Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Hurricane Gaston is located about 630 mi…1015 km E of Bermuda and about 1575 mi…2535 km W of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…NE or 55 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Tropical Depression Eight is located about 85 mi…135 km SSE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 345 degrees at 5 mph…8 km/h

Tropical Depression Nine is located about 305 mi…495 km W of Key West Florida and about 270 mi…435 km W of Havana Cuba with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Invest 92L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Lester is located about 1435 mi…2305 km E of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Hurricane Madeline is located about 490 mi…790 km E of Hilo Hawaii and about 680 mi…1095 km E of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 12w (Lionrock), located approximately 164 nm south of Misawa, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 18 knots.

In the Central Pacific: Invest 92C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

USA – Storms brought heavy downpours and flooding in parts of Cincinnati, Colorado Springs and Chicago over the weekend with road closures and water rescues by emergency services.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Maule, Chile.

Wildlife

Whale stays to say thank you

A whale rescued from being entangled off the Cape coast, South Africa, did the most extraordinary thing moments later… the animal swam up to the volunteers, rested its head on the boat, and stayed there for 20 minutes.

Before its rescue, the 9m-long adult male Humpback had been entangled in rope and floatation buoys in the area of Rocky Banks, offshore at Cape Point, said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

Once all ropes and the floatation buoy were removed, in a most incredible reaction from the animal, the whale swam right up alongside the sea rescue craft, almost hugging the rescue boat (all motors had been switched off) and he gently placed his head on the gunnel of the sea rescue craft. The whale remained there for almost 20 minutes seemingly staring at his rescuers.

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Global Warming

The Future of Animal Migrations

The natural world is under siege by climate change. Rising temperatures are pushing plants and animals outside their current range. To keep pace with climate change, species will need a path to follow northward or up in elevation, minimally interrupted by human development.

The maps don’t show specific species (you’re not going to be able to find the grizzly bear path, for example), but rather shows the general patterns scientists expect animals to follow as the world warms.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Argentina

Firefighters are trying to extinguish a wildfire in Villa de la Quebrada, 40 km from San Luis, Argentina. The wildfires in central Argentina have affected nearly 8,500 hectares of land, while on Saturday 80 people were evacuated.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): The activity of the volcano, mainly effusive, remains intense. There are currently 3 active lava flows descending the steep stratovolcano: two parallel ones on the eastern-southeastern flank and a new one on the upper southwestern slope which has appeared about a week ago. An intense thermal anomaly corresponding to the large output of lava is visible on satellite data. Small ash plumes from strombolian activity in the summit crater have been producing plumes today that reached 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude and drifted eastwards today.