Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.

5.6 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

5.5 earthquake hits Northern California.

5.1 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits east of the Kuril Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Algeria.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits south of Bali, Indonesia.

5.6 earthquake hits Wasatch Front Urban area, Utah, USA.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Northern California.

5.0 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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California, USA – Rain drenched portions of Southern California on Thursday, resulting in slick roads and long commutes as well as flash flood warnings and advisories across the region. Communities in southwestern San Bernardino County and northern Riverside and Orange Counties received some of the heaviest rainfall.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits offshore Northern California.

5.2 earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Azores.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Northern California.

5.0 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Australia’s state hardest-hit by the massive wildfires that raged for months is now blaze-free for the first time in more than 240 days.

Wildfires – California

A quickly moving wildfire burned 175 acres in Norco Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of 1,500 residents and threatening an estimated 500 homes, according to Cal Fire.

Global Warming

California’s Snowpack Shrivels

As the comparison of satellite images above shows, last year at this time California’s Sierra Nevada range was buried in snow. And even as recently as January of this year, snowpack was looking pretty good.

But since then, the jet stream has ferried storms north of California, causing the snowpack to shrivel — from about 150 percent of average last February down to just a little more than 50 percent now.

Although the Sierra Nevada covers just a quarter of California, the range provides 60 percent of the state’s fresh water, serving 23 million people. The water also is vital to the state’s agricultural production, which supplies more than a third of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts consumed in the United States.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 earthquake hits the Gulf of California.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 30w (Phanfone), located approximately 384 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

NewsBytes:

California, USA – A strong winter storm dumped heavy rain across Southern California on Monday, flooding roads and snarling traffic with a series of crashes, and bringing down several trees. Monday’s storm also dusted Southern California mountains with fresh snow. Wrightwood picked up 7 inches of powder Monday, with snow continuing throughout the day.

Sri Lanka – Ongoing monsoon rains have affected 64,608 people (18,840 families), with two persons reported dead, 62 houses fully damaged and 1,463 houses partially damaged. 17,766 people (5,255 families) have been evacuated to the 133 locations set up to assist people displaced. Intense rainfall from the north-eastern monsoon has led to an overflow of most of the water reservoirs and tanks in East, North, North-central and North-western provinces, triggering floods in several villages and affecting over 30,000 individuals.

Florida, USA – Floodwaters shut down Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for several hours Monday, blocking access to the passenger terminals on one of the busiest travel days of the year and paralyzing major streets up and down Southeast Broward. The airport eventually reopened before 7 a.m., but not before more than 100 flights were delayed for many eager to get to their holiday destinations. Severely flooded streets in the area followed a beat-down of heavy rain from midnight into the early morning hours.

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.

NewsBytes:

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.

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.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

More thunderstorms have rolled in across NSW bringing with them lightning strikes and the concerns they may have sparked more bushfires. Aircraft on Monday were kept busy searching for new bushfires from lightning strikes during thunderstorms at the weekend as firefighters continuing to battle dozens of blazes across the state.

More than 80 fires were burning at 7pm on Monday, 50 of them uncontained. More than 1300 firefighters remain in the field across NSW.

Wildfires – California

A new wildfire has been blazing near Santa Barbara ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Cave Fire quickly burned through 4,367 acres since it started Monday afternoon—and it remains 10% contained as of Tuesday evening, according to Cal Fire. Approximately 600 firefighters have been assigned and evacuation orders have been issued for more than 2,280 residents, while still other areas are under evacuation warning.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

As of late Friday, about 10,800 people were under mandatory evacuation orders in Ventura County after a wildfire began late Thursday before quickly spreading overnight. The Maria Fire is the latest addition to California’s busy 2019 fire season. The fire started on Thursday at 6:14 p.m. local time affecting 750 acres within an hour. It spread overnight to encompass more than 9,000 acres. About 1,300 firefighters are on hand.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

A fresh spate of Southern California wildfires roared to life on Thursday, destroying homes and forcing evacuations, as the region faced a second day of explosively fierce Santa Ana winds that have fanned flames, displacing thousands of residents. The most destructive among several new wind-driven blazes in the region erupted hours before dawn on the rugged slopes of the San Bernardino National Forest above the city of San Bernardino, barreling downhill into the north end of town.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

The race to stop an inferno torching the Los Angeles area has gotten more dangerous as furious winds — some as strong as in a hurricane — stoke the flames. Gusts of up to 70 mph will fuel the Getty Fire through Thursday, threatening more than 7,000 homes, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. And that’s just one of at least 10 wildfires burning across California.

The newly formed Easy Fire quickly consumed 1,300 acres in Ventura County, officials said. It threatened 6,500 homes and forced school closures and evacuations.

About 26,000 people were forced from their homes by the Simi Valley fire. Power had been shut off in some areas, affecting almost a million people.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Authorities ordered at least 50,000 people to evacuate towns near a massive Northern California wildfire Saturday, and the state’s largest utility announced power shut-offs for an estimated 2.35 million people due to forecasts of severe winds and extreme fire danger. The entire communities of Healdsburg and Windsor were ordered to evacuate ahead of strong winds that could lead to erratic fire behavior near the blaze burning in wine country.