Historic rainfall records broken - Eastern U.S. deluge in numbers

In somewhat similar situation to major flooding in The Balkan Peninsula during May 2014 parts of American East experienced what some local officials call “unprecedented deluge” over the last couple of days when a slow-moving storm system dropped record breaking rainfall and caused historic flooding. Parts of New York state saw an entire summer’s worth of rain in just 12 hours.Detroit, MichiganAfter thunderstorms and historic rainfall on Monday, August 11, Detroit metro area and parts of southeast Michigan experienced one of the worst flooding in their history. The Weather Channel reported that “some of the heaviest rain came in the 6 p.m. hour, when 1.24 inches (31.4 mm) of rain fell at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in just 24 minutes, part of a r… »

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Marine mystery disease along Pacific Coast baffles scientists

Sea stars up and down the Pacific Coast are dying off in record numbers, and scientists say they can’t figure out what’s going on. Reports indicate that in some areas of Washington State, for instance, upwards of 80 percent of the sea star population has vanished, while other areas are reporting strange phenomena like sea star limbs falling off and literally walking away on their own — what one marine group coordinator likened to “an alien thing.”For the past several years, students, environmentalists, and even ordinary citizens have noticed a drastic increase in the number of gravely ill or dead sea stars littering the West Coast. One group that monitors sea life around Island County, Washington, says sea stars are increasingly succumbing to a mystery disease that some … »

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Increased volcanic activity observed at Bagana, New Guinea

A significant ash plume reaching 7.6 km (25 000 feet) has been observed on satellite imagery taken above Bagana volcano on August 12, 2014. Darwin VAAC reported ash drifting 167 km southwest and raised Aviation Color Code to Red. It was lowered to Orange on August 13.VolcanoDiscovery reports that it is still unknown what type of activity was producing the ash plumes. A thermal anomaly is visible on satellite imagery from August 11 (above) and 13 (below), suggesting that the volcano has entered a phase of significant lava dome growth that produces explosions and/or collapse events that result in ash plumes.Latest addition to GVP’s weekly volcanic activity report for this volcano was during the week of August 6 – 12, 2014:During 6-12 August, DMPGM reported i… »

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