Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Epic Sandstorm Suffocates Middle East – For the third day in a row, the Middle East awoke to the wind whipping and sand flying. A massive dust belt is moving from the Sahara Desert all the way up to Turkey.

Peru – Heavy rains cause flooding in more than 100 homes in Lima’s eastern districts. Mudslides destroyed buildings in Lima on Monday after rivers burst their banks. Six houses collapsed and 96 were seriously damaged after strong rains caused flooding in the capital’s eastern Chaclacayo and Luriganco-Chosica districts. Earth covered a 2.5-mile (4-kilometre) tract of a main highway to the Andean country’s central regions for three hours, while areas lost power.

Wildlife

Northwest Seabirds Pitted Against Endangered Fish Species

Two sets of conservationists in the western United States are at odds over plans to kill 11,000 double-crested cormorants on Oregon’s East Sand Island to protect endangered juvenile salmon and steelhead trout from the Columbia River.

The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to cull the live birds with shotguns and pour oil on the nests of about 26,000 birds to prevent their eggs from hatching.

The move has drawn criticism from the Audubon Society of Portland and Care2.

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission counters that it’s hard enough for the fish to make it through a network of dams on the river without being eaten up by a large number of cormorants at the river’s mouth.

“This is a difficult situation,” said Corps spokeswoman Diana Fredlund. “We are trying to balance the salmon and steelhead versus the birds.”

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Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 116.1 degrees Fahrenheit (46.7 degrees Celsius) at Mandora, Western Australia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 69.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 56.1 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Siberian community of Kyusyur.

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.

Disease

Human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus – China

On 9 February 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 1 laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): The volcano has been more active during the past days, with frequent, sometimes intense strombolian activity visible from neighboring islands. Small ash plumes rose to 6,000 ft (1.8 km) altitude.

Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): The eruption continues with an active viscous lava flow on the upper western flank. Occasional explosions such as this morning produce ash plume that rise to 3-4 km altitude, i.e. 1.5-2 km above the volcano.

Dukono (Halmahera): An ash plume to 12,000 ft (3.6 km) altitude was emitted this morning and observed on satellite data extending 35 km to the south (VAAC Darwin).