Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Atlantic: Invest 90L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.


Wildfires – Southern States, USA

Dozens of wildfires continue to burn across southern states on Wednesday, blanketing large areas with smoke and prompting health officials to warn people to stay indoors.

Some 40 large active fires are being tracked by the U.S. Forest Service across at 7 southern states. More than 80,000 acres have burned in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia.

Forestry officials in Tennessee said 11 new fires popped up over 24 hours on Monday, even as crews were spread out battling 67 blazes totaling nearly 16,000 acres across the state. More than 200 patients have been hospitalized in Chattanooga due to breathing difficulties related to the circle of wildfires surrounding the city.

In North Carolina, firefighters are struggling with 15 large fires. Personnel working the state’s largest fire, which has burned more than 13,000 acres so far, appeared to have turned a corner. The Tellico blaze, as it is known, was 74 percent contained by Tuesday afternoon.

Smoky conditions have caused health officials across several states to issue air quality alerts and advise residents to avoid outdoor activities.

Fire officials say the largest wildfire in the South has now burned more than 23,000 acres in the north Georgia mountains — an area larger than the New York City borough of Manhattan. The blaze was 30 percent contained Wednesday morning.

Wildfires – Queensland, Australia

A firefighter has been hospitalised in far north Queensland as nearly a dozen fires burn across the state. Several fires in central Queensland remain within containment lines but heavy smoke is affecting Rockhampton and nearby areas. Fires inland of the Sunshine Coast are also under control but motorists are being asked to drive with caution.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week of 9 November-15 November 2016

Copahue | Central Chile-Argentina border : Based on satellite and webcam images, the Buenos Aires VAAC reported that during 9-12 November gas, steam, and ash plumes rose from Copahue to altitudes of 3.3-3.6 km (11,000-12,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SE, E, and NE.

Kerinci | Indonesia : Based on satellite data, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 15 November an ash plume from Kerinci rose to an altitude of 4.3 km (14,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 30 km NE.

Langila | New Britian (Papua New Guinea) : Based on analyses of satellite imagery and wind data, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 13 November an ash plume from Langila rose to an altitude of 2.1 km (7,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 55 km N.

Sabancaya | Peru : A Technical and Scientific Committee for volcanic risk management of the Arequipa region is comprised of five groups including IGP’s Observatorio Vulcanológico del Sur (OVS) and INGEMMET’s Observatorio Vulcanológico (OVI) and have been monitoring Sabancaya since 2013. The committee reported that new ash-bearing explosions began on 6 November. The explosions, detected at 2126, 2127, and 2149, produced ash plumes that rose 1.5 km above the crater rim and drifted E.

The frequency of hybrid earthquakes increased noticeably in early October and in the hours prior to the 6 November explosions. Volcanic gas emissions had also increased significantly, with values as high as 7,173 tons/day on 23 October. The MIROVA system had detected a thermal anomaly at the volcano on 2 November.

During 6-13 November ash-and-gas emissions from explosions and from periods in between explosions rose as high as 3 km above the crater. An event at 1320 on 8 November generated a significant ash plume that rose 2.4 km above the crater rim with ash dispersing within a 5-km radius. During 9-10 November ash plumes rose as high as 2 km and drifted 30-35 km SE, E, and NE, producing ashfall in the villages of Valle del Colca to the NE. On 11 November an explosion generated an ash plume that rose 3 km and drifted 40 km E and NE. An ash plume from an explosion the next day rose 2 km and drifted 30 km NE.

Ubinas | Peru : The Comité Científico de Monitoreo Permanente del volcán Ubinas, made up of scientists from IGP’s Observatorio Vulcanológico del Sur (OVS) and INGEMMET’s Observatorio Vulcanológico (OVI), reported that on 8 November three explosions at Ubinas (at 2126, 2127, and 2149) generated an ash plume that rose 1.5 km above the crater rim and drifted E.