Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto is located about 125 mi…200 km s of Destin Florida with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

NewsBytes:

England – Storms caused flash flooding across the West Midlands as more than a month’s rainfall deluged parts of Birmingham in just one hour on Sunday. A man in his 80s died in Walsall after his vehicle was submerged in flooding and parts of Northamptonshire were hit. Met Office amber weather warnings of rain and thunderstorms are in place this afternoon for East Anglia, London and the South East and the South West. Homes and businesses were flooded across Shropshire after heavy rainfall.

Maryland, USA – Flash floods following violent thunderstorms have roared through Maryland state’s Ellicott City sweeping away cars and causing major damage.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto is located about 85 mi…135 km wnw of the Dry Tortugas and about 330 mi…530 km s of Apalachicola Florida with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nne or 15 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Storm Alberto has been officially named as the first storm of the 2018 hurricane season as it slowly sweeps through the Caribbean sea. The subtropical storm threatens to bring heavy rain and potential flooding to Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the US Gulf Coast. Tropical storm watches have been issued and experts have warned up to 12 inches of rain could fall in localised areas.

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Oman – Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away whole roadways and submerged others in Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, stranding drivers. Strong winds knocked over street lights and tore away roofing. Rushing waters from the rain and storm surges flooded typically dry creek beds. The storm killed at least five people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said.

Disease

Chikungunya – India

India has reported 9,175 suspected chikungunya cases through April 2018, according to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program of the Ministry of Health. Karnataka state has reported the most cases at 4,879, followed by Gujarat (1357) and Maharashtra (966).

Rift Valley Fever – South Africa

An isolated outbreak of Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been detected on a single farm in the Jacobsdal area of Free State, South Africa, bordering Northern Cape. A total of 250 sheep deaths/abortions were documented and laboratory confirmed on 16 May 2018. No human cases have been detected to date.

Foot and Mouth Disease – Zimbabwe

An outbreak of foot and mouth disease has hit Gutu district which became the latest hard-hit area after Chiredzi in just a month, forcing the veterinary department to issue an order restricting the movement of cattle from the two districts.

Masvingo Beef Farmers Association Chairman Robert Makado confirmed the latest outbreak of foot and mouth in Gutu and blamed the veterinary department for failing to be proactive in dealing with the problem.

Wildlife

Zambia to reinstate hippo cull

Just about two years ago, this website reported on the Zambian government sanctioned plan to cull 2,000 hippos as a ‘wildlife management tool’ to prevent the future spread of anthrax among wild animals.

Just a short period later, the government suspended the cull “to allow for further consultation with stakeholders”.

Now, the wildlife conservation organization, Born Free, reports the 2016 decision not to cull has been reversed, prompting calls for Zambian leaders to personally intervene and call a permanent halt to this damaging and distressing plan, with immediate effect.

According to a Born Free press release Thursday– In a shocking and secretive move, Zambian authorities have overturned their 2016 decision to suspend the brutal culling of up to 2,000 hippos in the world-famous Luangwa Valley over the next five years. The cull is once again being promoted to trophy hunters as a hunt, this time by the South African hunting outfitter Umlilo Safaris.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mayotte region.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02a (Mekunu), located approximately 41 nm west of Salalah, Oman, is tracking northwestward at 07 knots. This is the final warning for this system.

In the North Atlantic Ocean: Sun-Tropical Storm Alberto is located About 95 mi…150 km ese of Cozumel Mexico and about 145 mi…235 km ssw of the western tip of Cuba with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nne or 15 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Czech Republic – Clean-up operations are underway in central, western and southern Bohemia which were hit by flash floods on Thursday night. Flood alerts have been called off, but a number of roads were still closed in the Karlovy Vary region on Friday and many homes remained without electricity. Firemen have been working around-the-clock to clear roads and pump water from cellars in the wake of Thursday’s storms. The severe storms hit the country following a lengthy period of drought.

Kenya – Two people and 70 livestock have been swept away by flash floods in Kabunyany river. 300 families have been displaced by floods as rains continue to pound Baringo County.

Iceland – The Iceland Met Office has issued a warning for heavy rainfall and possible flooding for South and South West Iceland, Friday. Heavy rainfall is forecast for the South and South-West parts of the county from Friday evening 25 May, continuing through the weekend.

Global Warming

The Chemicals That Were Harming The Ozone Layer Are Back

One of humanity’s big achievements when it comes to managing our environment has been the phasing-out of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs – the chemicals that were blasting a hole in Earth’s ozone layer.

However, there may now be a new problem. Scientists from the US, UK and the Netherlands have discovered that someone, for some unknown reason, is continuing to produce CFCs, which were banned under the 1987 Montreal Protocol.

The specific chemical in question is CFC-11, which was once widely used in appliances and foam building insulation. Still found in some old freezers, it was supposed to be completely out of production by 2010. But an analysis of long-term atmospheric measurements suggests it’s still being made somewhere in East Asia—and that means the concentrations of CFC-11 in the atmosphere are declining more slowly than they should be.

The researchers found that emissions of CFC-11 were between 2014 and 2016 up by a quarter from the average between 2002 and 2012. If the source can be identified and controlled soon, they said, the damage to the ozone layer “should be minor.” If not, then it will take substantially longer than anticipated for the ozone layer to recover.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic Ridge.

5.4 earthquake is Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Madagascar.

5.0 earthquake hits the mid-Indian Ridge.

5.5 earthquake hits the south east Indian Ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits north-west of the Ryukyu Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02a (Mekunu), located approximately 83 nm south-southeast of Salalah, Oman, is tracking north-northwestward at 06 knots.

In the North Atlantic Ocean: A broad surface low centered over the southeastern Yucatan Peninsula continues to develop along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula with a 70% chance of tropical cyclone formation.

NewsBytes:

Sri Lanka – Monsoon rains have caused flooding across much of Sri Lanka, leading to the deaths of at least 13 people and displacement of more than 400,000 others. A number of major rivers to burst their banks affecting more than 120,000 people in half of the country’s 25 districts. The military has been deployed to help.

Wildlife

France – Asian Worm Invasion

A silent invasion of giant hammerhead flatworms has been occurring for the past two decades in France and some of its territories.

The extent of the invasion was uncovered by citizen scientists, who found that several non-native species now slither across urban areas of southern France and its overseas territories from the Caribbean to Oceania.

The ecological impact of the invasion is unclear, but the worms prey on animals living in the ground, including earthworms.

The Asian natives are believed to be inadvertently spreading through international trade.

Worms

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Eerie blue flames flared from the ground on Hawaii’s Big Island on Tuesday night (May 22), marking a rarely seen phenomenon that can arise during volcanic eruptions. When red-hot lava buries plants and shrubs, the burning vegetation produces methane, a colorless gas that burns blue, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

When methane is heated, it can seep into voids below the surface — in this case, the cracks on Kahukai Street in the residential area of Leilani Estates. Heated methane can explode, but when it was ignited on Tuesday night, its blue flames simply burned out of the fractures in the road, several feet away from the lava, the USGS reported.

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Environment

Asia – Heat Wave

A searing pre-monsoon heat wave that has baked parts of South Asia for weeks killed at least 65 people during a three-day period in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi, according to a social welfare organization.

Temperatures soaring to 111 degrees Fahrenheit caused the deaths during the opening days of Ramadan, when most Muslims do not eat or drink in daylight hours. Power failures made finding relief from the heat nearly impossible for many.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 121 degrees Fahrenheit (49.4 degrees Celsius) in Bahariya, Egypt.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 92.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 68.9 degrees Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica.

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.