Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.9 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.
5.6 Earthquake hits Lac Kivu, Congo.
5.5 Earthquake hits Lac Kivu, Congo.
5.3 Earthquake hits Gulf of California.
5.2 Earthquake hits Gulf of California.
5.1 Earthquake hits Gulf of California.
5.1 Earthquake hits south of Africa.
5.1 Earthquake hits the central MidAtlantic ridge.
5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical Depression Guillermo is located about 80 mi…130 km NE of Honolulu Hawaii and about 150 mi…240 km E of Lihue Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.
Tropical Storm Hilda is located about 1380 mi…2225 km ESE of Hilo Hawaii and about 1830 mi…2945 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.
Typhoon 13w (Soudelor), located approximately 243 nm southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.
Tropical depression 15w (Fifteen) is located approximately 360 nm east-southeast of Iwo To, and is tracking north-northwestward at 13 knots.
Invest 93E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.
Australia & new Zealand – The Southern Hemisphere’s current bitter winter brought another blast of Antarctic air to parts of Australia and New Zealand. A massive low-pressure area channeled a flow of frigid air from the Antarctic ice shelf northward, causing snow to fall at sea level around Tasmania and mainland Australia for the first time in 10 years. Similar conditions were expected for New Zealand’s Southland, Fiordland and Otago regions by the weekend.
Earth Already Halfway to 2-Degree Warming Cap Goal
Global warming has already caused temperatures to increase by half of what governments pledged not to exceed, according to new calculations.
U.N. negotiations aim to limit the warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels through reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
In a fresh calculation run at the request of New Scientist magazine, computational scientist Kevin Cowtan of the University of York found that all but one of the data sets used to calculate climate change revealed that Earth will have already warmed more than 1 degree above 1850-1899 levels before the next U.N. climate talks get underway in December.
Many experts fear that if drastic action is not taken soon to reduce carbon emissions, Earth could surpass 2 degrees of warming by 2050.
Experts say limiting warming to below 2 degrees will help avoid the worst effects of climate change.
An apparent slowdown in global warming from 1998 to 2012 was due to a combination of a less active sun, higher levels of cooling aerosols from volcanoes and Asian factories in the atmosphere and the oceans absorbing a lot of the excess heat.
Global Temperature Extremes
The week’s hottest temperature was 122.0 degrees Fahrenheit (50.0 degrees Celsius) at Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabie.
The week’s coldest temperature was minus 103.7 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 75.4 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.
This picture released by Nasa shows the far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC)) and the Earth – one million miles away.