Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 Earthquake hits offshore Bio-Bio, Chile.

5.5 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.3 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Post Tropical Storm Hilda is located about 275 mi…440 km S of Hilo Hawaii and about 400 mi…645 km SSE of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…WSW or 250 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm 15w (Molave), located approximately 873 nm east of Misawa, Japan, and is tracking east-northeastward at 22 knots.

Tropical Depression 16w (Sixteen), located approximately 297 nm east-southeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking westward at 05 knots.

Tropical Depression 17w (Seventeen), located approximately 326 nm southwest of Wake Island, is tracking northward at 05 knots.

Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

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NewsBytes:

Britain – Brighton has been hit by flooding following heavy rain today, hitting the city’s station and shops. Floods did temporarily disrupt trains elsewhere in Sussex, with services halted between Eastbourne and London, along with services between Lewes and Wivelsfield. Kent was also affected by the flooding.

Myanmar – Myanmar was evacuating parts of Hakha on Wednesday after mudslides wiped away hundreds of houses and torrential rain threatened further damage in the worst floods to hit the country in decades. The government in Hakha, the capital of impoverished Chin state in northwest Myanmar, was moving nearly 4,000 people to safety after landslides caused by rains destroyed 375 houses. At least 103 people have been killed and more than one million “critically affected” by the flooding, according to the government. Five out of six townships in Hakha, population 50,000, had been hit by landslides and another 900 houses were in danger of being damaged. Myanmar has halted all rice exports.

Pakistan — Update – The floods across Pakistan have over the past month left at least 202 people dead and injured 157 others affecting nearly 1.5 million people.

Environment

A Record El Niño Could Develop This Year

Conditions across the tropical Pacific have recently been comparable to what they were during the summer of 1997, when the most powerful El Niño on record was brewing.

The ocean-warming phenomenon typically peaks between December and April, which is providing hope for drought-ravaged California’s rainy season.

However, it is also prompting weather agencies to warn that it could lead to devastating drought from Australia to Asia and floods for South America.

The warming creates weather abnormalities in various other parts of the world as well.

Some forecast models predict further ocean warming of up to 4.9 degrees Fahrenheit above normal later this year.

Should this be realized, it would create the strongest El Niño since 1997.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 120.9 degrees Fahrenheit (49.4 degrees Celsius) at Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 106.5 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 76.8 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.