Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Chantal is located about 445 mi…715 km s of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…e or 90 degrees at 22 mph…35 km/h.
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression (td) 12w (Bailu), located approximately 716 nm south-southeast of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 07 knots.
Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.0 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.
5.4 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.
5.3 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.
5.0 earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Central America.
California to build largest wildlife crossing in world
Hoping to fend off the extinction of mountain lions and other species that require room to roam, transportation officials and conservationists will build a mostly privately funded wildlife crossing over a major Southern California highway. It will give big cats, coyotes, deer, lizards, snakes and other creatures a safe route to open space and better access to food and potential mates.
Smoke from Burning Amazon Turns São Paulo Afternoon into Midnight
There’s so much smoke from wildfires in the Amazon rainforest that São Paulo plunged into darkness on Monday afternoon (Aug. 19), with day turning into night. The atmosphere was a reminder that forest fires in the Amazon have surged 82% this year compared with the same period last year (from January to August).
That smoke, combined with clouds and a cold front (it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere), led to the midnight-like darkness in São Paulo. The fires are largely burning in northern Brazil and have prompted the Brazilian state of Amazonas to declare a state of emergency.
Wildfires – Alaska
The Alaska Division of Forestry has called in over 200 firefighters from Washington to help contain multiple wildfires raging across Southcentral in a late-season flareup in drought-stricken parts of the State.
Fire officials on Monday went over the latest news for the Deshka Fire — currently burning around 2,000 acres along Nancy Lake Parkway — the McKinley Fire — burning steady at 3,000 acres, and compromising 50 structures — and the Swan Lake Fire on the Kenai Peninsula, which DOF spokesperson John See says has burned over 100,000 acres since it started back up on Sunday.