Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

The 2014 Atlantic tropical weather season kicked off a couple of weeks ago with the system named Invest 90-E, which brought mudslides to Mexico and beneficial rain to Texas. A new disturbance, predictiably named Invest 91-E, is located several hundred miles from the Mexican coast. This system will deteriorate, as conditions for development will become hostile by tomorrow and movement will be west over colder water.

The eastern Pacific hurricane season ‘officially’ began on May 15; the Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1. The tropical cyclone season runs all year in the western Pacific, and there have already been four tropical storms and a typhoon since January first.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.6 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.5 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Balleny Islands region.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Iran (no 2).

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.


Earthquake Chart

Earthquake clusters 140507a


Wildfires – USA

Arizona – Hundreds of firefighters are pouring into northern Arizona to battle a wind-whipped wildfire burning in scenic Oak Creek Canyon near Slide Rock State Park.

Coconino National Forest officials say 200 firefighters are already assigned to the fire, including five Hotshot crews.

An additional 15 Hotshot crews are on order, as well as 10 additional firefighting crews plus dozens of fire engines.

The Slide Fire has forced the evacuations of 100 threatened businesses and homes in a 2-mile stretch north of the state park, and 15 people stayed at a shelter in Flagstaff.

There are no reports so far of injuries or structures burned. Slide Rock State Park is a popular recreation area because of its natural rock water slides.

California – Conditions continue to improve for firefighters working to contain the remaining wildfires burning in Southern California, which have been reduced to three.