Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.7 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.
5.3 earthquake hits Easter Island.
5.1 earthquake hits Taiwan.
5/1 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.
5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.
5.0 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.
5.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are currently no tropical storm systems.
Trinidad and Tobago – Several parts of Trinidad and Tobago are experiencing flooding as an active low-level tough traverses westward over the country. Affected areas include Biche, Ortoire, Santa Cruz, St Joseph, Maracas, Caparo and Arouca. There have also been reports of landslides.
The warming Arctic Ocean is bringing more snowfall to Siberia
Global warming has increased the evaporation and retreat of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. The climate change-induced impacts in the Arctic Ocean could be responsible for an increase in snow cover in Siberia, a new study has suggested.
Enhanced evaporation deposits more moisture in the Arctic atmosphere, which makes its journey towards the western parts of Siberia where the moisture is deposited as snow.
It was also found that increased snow cover in western Russia increased the risk of summer heat waves in Europe and Northeast Asia. More research needs to be done to fully understand the interplay for global weather effects consequent on a rapidly warming Artic.
Wildfires – Europe
Over 20 wildfires raged across Portugal and several burned in western Spain yesterday, menacing villages and disrupting tourists’ holidays amid a heatwave that meteorologists expect to push temperatures into the high 40s Celsius.
In Spain’s western region of Extremadura bordering Portugal firefighters evacuated a few hundred villagers overnight as a precaution and continued to battle a blaze that on Tuesday swept into Salamanca province in the region of Castile and Leon.
In France too, about 800 firefighters, supported by six water-bomber aircraft, were battling two wildfires in the southwest, which have already prompted the evacuation of thousands of campers. About 2 700 hectares were burned.
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever – Iran
Iranian health officials have reported a significant increase in Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) cases in deaths in 2022 compared to recent years. Since March, Iran reported 78 CCHF cases, including nine deaths. This a a more than 500% increase from last year.