Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm Matmo is located approximately 203 nm south-southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, and is tracking northwestward at 15 knots.

Typhoon Matmo is bearing down on Taiwan with landfall to occur Tuesday evening local time. Matmo is approaching the east coast of Taiwan with maximum wind gusts over 160 kph (100 mph). Landfall is expected in the next six hours along the central coast.

The heaviest rain thus far has fallen across Lanyu Township, just east of the main island of Taiwan. Rainfall of 250-300 mm (10-12 inches) has been reported. Also wind gusts over 100 mph have pelted the small island for several hours as the eye of the storm passed just to the northeast.

Heavy rain and strong winds will worsen across much of Taiwan through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as the storm crosses the island and moves into the Formosa Strait (Taiwan Strait).

Since mountains cover much of the island, heavy rainfall will likely create dangerous and life-threatening mudslides, while flooding will be a major concern across all areas.

Impacts from Matmo will be well to the north of southern China and northern Vietnam, areas that were recently impacted by Rammasun just days ago.

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In the Atlantic:

A tropical depression has formed in the north Atlantic moving westwards 1 645 km east of the Lesser Antilles. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.


First Litter of Wild Wolf Pups Born in Mexico

For the first time in more than 30 years, a litter of wolf pups was born in the wild in Mexico, wildlife authorities announced last week.

The Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi), also known as the lobo, went extinct in the wild about three decades ago. But in recent years, breeding pairs of the species have been raised in captivity and reintroduced into the mountains of western Mexico as part of a national conservation effort.

An expedition to the area in June verified that there were five wolf pups in good health.

The birth of the first wild litter is an “important step in the reintroduction program” and it expands the possibilities of the species’ recovery in Mexico.

Mexican wolves were also pushed to the brink of extinction in the southwestern United States by the 1970s, but they’ve been reintroduced in New Mexico and Arizona. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) reported that they had counted at least 83 Mexican wolves in the experimental population in those two states by the end of 2013. FWS officials documented five breeding couples and 17 newborn pups among the 14 known packs in the region.

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Wildfires – USA

Washington Wildfires

The largest wildfires burning in central Washington are over four times larger than the size of Seattle and they’re 16 percent contained.

The Carlton Complex Fires in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest are 379 square miles. They have destroyed at least 200 homes and one person has died while trying to protect his home from the flames.

Another fire, the Mills Canyon Fire, also in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, is 22,571 acres. The Chiwaukum Complex is 11,051 acres and is slowly making its way down the Tumwater Canyon toward Icicle Ridge and Leavenworth.

Oregon Wildfires

Crews have made good progress against the wildfire that’s been raging in southeast Oregon, spreading across 396,000 acres and leaving dead cattle on the blackened rangeland.

Firefighters joined with local ranchers in a battle against the Buzzard complex, which is now 75 percent contained thanks to cooler temperatures over the weekend.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Kilauea (Hawai’i): Kīlauea continued to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone, and gas emissions in both areas remained elevated. There was no significant change in tilt recorded at the summit, and the lava lake level was relatively steady over the past week leveling at ~30m (98ft).

At the middle East Rift Zone, lava flows continued to erupt from the northeast flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone, spreading to the northeast. The June 27th breakout continued to spread toward the northeast in two main lobes, reaching about 2km (1.2m) from the vent on the northeast flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Small lava ponds were present within the two southeastern pits in the crater floor, and glow above the other two pits indicated lava was at least close to the surface there as well.