Massive storm systems formed on planet Uranus

As hurricanes threaten the Aloha State, astronomers working at W. M. Keck Observatory on the island of Hawaii were surprised by the appearance of gigantic swirling storm systems on the distant planet Uranus.During the Voyager encounter with Uranus in 1986, only a scant handful of dim clouds were seen in its atmosphere. When the planet approached equinox in 2007 (i.e., when the Sun stood high above its equator), large storms developed on the planet, yet most of these faded.In the past few days, however, astronomers were surprised by a multitude of bright storms on the planet, including one monstrous feature.“We are always anxious to see that first image of the night of any planet or satellite, as we never know what it might have in store for us,” said Imke de Pater, professor at… »

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Major lava flow started at Stromboli volcano, Italy

A major lava flow started today, August 7, 2014, at Stromboli volcano, Italy. A new vent opened at 05:16 UTC at the NE base of Sciara del Fuoco scarp, lava quickly covered the entire plateau and descended.INGV Catania reports that in a short time lava flows reached the sea in several fronts. The activity was accompanied by numerous landslides.#stromboli #eolie #eruzione #live pic.twitter.com/x33QoVsAvJ— Alessandro (@il_Bongiorno) August 7, 2014Different from the overflows during July and yesterday evening, this time, the northern side of the NE crater was affected. First, it seems that a significant collapse occurred, accompanying the opening of a new effusive located at the northern base or flank of the NE crater. How much of the crater itself was affected is difficul… »

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Typhoon "Halong" approaching mainland Japan

Typhoon “Halong”, which recently became the third Super Typhoon of 2014 in the Western Pacific basin, has lost its strength and is now the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane on Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale. However, it will gain additional strength on its track toward mainland Japan. It is expected to make landfall on Saturday, August 9, with maximum sustained winds near 85 knots (97 mph, 157 km/h – equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane).Halong passed directly over the remote Japanese subtropical island of Minami-Daitojima today with maximum sustained surface winds of approximately 65 knots (74 mph, 120 km/h). The islands also reported a minimum central pressure of 954.3 millibars.Halong will continue moving north-northeast and will pass eas… »

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Double trouble - Hawaii braces for hurricanes "Iselle" and "Julio"

NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Hawaii and Maui Counties in Hawaii on August 6 at 12:00 UTC as hurricanes “Iselle” and “Julio” continued on their path toward the islands. Weather officials said Iselle isn’t weakening as previously predicted. Hurricane “Iselle” reached Category 4 status on Monday before it weakened to a Category 1, but then gained some strength again on Wednesday.When Iselle makes landfall Thursday night it will be Hawaii’s first direct hit in 22 years!According to latest warning issued by JTWC at 10:00 UTC today, Hurricane “Iselle” was located approximately 401 nautical miles (461 miles, 740 km) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawai… »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Reactor Vessel Failure Preceded Explosion

As part of TEPCO’s admission that 100% of the unit 3 core has melted and left the reactor vessel, they included this new information seen in the graph below. The graph shows the times of events related to the melted fuel. TEPCO now estimates the reactor vessel failed just after about 7 am on March 14th. The pedestal line shows a very rapid shift from the reactor vessel to the pedestal. Not the gradual transition seen between the core and the lower plenum. It also shows between about 6 am on March 14th and 1 pm on March 14th that the molten fuel mass significantly migrated from the pedestal to the drywell of the containment structure. This transition activity from reactor vessel, to pedestal to drywell happened over a 7 hour time frame. As shown, a portion of the melted fuel remained in the pedestal, the majority of the fuel …

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