Typhoon Rammasun to make landfall in Philippines

As expected, Tropical Storm Rammasun intensified on the track to the Philippines and became Typhoon Rammasun during July 14, 2014. The Philippines are bracing for the impact of first typhoon since the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. According to JTWC, the system is moving westward at speed of 24 km/h (15 mph). At 21:00 UTC on July 14, 2014 maximum sustained winds were 150 km/h (92 mph) with gusts up to 185 km/h (115 mph). MTSAT-2 IR satellite image of Typhoon Rammasun at 07:30 UTC on July 14, 2014. (Credit: NOAA/MTSAT)MTSAT RBTOP Ir satellite image taken at 21:32 UTC on July 14, 2014. (Credit: NOAA/MTSAT)PAGASA, the national weather agency in the Philippines, has named the storm “Glenda”. PAGASA expects the… »

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Stanford study finds order in the apparent randomness of Earth's evolving landscape

Stanford Earth scientists used newly developed mathematical tools to analyze landscapes formed by water and other processes, and in doing so challenged 50 years of research on landscape evolution. The new techniques allow scientists to better understand the signatures of erosion on Earth and perhaps on other planets.As we all know, water runs downhill, forming channels and branched networks as it flows. It’s been that way forever. But, believe it or not, scientists’ understanding of these networks hasn’t changed much in the last century. Even modern techniques developed and employed since the 1960s cannot easily distinguish between channel networks generated randomly inside a computer and images of channels formed in the real world.But work by Stanford School of Earth Sciences … »

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Study reveals economic impact of El Niño

El Niño has a significant impact on the world and local economies – and not always for the worst – and countries should plan ahead to mitigate its effects, according to a new Working Paper from the University of Cambridge.The paper, Fair weather or foul: the macroeconomic effects of El Niño, by Dr Kamiar Mohaddes of Cambridge’s Faculty of Economics and Paul Cashin and Mehdi Raissi of the International Monetary Fund comes as the Australian Bureau of Meteorology says there is at least a 70% chance of an El Nino weather event developing in 2014.El Niño is a band of above-average ocean surface temperatures that periodically develops off the Pacific coast of South America, and causes major climatological changes around the world. The last one was in 2009/2010.El Ni… »

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Another outbreak of noctilucent clouds over Europe

The weekend of July 12 – 13 brought another outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) to Europe, SpaceWeather reports. Across the northern reaches of the continent, skies were criss-crossed by signature ripples of electric blue, like these photographed by Jaan Jalgratas of Tartu, Estonia:Taken by Jaan Jalgratas on July 12, 2014 @ Tartu, Estonia (via SpaceWeather)”The display was very bright and it extended at least 35 degrees above the horizon,” says Jalgratas. “It was my best sighting ever.”SpaceWeather explains, “The natural habitat of noctilucent clouds is the Arctic Circle. In recent years, however, they have spread to lower latitudes with sightings as far south as Utah and Colorado. This will likely happen in 2014 as well. Observing tips: … »

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Coldest June since measurements began in Adélie Land, Antarctica

Meteo-France is reporting an unusually cold month of June at their station base Dumont d’Urville located in Adélie Land (Terre Adélie), Antarctica. They recorded an average temperature of -22.4° C throughout June, which is 6.6° C lower than normal temperature for the period from 1981 – 2010.This makes June 2014 the coldest June since measurements began in 1956, and the second coldest month of all months combined (after September 1958 with -23.5° C). The daily temperature for June was also beaten with -34.9° C recorded, previous record was -33.4° C.Two other elements make June an unusual month there. Although the region is accustomed to strong winds, June was particularly low. The average was less t… »

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TEPCO Contaminated Nearby Town During Unit 3 Demolition

TEPCO has admitted to re-contaminating the area around Minamisoma after being confronted by the agriculture ministry. Rice in Minamisoma was found to be over the government radiation limit of 100 bq/kg. Upon further inspection the ministry found it was the outside of the rice plants that had the most contamination rather than the rice kernel itself. This indicated contamination fell on the plants rather than being taken up from the soil.
Now TEPCO is admitting on August 19th of last year they knew that demolition work at unit 3 caused highly contaminated dust to blow north of the plant. Asahi Shimbun cites some test growing inside the evacuation zone also saw higher than expected contamination rates.
This date of the known contamination release coincides with a day where workers at the plant were contaminated. At the time TEPCO blamed a cool spray system to keep workers from overheating at a bus stop …

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hit off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines

A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.4 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines, on July 14, 2014, at 07:59 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 22.5 km (14 miles).Epicenter was located 83 km (52 miles) SSE of Pondaguitan and 101 km (63 miles) ESE of Caburan, Philippines.There are 17 177 people living within 100 km radius.USGS issued green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake resistant construction.Population exposurePopulation per ˜1 sq. km. from LandScanSelected cities exposedfrom GeoNames Database of Cities with 1,000 or more residents. MMI City P… »

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Unit 5 Fukushima Remains On Shared Cooling, No Repair Stated; July 14, 2014

TEPCO again has posted no information about the needed repair of the spent fuel pool cooling system on unit 5 again today. The reactor and pool remain on shared cooling using the RHR system. While this is keeping both within safe temperatures it is not a situation that should become permanent. Graphs below from hourly data feeds.

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