Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Invest 95E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

Environment

Atlantic Cool ‘Blob’ May Be From Ocean Current Slowdown

Some atmospheric scientists are concerned that an unusual “blob” of cold water has emerged in parts of the far northern Atlantic Ocean during the past two years.

While the world as a whole seems poised to experience the warmest year on record, the cold blob stands out.

Located between southern Greenland and Europe, the cold pool could mean the Atlantic’s so-called “meridional overturning circulation,” of which the Gulf Stream is a part, could be slowing down.

It’s believed the freshwater runoff from Greenland’s melting ice cap could be impeding the typical sinking of the cold North Atlantic water before its deep return flow to the tropics.

Differences in temperature and salinity drive the entire ocean’s circulation.

Any slowdown of the vast oceanic engine could impact sea levels around the North Atlantic as well as marine life.

The darkest blue over the North Atlantic indicates where the coldest temperatures on record occurred between January and August 2015.

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Wildlife

First Blue Whales in 100 Years Seen North of Scandinavia

Marine researchers say they have found blue whales swimming in the waters of the Barents Sea, north of Scandinavia and European Russia, after a century of absence.

The largest animals to have ever existed on the planet were hunted to near extinction by whaling fleets in the 20th century until they became protected by international agreement in 1966.

Their numbers have recently rebounded worldwide.

The giant cetaceans were spotted in the Barents Sea this past summer by coast guard ships and cruise vessels.

“This is great news,” said senior researcher at the Norwegian Polar Institute Keith Kovach.

In 20 years of operating in the region, the institute says blue whales had not been spotted once until this summer.

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Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 112.1 degrees Fahrenheit (45.5 degrees Celsius) at Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 83.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 64.2 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.