Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits the Maug Islands in the North Mariana Islands.

5.8 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits south of Tonga.

5.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.

Two 5,0 earthquakes hit the Kuril Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 1114 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking eastward at 10 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Fifteen), located approximately 262 nm northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking west-southwestward at 06 knots.

NewsBytes:

Ohio, USA – Heavy rains pushed the Ohio River into flood stage Tuesday, causing landslides that downed trees and blocked several roads, including a major route into downtown Cincinnati. Flooded roads also closed two casinos in Anderson Township and southeastern Indiana, and a Northern Kentucky school district. Hamilton County EMA officials estimate at least a dozen roads are closed in the Tri-State.

Global Warming

Interactive Map Shows What Climate Change Will Do to US Cities by 2050

The US National Climate Assessment, a stunning report released in November by 13 federal agencies and the White House late last month, showed that climate change has already had devastating impacts on our health and economy, and that costs could mount to hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century.

The report maps out what we can expect if we aggressively cut greenhouse gas emissions now, and what would happen if we do nothing. As part of the Weather 2050 project, researchers used the latter scenario to look at what could happen to temperature and precipitation in US cities by the middle of the century.

They found that by 2050, many US cities may resemble hotter, more southern parts of the country today. A few of the most striking transitions are shown here:

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Five homes have reportedly been lost in northern NSW as a result of out-of-control bushfires in the area, with more than 40 fires still burning across the state. Firefighters are still working to contain two large bushfires that destroyed the properties, amid concerns they could flare up due to hot, dry and windy conditions.

The out-of-control blaze at Tabulam, west of Casino, has already burnt through nearly 4000 hectares, while almost 6000 hectares of bush has been lost in Tingha, south of Inverell, and around the community of Old Mill.