Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.7 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.
5.5 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.3 Earthquake hits Zambia.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Balleny Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits Iceland.
5.1 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Madeira Islands, Portugal.
5.0 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honsu, Japan.
5.0 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Hurricane Vance is located about 505 mi…810 km SW of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…NW or 320 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.
Hazards affecting land – surf…swells generated by Vance are expected to begin affecting portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico and Baja California Sur in a day or two..
Super Typhoon 20w (Nuri), located approximately 5531 nm south-southeast of Kadena AB, and is tracking north-northeastward at 06 knots.
Polar Vortex Outbreaks Linked to Vanishing Arctic Ice
Vanishing Arctic sea ice appears to have been responsible for the spells of bitterly cold wintertime conditions in the Northern Hemisphere during recent years.
Masato Mori of the University of Tokyo and colleagues found colder-than-normal winters are now twice as likely to occur across Eurasia under these conditions than before the record polar melting began.
This past September saw the sixth-lowest minimum Arctic sea ice extent ever observed.
A warming Arctic causes the polar jet stream to be weaker, allowing frigid weather systems to creep farther south.
It can also promote blocking weather patterns that cause the chill to linger for weeks.
While the study focused on a part of Eurasia that stretches from Eastern Europe to China, the past few winters have also brought frigid conditions not seen in decades to parts of Western Europe and North America.
But Adam Scaife of the U.K. Met Office says the polar blasts are likely to end once all of the ice disappears in the Arctic during autumn. Some models predict it could happen during the 2030s.
“The key thing here is that they argue that climate change wins in the long run,” Scaife told New Scientist. This means that while our current winters may at times be bitterly cold, global warming will eventually catch up once the Arctic refrigerator defrosts.