Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.4 Earthquake hits Barbados in the Windward Islands.
5.7 Earthquake hits offshore Maule, Chile.
5.2 Earthquake hits Barbados in the Windward Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.1 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits south of the Mariana Islands.
5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical Storm 11w (Nangka), located approximately 143 nm northeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking northward at 11 knots.
Tropical Storm Halola is located about 528 nm north of Ujelang, and is tracking westward at 13 knots.
Hurricane Dolores is located about 305 mi…490 km WSW of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.
Tropical Storm Enrique is located about 1730 mi…2785 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.
Invest 93L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.
Guyana – Heavy rainfall has triggered severe flooding in Guyana, a country on South America’s North Atlantic coast. President David Granger has called an emergency Cabinet meeting to discuss measures to drain the capital and other areas. More than 10 inches of rainfall was recorded in Georgetown in less than 24 hours.
Illinois, USA – Tornado in far Western Illinois has caused severe damage Thursday evening.
Interesting thunderstorm cloud formations:
‘Antarctic Vortex’ Chills New Zealand and Australia
Southeastern Australia and much of New Zealand were chilled by the coldest midwinter Antarctic blast in five years as press reports warned of even more biting cold and snow ahead from the “Antarctic vortex.”
Snow fell at low elevations across many parts of Australia’s Victoria and New South Wales states, while icy conditions in New Zealand downed power lines and forced road closures.
But the shift in Southern Hemisphere weather patterns also brought Melbourne its wettest July day since 1990.
About 30 areas across New Zealand experienced either their lowest daily maximum temperature or lowest daily minimum temperature ever for July.
Snowfalls were welcomed by ski resort operators, even though some tourists had trouble navigating the icy conditions on the way to the slopes.
Global Temperature Extremes
The week’s hottest temperature was 118.6 degrees Fahrenheit (48.1 degrees Celsius) at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The week’s coldest temperature was minus 109.7 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 78.7 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.
Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.
Wildfires – Siberia
In the past 24 hours, 46 forest fires were being struggled with on the Far Eastern territory; firefighter units managed to put out 8 of them. Regional forestry services — 696 people and 61 units of equipment, as well as 23 air units, including 13 helicopters, continue to tackle 38 fires,” the forestry department said in a Friday statement.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Gamalama (Halmahera): A phreatic explosion occurred yesterday (16 July) at 10 am local time, producing an ash plume that rose 1500 m. Ternate’s airport was temporarily closed following the eruption. The eruption had been preceded by increasing seismic activity since late June. The alert level of the volcano remains at 2 (waspada) on a scale of 1-4, but VAAC Darwin raised the aviation color code to “orange”. An exclusion zone of 1.5 km around the summit is in place.
Colima (Western Mexico): Activity remains exclusively effusive, and overall seems to be decreasing. The lava flow on the southern flank continues to advance slowly, approx. 200 meters per day. Rockfalls from other areas of the crater have been more rare than during the previous day. During an overflight this morning, we could see that last week’s lava dome no longer exists and that the southern rim of the crater is breached, through where the lava flow emerging from a vent in the crater exits onto the steep flank. Vigorous degassing creates a steam plume rising up to approx. 1 km from the crater.