Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits northern Colombia.

The earthquake caused buildings to sway in the capital and elsewhere but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

5.2 Earthquake hits southwest of Africa.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone Pam is located approximately 696 nm north-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia and is tracking south-southwestward at 02 knots.

Tropical cyclone Nathan is located approximately 212 nm north of Cairns, Australia and is tracking north-northwestward at 04 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Nineteen), located approximately 387 nm north-northeast of Learmonth, Australia, and is tracking southward at 06 knots.

NewsBytes:

Bulgaria – A snow storm in Bulgaria has led to a state of emergency being declared in Smolyan, Kardzhali, Haskovo, Pazardzhik and Plovdiv municipalities. Electricity, water and food supplies have been disrupted in Rudozem and Madan. The Tundzha River near Elhovo has reached the flood line, indicating danger of overflow.

Serbia – A snow storm in Sipce near Tutin in southwestern Serbia has claimed the life of a 63-year-old man. A state of emergency has also been declared in the area.

Greece – The region of Serres in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, northern Greece, has been declared in a state of emergency by local authorities due to floods caused after several days of continuous heavy rainfall that destroyed crops and seriously damaged the road network.

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Nature – Images

Interesting Images:

The historic winter of 2015 — which has dumped 105.7 inches of snow in Boston, 2.2 inches shy of the snowiest ever — is leaving mini ”icebergs” on the shores of Cape Cod.

Sseveral giant chunks of ice washed up on the Cape Cod National Seashore in Wellfleet over the weekend. The spectacle is probably a “once-in-a-generation” event due to the extraordinary amount of ice on the Massachusetts Bay.

Last month, a surfer and photographer captured images of another once-in-a-generation kind of event: photos of waves on Nantucket turning to slush.

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Global Warming

Arctic Sea Ice Plunges To Record Low Extent For Late Winter

Instead of easing toward its typical March maximum in coverage, the Arctic’s sea ice appears to be more inclined toward getting a head start on its yearly summer melt-out. As of Sunday, March 8, Arctic sea ice as calculated by Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research extended across 13.65 million square kilometres. This value is more than 450,000 sq km – roughly the size of California – below the record extent for the date.

Even more striking is the consistency of the ice loss over the last couple of weeks. March is often a time of rapid gains and losses in ice cover, as seasonal warming and melting battle it out with quick refreezing when shots of cold air return. This year, the ice extent peaked on February 15 at 13.94 million sq km, and it looks increasingly unlikely that the ice will manage to return to that very early peak over the next couple of weeks.

No season in the Japanese database has fallen short of the 14-million mark, so if the February peak stands, it will mark the lowest maximum in the Arctic since satellite monitoring began in 1979. Not only is Arctic sea ice essential to many ecosystems: it serves as a powerful tracer of recent warming, and its absence in summer allows open water to absorb much more heat from sunlight. While the ice has seen some modest recovery in recent years, it has failed to fully mend the fabric torn by the record-setting drop of 2007. The overall thickness of the ice, and the fraction that’s survived for multiple years (multiyear ice), have both suffered major losses.

Drought

Drought in Chile

Chile is facing an eight-year dry spell that has left fruit withered, miners grappling for enough water to run plants and the forestry industry facing some of the worst wildfires in the last century.