Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.7 earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.7 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.
5.4 earthquake hits Taiwan.
5.3 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji.
5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are no current tropical storms.
Thailand – Floods and landslides have struck again in southern Thailand, affecting the 4 provinces of Songkhla, Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani. Authorities report 3 people have died as a result. Flooding began around 04 January after heavy rain influenced by the North East Monsoon and an area of low pressure off the coast of Peninsular Malaysia, where flooding has also affected thousands of people since the start of the year. According to Thailand’s Meteorological Department, in a 24 hour period to 05 January, Yala recorded 141.9mm of rain and Narathiwat 71.7mm.
Global Warming Heats 2020 to Record Temps
2020 capped off Earth’s hottest recorded decade and tied with 2016 for the hottest year, according to data released today by the Copernicus Climate Change Service, a program of the European Commission.
Average global temperatures were about 2.25°F (1.25°C) above the preindustrial average. That 2020 tied 2016 alarmed climate scientists because the 2016 high was fueled in part by a largely natural El Niño cycle, which features above-average equatorial sea surface temperatures across the Pacific and adds more heat to the atmosphere, while 2020 featured a cooling La Niña cycle.
This means, in essence, human-caused global warming overwhelmed the planet’s natural cooling cycle.
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will each issue their year-end global temperature data Jan. 14 and are expected to rank 2020 as either the first or second-warmest based on slight differences in measuring.
Wildfires – India
In a major relief, the wildfire at Dzuko valley range at Manipur-Nagaland border for nearly two weeks has been finally brought under control. The Dzuko valley wildfire reportedly started on December 29 and has engulfed a large area of the valley both in Nagaland and Manipur. In Manipur, the fire had completely destroyed the vegetations of Mt Iso, the highest peak in the state.
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