Wildfires – New Mexico, USA
A blaze burning in southern New Mexico was expected to grow again Sunday, a day after it made a run that consumed nearly 19 square miles of rugged terrain in the Gila National Forest.
The Silver Fire has charred more than 88 square miles since being sparked by lightning on June 7. Almost 500 firefighters and support personnel were assigned to the fire.
Crews braced for a hot, dry and windy day as weather forecasters issued another red flag warning for the area on Sunday. Humidity levels were extremely low and winds were likely to gust to 30 mph.
Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.0 Earthquake hits Guatemala.
5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.
Yesterday’s Earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia injured at least 24 people, three of them in critical condition. The quake seriously damaged more than 1,700 houses and 25 temples. The Earthquake was reasonably shallow at 6.2 miles.
Lightning has claimed the lives of three children in Kalaiya, Nepal.
Severe hailstorms have caused heavy damage to agricultural crops in eight villages in Akhmeta in the Kakheti region of eastern Georgia. The hailstorms which lasted for 20 minutes and damaged 80 percent of the vineyards in Akhmeta.
Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding in parts of southwestern Wisconsin, USA.
The Sun emitted an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME) one day before the summer solstice, which is when the Sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky. This particular solar phenomenon ejects billions of tons of particles into outer space that can impact our planet several day later.
The CME exited the Sun at speeds of approximately 1350 miles per second, which NASA says is very fast for CMEs.
These particles cannot pass through the Earth’s atmosphere to affect humans, but they can impact communication systems. Magnetic storms can disrupt communication signals and lead to surprising electrical surges in power grids.
Skywatchers in northern latitudes can expect spectacular northern lights in the coming days.