Australian officials battled a series of wildfires amid scorching temperatures across the country on Friday, with one blaze suspected of damaging or destroying dozens of buildings in the island state of Tasmania.
Flooding and “extreme” rain could become far more commonplace in the UK Photo: Rui Vieira/PA The total rainfall of 1330.7mm (52.38in) was just 6.6mm (0.25in) less than the wettest ever year, 2000, despite Britain experiencing a drought for the first three months of 2012. But the picture varied widely across the country, with 2012 being the wettest ever year in England,… Read more →
A giant wave lashes a popular promenade in Bombay, India. (AP Photo/Sherwin Crasto) Newly uncovered research reveals the United States and New Zealand tested a “tsunami bomb” during World War II, the Telegraph reports. The bomb reportedly uses underwater blasts to trigger massive tidal waves designed to destroy coastal cities. New Zealand author and filmmaker Ray Waru uncovered the top secret… Read more →
The U.S. Drought Monitor is unique, blending numeric measures of drought and experts’ best judgment into a single map every week. It started in 1999 as a federal, state, and academic partnership, growing out of a Western Governors’ Association initiative to provide timely and understandable scientific information on water supply and drought for policymakers. The Monitor is produced by a rotating group… Read more →
Year in wild weather: Vicious heat waves, wildfires, hurricanes and superstorms.
Sunset Beach, Calif., residents are attempting to protect themselves from the effects of an alignment of the Earth, moon and sun called a “King Tide.” KCAL-TV’s Juan Fernandez reports.
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake in the Banda Sea off Indonesia has been felt more than 600 kilometres away in Darwin. Geoscience Australia says there could be more aftershocks from the quake that shook the Top End of the Northern Territory overnight. Tremors were felt in Darwin and Katherine at about 2.30am local time. Overnight staff at the Darwin weather bureau… Read more →
(Reuters) – A strong quake centered off northeasternJapan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-meter tsunami in an area devastated by last year’s Fukushima disaster, but there were no reports of deaths or serious damage. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and thousands of coastal residents were ordered… Read more →
(Reuters) – Blocked roads and severed communications in the southern Philippines frustrated rescuers on Wednesday as teams searched for hundreds of people missing after the strongest typhoon this year killed at least 283 people. Typhoon Bopha, with central winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph), battered beach resorts and dive spots on… Read more →
(TheWeatherSpace.com) - An upswing in California earthquakes has some people questioning the health of the faultlines. Long Valley Caldera to Mammoth Mountain are swarming at the same time. Earthquakes are the normal in California, however within the last week an upswing in activity has been noted. The Long Valley Caldera is showing signs that magma is indeed moving down there. The Long… Read more →