Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 357 nm west-northwest of Kingston Island, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 02w (Wutip), located approximately 170 nm southwest of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 09 knots.

NewsBytes:

Guam – The island had already started feeling the impacts of Typhoon Wutip this morning. Typhoon Wutip is pouring rain on the island. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning.

USA – Rounds of rare weather, including floods, snowfall and the risk of a tornado outbreak. have been paralyzing communities across the U.S. this week. The rare phenomenon known as “thundersnow” occurred in both Ohio and Maryland. For the first time in more than a decade, measurable snow fell in Las Vegas, where a half-inch dusted the ground. Flagstaff, AZ, has seen more than 14 inches of snow. The same winter storm that brought the heavy snow triggered an emergency in Prescott, AZ. Torrential rains, up to 6 inches in some places, triggered floods and mudslides in the South. Flooding broke the banks of many rivers that were already at or above flood stage, turning many roads into rivers, and completely destroying some – as the risk of a tornado outbreak threatens a large area of the Southeast this weekend.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Fireball at Yosemite

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As meltwater plunges 1,500 feet (457 meters) to the ground from the El Capitan rock formation in February, the setting sun throws its light against the falls. If the sky is clear and the sun is positioned precisely in the western sky, that setting sunlight paints the the water with fiery orange, yellow and pink light.

Dragon and Phoenix Auroras over Iceland

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Wildlife

Right Whale Baby Boom

Scientists are expressing hope for the recovery of the endangered Atlantic right whale population after seven of the species’ calves were spotted off Florida this winter.

Only about 450 North Atlantic right whales are believed to remain after whaling drove the species to near extinction before hunting them was banned in 1937.

Right whale mothers typically give birth about every four years. Researcher Katie Jackson of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says about 16 to 18 calves need to be born each year just to maintain the current small population.