Storms and Floods

Flooding in La Jolla, Southern California

High tide in La Jolla caused flooding in coastal area of southern California. ‘King Tides’ were also expected to come in to La Jolla at 6.9 feet and at 8:01 a.m in San Diego

Floods in Malawi

Three people have died, and nearly 5 000 households have been ruined as floods swept through parts of Malawi.

Dust Storm in Western Australia

A massive thunderstorm laden with red dust was photographed from a tug boat as it moved out toward the Indian Ocean. A meteorologist said the storm was dumping huge amounts of sand it had picked up while passing the coastal town of Onslow in Western Australia.

Dust Storm

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Space Events

Doomsday Asteroid

A near-earth asteroid once considered a potential killer is even bigger than expected, but still not a threat to humanity – now or in the future.

When asteroid 99942 Apophis was discovered in June 2004, initial analyses of its trajectory suggested a small chance that it could collide with the Earth in the year 2029, causing an explosion equivalent to 1480 megatons of TNT–nearly 30 times larger than the biggest hydrogen bomb ever detonated. But later observations have given astronomers a better view of the object, and made it clear that the likelihood of a collision was so small as to be negligible.


2012 Hottest Year on Record for USA

The US sweltered under its hottest year on record in 2012, breaking the previous yearly average by 0.6°C which occurred in 1998. Last year the average US temperature was 13°C amid widespread drought and a mild winter. July broke the record for hottest month. Nineteen states set yearly heat records in 2012. Alaska, however, was cooler than average.

Drought in Thailand

A disaster zone was declared due to drought in the northern province of Phichit, Thailand. A drought disaster zone was issued for the drought hit districts of Muang, Saklek, Dong Charoen and Wangsai Poon.

Drought Relief in US

Some modest relief is expected this week from the worst drought in over 50 years in the U.S. crop belt and volatile weather patterns are shifting attention to potential harm or winterkill in the U.S. Plains hard red winter wheat region.

Heavy rainfall is expected this week in the U.S. Delta extending into central Texas and the showers will move into portions of the southern Midwest.


Drought in Brazil

Brazil’s Northeast is suffering its worst drought in decades, threatening hydro-power supplies in an area prone to blackouts and potentially slowing economic growth in one of the country’s emerging agricultural frontiers.


Passenger Aircraft Crash in Moscow

A passenger airliner ran off the runway at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport on Saturday, breaking apart and catching fire. 12 people were aboard the Tu-204 (a twin-engine medium-range jet with a capacity of 210 passengers) and all were rescued but two were in serious condition. Details on the crash were not immediately clear. Initial reports said the plane crashed while attempting to land, but later reports said it had crashed while taking off. Light snow was falling in Moscow at the time. Pictures indicated that the plane’s nose, including the cockpit area, appeared sheared off.


At least two people have been killed and another 11 injured after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Burma.


USA Drought

Cargo Continues moving on the Mississippi River, but perhaps not for long – The Midwestern drought has brought the river, one of the world’s largest navigable inland waterways, to water levels so low that they threaten to shut down shipping.

Nebraska – A Nebraska natural resources district may impose limits on irrigation in the wake of drought conditions and declining water levels. Kansas –

Dry conditions are causing significant drops in the water levels in Kansas lakes.

The drought in many respects is more severe than the droughts of the 1930s and 1950s.

Space Events

Dozens of bright objects will streak across the sky each hour between dusk Thursday and dawn Friday as the annual Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak.


The northeast of Brazil is going through the worst drought in nearly 50 years. The cattle industry is particularly hard hit with almost 50 % of herds dying of starvation in some districts.



30 people die when aircraft crashes at Brazzaville airport, Congo (Braxxaville).

At least seven people were feared dead after part of a highway tunnel collapsed Sunday in eastern Japan, trapping them in their vehicles and starting a fire that filled the tunnel with thick, black smoke.


Mississippi River barge traffic in the US is slowing as the worst drought in five decades combines with a seasonal dry period to push water levels to a near-record low, prompting shippers to seek alternatives. River vessels are cutting loads in an attempt to remain in business while they seek White House aid to keep the river open.

Space Events

The sun unleashed a monster eruption of super-hot plasma Friday, Nov. 16, in back-to-back solar storms. The solar eruption does not appear to be aimed at Earth, so will likely have little effect on our planet.


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Space Events

The Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak during the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 17-20.

Leonids are spawned by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. Every 33 years, it rounds the Sun and then goes back to the outer solar system. On each passage across Earth’s orbit, Tempel-Tuttle lays down another trail of debris.

To see the Leonids, lie outside in a dark place between midnight and dawn. Point your feet east and look carefully.


A train collided with a school bus in southern Egypt. So far, there have been 47 people (mostly children) killed and 13 others injured.


Drought in Tanzania is driving the youth to the cities. Changing weather patterns in Tanzania have caused a rising wave of migration from rural to urban areas, with thousands of youths flocking into Dar es Salaam, the largest city, in search of work.


A storm system that brought cold, wet weather to much of the United States last week helped ease drought in many states, but some areas that were most in need of moisture were missed.

The U.S. High Plains, which includes key farm states of Nebraska, South Dakota, and Kansas, saw slight improvement last week due to good precipitation. But three quarters of both Kansas and Nebraska continued to suffer from extreme or exceptional drought.

In South Dakota, extreme or worse drought still covers nearly 55 percent of the state.

The portion of the contiguous United States under “extreme” or “exceptional” drought – the two most dire classifications – improved to 18.30 percent from 19.36 percent.

The persistent drought continues to hinder growth of the new winter wheat crop in many U.S. Plains states.

Texas and Oklahoma, also key wheat growing states, continued to struggle with drought.

Wheat in Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado, and Oklahoma is struggling with more than 30 percent of it in each of those states rated poor to very poor, according to USDA.

In Texas, the drought deepened as the state was largely missed by the rain storms that swept through the Plains and Midwest. In contrast, most of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and western Tennessee measured widespread precipitation.