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Flash flood emergency declared in parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey  A flash flood emergency was declared for western Bradford County in Pennsylvania on August 13. Numerous residents were rescued from the town of Troy after widespread flooding, TWC reports. The National Weather Service in State College said there were numerous reports of 152.4 mm
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Photographer Adrien Mauduit put together a two-minute compilation of his best real-time sequences of the Perseid meteor shower peaking on August 12 – 13, 2018 in the Valais in Switzerland.  ​Did you miss it because of weather or personal reasons? Fear not, we got you covered! In these real-time HD sequences taken with Sony a7s and
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A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 PD20 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.09 LD / 0.00022 AU (33 210 km / 20 636 miles) at 14:31 UTC on August 10, 2018. This near-Earth object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and its estimated diameter is between 8.9 and 20 m
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Costly hailstorms are rapidly increasing  Costly hailstorms are increasing in the United States, with the average year now accumulating $8 to $10 billion in hail damage, Bryan Wood of Capital Weather Gang reports. Additionally, hailstorms account for 70% of the insured loss from severe storms. In 2017 alone, there were two $2 billion hailstorms, one in Denver
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A massive dust, wind and rain storm rolled through Southern Nevada on the evening of August 11, 2018, knocking down trees and power poles, sparking fires and triggering flash flood warnings. More than 60 000 customers were left without power. The National Weather Service sent out smartphone alerts for severe thunderstorm around 20:00 local time. Shortly after,
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The heat wave that has swept Europe over the summer may not be very pleasant for the human population, but rare pink tropical birds at a nature reserve in southwest England sure seem excited.   Officials at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) Slimbridge, a wetland wildlife reserve in Gloucestershire, said in a statement Thursday that six Andean flamingos
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Heavy thunderstorms leave parts of NYC underwater  Heavy thunderstorms hit parts of the New York City on the morning of August 11, causing power outages and major flooding on the Upper East Side and in the Bronx. An AAA truck driver said he was busy all morning helping stranded drivers. “Yes a lot of calls, a lot
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Tropical Storm “Yagi,” the 14th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season, is heading toward eastern China and expected to make landfall on August 12, 2018, with maximum sustained winds near 75 km/h (46 mph). China’s National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued a Blue alert, suggesting local governments to take precautions against possible disasters. At
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The wildfires tearing through California have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of land, destroyed thousands of structures, and forced evacuations across the state. The Mendocino Complex Fire, currently burning in northern California, is the largest in the state’s history. The Carr Fire is already the sixth-most destructive in the state’s history, having claimed six lives and burned through thousands of structures around
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Strong cold front hits Australia’s southeast, one death, hundreds of emergency calls One person was killed after a strong cold front hit Australia’s southeast on August 10. The storm produced strong winds across Victoria, with gusts up to 125 km/h (78 mph), downing trees and damaging buildings and cars. One person was killed after a large
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The northern hemisphere 2018 noctilucent season is still going strong this August, with four times more NLC reports than in the same period in 2017.  “Something unusual is happening in Earth’s upper atmosphere,” Dr. Tony Phillips of the SpaceWeather.com writes. “Normally in August, summertime noctilucent clouds (NLCs) begin to fade as weather conditions in the mesosphere disfavor the formation
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A partial solar eclipse will take place from 06:40 to 12:38 UTC on August 11, 2018. While it will be visible in parts of northeast Canada, Greenland, extreme northern Europe, and northern and eastern Asia, the best place to see it will be northern Russia with 68% coverage.  A partial solar eclipse occurs when the
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Glacial outburst flood from Vatnajökull largest on record, Iceland A glacial outburst flood began at Vatnajökull on August 3 and quickly became the largest on record. The flood peaked on August 4 at 1 400 m3/s and the flow restored to normal on August 9, according to Icelandic Met Office. The flood delivered 500 gigaliters (500
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New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between August 1 and 7, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Ambae, Vanuatu | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Krakatau, Indonesia | Nevados de Chillan, Chile | Sierra Negra, Isla Isabela (Ecuador). Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Copahue,
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Since the dawn of the Space Age, the planet Venus has been a proving ground for competing hypotheses in planetary science. From the 1950s to 1970s, Venus was at the center of a blazing scientific controversy. In 1950, in the bestselling book Worlds in Collision, the scientific heretic Immanuel Velikovsky proposed that the planet Venus
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Extremely dangerous flash floods in Chamoson, Switzerland  A torrent of rock and mud erupted onto the streets of the small Swiss village of Chamoson on August 7 after record-breaking rains hit the area. The incident was triggered by an intense thunderstorm which caused a riverbed to expand and burst. The event comes after 10 days
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A massive landslide hit Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, after days of heavy rain battered the region. The slide took place in Kinnaur’s Ribba area. While it reportedly washed away many vehicles and a few houses, there are no reports of deaths or injuries. According to local media, Himachal Pradesh suffered over a
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Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton at around 21:00 EDT on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, ahead of a slow-moving area of tropical moisture-fueled rain showers. Parts of Toronto experienced widespread flash flooding shortly after as rain quickly overwhelmed drainage systems. Highways 400 and 401, the area near Allen Road, the downtown core and
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The European vegetable processing sector raised concerns last month about potential losses to crop quantity and quality as a result of the very hot summer and prolonged drought conditions in all leading European production regions. Today, these regions have been affected by exceptional weather conditions, where crop evaporation levels have been exceptionally high, many watercourses
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EU vegetable sector in most serious crisis since 1978 With the hot and dry weather continuing throughout July across most parts of Europe, vegetables have continued to suffer and crop yields have fallen sharply. Today the situation for vegetable growers and processors is the most serious that has been experienced in the last forty years,
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A violent thunderstorm moved through parts of Colorado on Monday afternoon, August 6, 2018, dropping very large hail and heavy rainfall. NWS said the storm moved through Fountain, Security and Falcon with wind gusts up to 96 km/h (60 mph). The largest hailstones, nearly the size of softballs, were recorded near Colorado Springs. One of the
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Mendocino Fire Complex explodes in size, now 2nd largest fire in the history of California The Mendocino Fire Complex in California exploded in size over the weekend and is now the second largest wildfire in the history of California.  The fire has consumed 110 747 hectares (273 664 acres) of land and is only 30% contained
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At least 29 people have died due to heatstroke in South Korea and more than 2 200 suffered heat-related conditions, as prolonged and record-breaking heatwave engulfs the country. The Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) said the country is undergoing an extended heatwave, with at least 15 days of temperatures over 35 °C (95 °F). Capital Seoul recorded
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Two tropical storms formed close to Mexico over the past 12 hours, threatening the region with heavy rain, strong winds, and life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Tropical Storm “Ileana” formed 21:00 UTC on August 5, about 265 km (165 miles) SSW of Puerto Escondido, Mexico. At 03:00 UTC on August 6, its maximum sustained winds
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The National Weather Service office in Boston confirmed two tornadoes across Windham County, Connecticut into southern Worcester County, Massachusetts which touched down on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The tornadoes occurred from the same parent thunderstorm cell. One tornado caused extensive damage, injured one person and displaced up to 50. A confirmed EF-1 tornado ripped through the