Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits Chuquisaca, Bolivia.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Celia is located about 975 mi…1570 km ENE of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Hurricane Darby is located about 805 mi…1300 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Invest 98E is an area of disturbed weather in the eastern Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

Newsbytes:

China – Update – Although the water levels in middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River are slowly dropping, most are still above warning levels. The situation was “still quite critical” as central and eastern parts of China are expected to see a fresh round of heavy rain over the days to come. Over 1,508 counties across 28 provinces have reported floods, with 237 fatalities and 93 missing as of Wednesday. Some 147,200 houses have been destroyed, Zhang said, adding that over 5.46 million hectares of farmland had been inundated. Direct economic losses, he said, were at 147 billion yuan (22 billion U.S. dollars).

Global Warming

Disappearing Arctic Ice

The relentless retreat of the Arctic’s summertime sea ice accelerated this summer, reaching an all-time record low coverage for June at the end of last month. Arctic sea ice coverage dropped to a June record low of 4.09 million square miles.

The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Centre says the polar sea ice extent in June was 100,000 square miles smaller than in 2010, when the previous record low coverage was set for June.

The remaining ice was measured at 525,000 square miles below the 1981-2010 long-term average.

March was the only month so far this year that a new record low for Arctic sea ice coverage wasn’t set.

After a winter of record warmth, ice is currently melting 70 percent faster than the summer average.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 119.0 degrees Fahrenheit (48.3 degrees Celsius) in Adrar, Algeria.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus -115.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 81.6 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Several wildfires in Colorado, totaling more than 35,000 acres burned, remain active as firefighters work to control and extinguish the blazes.

The biggest blaze, the Beaver Creek fire, has burned 20,981 acres in northern Colorado along the Wyoming state line about 24 miles north of Walden, according to state and federal fire officials.

The Hayden Pass fire continues to burn in the Colorado mountains about 20 miles southeast of Salida. It has scorched 14,788 acres and remains active.

The Cold Springs fire is burning in Boulder County about 2 miles northeast of Nederland. It started Saturday on private property, has burned more than 528 acres and is 100 percent contained. At least eight homes have been torched, and about 1,000 residents were forced to evacuate.

Wildfires – France and Spain

In the south of France, 3,000 holidaymakers in Torreilles were evacuated on Wednesday after strong winds whipped up a wildfire and more than 20 bungalows were destroyed. The fire had been fully extinguished by Thursday morning.

In southern Spain, hundreds of residents and tourists were evacuated from the resort town of La Linea in the Costa del Sol on Tuesday.

Wildfires – Alaska, USA

Thousands of lightning strikes have sparked dozens of new wildfires across Interior Alaska over the last two days, the Alaska Division of Forestry reports.

Forestry officials say as many as 7,200 lightning strikes were reported in the region on Wednesday and another 11,000 as of 4 p.m. on Thursday. In the area around McGrath, as many as 30 new fires were reported over the course of today and yesterday, but many of those are burning in remote areas that do not require a firefighting response, DoF said.