Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific:

Philippines – The low pressure area (LPA), previously called tropical depression “Caloy,” could either intensify again once it passes over the open waters of the Sulu Sea or simply dissipate.

Forecasters said that based on current models, the LPA would linger within the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) until Tuesday or Wednesday. While inside the PAR, it could either weaken further and dissipate or it could develop again into a tropical cyclone upon passing over open waters, where weather disturbances would usually gain strength. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, the LPA was estimated at 50 kilometers east of Dumaguete City and would bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the Visayas.

In the Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone Gillian is located approximately 730 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia.

NewsBytes:

Sixteen schools in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Aswan were evacuated on Sunday due to flooding. Egypt has witnessed unusually severe variations in weather in the last month, with heavy rains and sandstorms across the country. The inclement weather was the first of its kind in almost 20 years, according to Egypt’s meteorological authority.

Global Warming

Tibet records rising temperatures and extreme weather

Global warming has reached the snow-capped Himalayas in south China’s Tibet, with rising temperatures and more extreme weather, according to an official climate report.

The report on climate change and environmental monitoring in Tibet was published by the Tibet Climate Centre this week. The report is based on analysis of climate data collected between 1961 and 2013, showing that the average temperature in Tibet has been rising by 0.31 degrees Celsius every decade.

Tibet is the highest region in the mid-latitude regions, and seen as a barometer of global warming. Rising temperatures have been accompanied by increased precipitation, up by 6.6 millimetres every 10 years for the past five decades. There is also a trend of more severe extreme weather. Both the record low temperature of -36.7 degrees Celsius and the record high temperature of 32.3 degrees Celsius were logged in Tibet last year.

With the pace of global warming, the average temperature in Tibet is expected to rise by 1.96 degrees Celsius from 2011 to 2100, which would be mainly through a rise of winter temperatures. Warmer temperatures and increased precipitation are likely to add greenery to the plateau region.