Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits north of Franz Josef Land.

5.7 Earthquake hits north of Franz Josef Land.

5.5 Earthquake hits north of Franz Josef Land.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Carlsberg Ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.1 Earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits Reykjanes Ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Philippe is located about 75 mi…120 km SW of Miami Florida and about 55 mi…90 km ENE of Wey west Florida with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 70 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Selma is located about 50 mi…80 km NNE of San Salvador El Salvador with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 30 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 27w (Saola), located approximately 211 nm east-southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking east-northeastward at 28 knots.

Newsbytes:

Florida, USA – Tropical Storm Philippe makes for a wet day and night in South Florida. The National Hurricane Center said the poorly organized Philippe’s center was approaching the Florida Keys as heavy rains washed over Central Cuba, South Florida and the Northwestern Bahamas.

Thailand – Despite floodwaters draining across the country more than 112,800 families in 17 provinces are still affected by floods, with the death toll standing officially at 10 from the latest spate of flooding.

Global Warming

Frost Season Arriving Later Each Year – USA

Across the United States, the year’s first freeze has been arriving further and further into the calendar, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide.

The trend of ever later first freezes appears to have started around 1980, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of data from 700 weather stations across the U.S. going back to 1895 compiled by Ken Kunkel, a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

To look for nationwide trends, Kunkel compared the first freeze from each of the 700 stations to the station’s average for the 20th century. Some parts of the country experience earlier or later freezes every year, but on average freezes are coming later.

The average first freeze over the past 10 years, from 2007 to 2016, is a week later than the average from 1971 to 1980, which is before Kunkel said the trend became noticeable.

Overall the United States freeze season of 2016 was more than a month shorter than the freeze season of 1916. It was most extreme in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon’s freeze season was 61 days – two months – shorter than normal.

A shorter freeze season means a longer growing season and less money spent on heat. But it also hurts some plants that require a certain amount of chill, such as Georgia peaches, said Theresa Crimmins, a University of Arizona ecologist. Crimmins is assistant director of the National Phenology Network . Phenology is the study of the seasons and how plants and animals adapt to timing changes.

Pests that attack trees and spread disease aren’t being killed off as early as they normally would be, Crimmins said.

In New England, many trees aren’t changing colors as vibrantly as they normally do or used to because some take cues for when to turn from temperature, said Boston University biology professor Richard Primack.

Clusters of late-emerging monarch butterflies are being found far further north than normal for this time of year and are unlikely to survive their migration to Mexico.

Disease

Q Fever – Chile

Chilean authorities are seeking international advice after dozens of people in the southern part of the country contracted the infection, Q fever. Authorities report that the 43 patients are inhabitants of the region of Los Lagos and Los Ríos, in southern Chile, and twenty of them were hospitalized. It should be noted that the majority of the cases are workers in the dairy industry.

Q fever is caused by the obligate intracellular pathogen, Coxiella burnetii. The disease is usually transmitted to people through either infected milk or through aerosols. This disease is found on most continents with the reported incidence probably much lower than the actual because so many cases are so mild.