Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 285 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 09 knots.

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France – Heavy rain and storms returned to southeast France on Sunday, with national weather agency Météo France placing the departments of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Drôme and Vaucluse on orange alert and Var and the Alpes-Maritimes on red alert for flood and thunderstorm risk. Torrential rain of “exceptional intensity” began in the early hours of Sunday throughout the Rhone Valley. The storm eventually drifted to the Alpine regions and western Provence by the morning and rainfall continued throughout much of Sunday. There have been reports of two deaths due to the floods, while a further three people died when a rescue helicopter went down.

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Environment

Record Temperature in South Africa

Vioolsdrif, a village in the Northern Cape, has broken a new record for the highest temperature in the country — reaching over 50 degrees Celsius. On Thursday, it reached a new record of 50.1°C and then it broke its own record again on Friday by reaching 53.2°C.

There was an upper high weather system situated over the area that resulted in an increase of temperatures, which is the reason we had a heatwave condition in parts of SA. Planet Earth and Storm Report SA reported that the temperature recorded at the Viooldrif weather station is now the highest yet recorded anywhere in Africa in the modern era.

Disease

Measles – Samoa

In an update on the measles epidemic in Samoa, health officials reported an additional 198 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the outbreak total to 3,728 measles cases since early September. In addition, during the same 24 hours, tragically five more measles related deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 53.

Hepatitis A – Indonesia

The Depok administration in West Java has declared an emergency following a hepatitis A outbreak in the city that has affected dozens of students and teachers, prompting authorities to impose health measures for treatment and efforts to prevent the disease from spreading.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.5 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.4 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.3 earthquake hits the Chagas Archipelago.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 516 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 14 knots.

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Arizona, USA – Three tornadoes touched down in metro Phoenix early Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Although they were estimated to be weak tornadoes, the agency said each caused damage ranging from downed trees and power poles to damaged roofs. Two of three children who were swept away in floodwaters were found dead. The search for the third child in ongoing.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters have worked through the night to battle an out-of-control bushfire that had threatened Braidwood east of Canberra late on Friday night. The fire in Tallaganda National Park, which was started by lightning on Tuesday, covered more than 19,000 hectares on the latest RFS estimate at 2am yesterday.

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This is the heartbreaking moment a kangaroo is almost burned to death after it was caught in a wire fence fleeing a bushfire.

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Disease

Dengue Fever – Bangladesh

The number of dengue fever cases in Bangladesh has crossed the 100,000 case threshold in 2019 on Friday, according to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR). From the beginning of the year through November 29, Bangladesh officials report 100,021 and at least 121 deaths.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits western Iran.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 834 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

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California, USA – Unexpected rainfall drenched parts of California, where heavy flooding swept away cars, damaged homes and caused numerous roadways to close as heavy snowfall blanketed parts of the country. Two weather systems are making it difficult for holiday travelers to safely get to their destination, with the first being a downpour of rain affecting western states. The bomb cyclone, a type of rapidly strengthening storm, has caused warning advisories to affect parts of every western state from Arizona to Montana. The heavy storm hit residents on Thanksgiving Day and has resulted in record rainfall in more than half a dozen cities in Southern California. Torrential downpours battered areas like San Diego, where flash floods swept away cars.

Brazil – Heavy rain in Salvador de Bahia City (Bahia State, north-eastern Brazil) has caused floods and landslides. According to media reports, 300 people have been displaced as a result, with widespread damage sustained to roads and more than 100 houses. 170 mm of rain fell in 3 hours during the morning of 26 November, while the monthly average for November is 100mm.

Disease

Ebola – DR Congo

Six new confirmed cases were reported between 20 to 26 November in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

Dengue Fever – Spain

On 6 November 2019, the Spanish authorities reported a likely sexual transmission of dengue between two men who have sex with men (MSM) in the municipality of Madrid in central Spain.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits Myanmar.

5.1 earthquake hits the Adriatic Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits Guam.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 964 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Kenya – Heavy rains in Kenya unleashed a deluge that killed five people overnight in the Rift Valley, raising the death toll from weekend flooding to 65. The torrential rain is uncommon for this time of year. Parts of the country could continue to face destructive flooding this week.

California, USA – A winter-like storm led to at least one death on Thanksgiving Day, closed numerous roadways and left officials warning of waterspouts, floods, hail, lightning and rip currents. Two important highways — the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine and the 15 Freeway between the Inland Empire and Las Vegas — were closed, reopened and closed again Thursday as snow would fall, be plowed aside and then accumulate again. Heavy snowfall was reported late Thursday.

Wildlife

Chimp Attacks

Chimpanzees have begun attacking children in western Uganda during recent years in a shocking trend that has resulted in serious injuries and deaths.

A highly publicized and gruesome attack in 2014 saw a chimp savage a 2-year-old child after snatching it from its mother. At least three more fatal attacks on infants have occurred since then, accompanied by a half-dozen other attacks that resulted in injuries or narrow escapes.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority points to the destruction of the chimps’ forest habit outside of protected areas to grow crops. It says this is sending the primates into villages in search of food, leading to the attacks.

Light Pollution

A new scientific review points to light pollution as a major contributor to the “insect apocalypse” decimating many species.

An earlier study this year blamed pesticide use, habitat destruction and climate change for the loss of nearly half of the planet’s insects since 1970.

But writing in the journal Biological Conservation, an international team of experts says artificial light is disrupting insect reproduction and navigation, as well as drawing insects to untimely deaths.

“Artificial light at night is human-caused lighting – ranging from streetlights to gas flares from oil extraction. It can affect insects in pretty much every imaginable part of their lives,” said senior author Brett Seymoure.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 116 degrees Fahrenheit (46.1 degrees Celsius) in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 65.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 48.3 degrees Celsius) at Verkhoyansk, Siberia.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.