

A second and third 5.1 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Pagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Genevieve is located near latitude 12.2 north…longitude 136.7 west. Genevieve is moving toward the west near 5 mph…7 km/h. Genevieve is expected to begin accelerating later today and maintain a westward motion through Sunday night. There is no threat to land.

NewsBytes:

India – At least nine people were killed in floods due to incessant rains leading to breaches in the embankment of river Baitarani in Odisha. The floodwaters have inundated more than 100 villages.

UK – Flash floods hit Doncaster after heavy rains.

Global Warming

World’s Weather Now Has a New Normal

The U.N.’s weather agency says the baseline for what is considered “normal” in weather needs to be adjusted to account for atmospheric shifts caused by global warming.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that the 30-year period most often used as a yardstick for climate — 1961 to 1990 — is no longer a useful tool for gauging today’s climate.

Such 30-year “normals” are typically updated every three decades, but the WMO argues that’s not often enough.

A press release from the agency urges weather agencies to now use the 1981-2010 climate baseline for predicting temperatures and rainfall, and for recommending crop planting times.

While the United States already does this, the WMO says other domestic weather services should also begin updating their climate baselines every 10 years.

Weather has been so altered by climate change over the past few decades that the old “normal” calculations from 1961 through 1990 are no longer representative.

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Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Etna volcano update: Opening of a new vent at E base of North-East Crater A new vent opened yesterday morning at 11:14 local time. It is located about 150-200 metres north of the two previous vents at the eastern base of the NE crater. Its activity is characterized by small strombolian explosions while a lava flow continues to be weakly alimented from one of the two other vents