British weather set to become more unsettled

British winters are becoming increasingly volatile due to extreme variations in pressure over the North Atlantic according to scientists from the University of Sheffield.The new research, published on September 9, 2014, in the International Journal of Climatology, shows that weather patterns over the UK have become distinctly more unstable, resulting in contrasting conditions from very mild, wet and stormy to extremely cold and snowy.Winter weather conditions are commonly defined using the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). The NAO is a south-north seesaw of barometric pressure variations over the North Atlantic which indicates the strength of westerly winds impinging on the UK shore and resulting weather patterns.When westerly winds are strong, known as a positive NAO phase, Britain… »

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Strong earthquake M6.2 registered off the coast of Modayag, Indonesia

A strong earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Modayag, Indonesia on September 10, 2014, at 02:46 UTC. USGS reports depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). Australia Geoscience is reporting preliminary magnitude of M6.6 at shallow depth of 12 km.According to USGS, epicenter was located 132 km (82 miles) SE of Modayag, 167 km (104 miles) S of Tondano and 180 km (112 miles) S of Bitung, Indonesia.There are no 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.Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster management agency, said there are no reports of damages or casualty.A total of 4 earthquakes was registered by USGS at the same location by… »

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