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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.3 - 19km SW of Juan Rodriguez Clara, Mexico

Juan Rodriguez Quake_290714
© USGS
Event Time
2014-07-29 10:46:15 UTC
2014-07-29 05:46:15 UTC-05:00 at epicenter

Location
17.842°N 95.524°W depth=95.1km (59.1mi)

Nearby Cities
19km (12mi) SW of Juan Rodriguez Clara, Mexico
60km (37mi) W of Sayula de Aleman, Mexico
62km (39mi) SSE of Carlos A. Carrillo, Mexico
65km (40mi) W of Acayucan, Mexico
418km (260mi) ESE of Mexico City, Mexico

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Cloud Precipitation

Dramatic film of flash flooding in Prague

A dramatic video has emerged of flash flooding in Prague on Monday which was caused by heavy rainfall.

According an eyewitness, flood waters washed away street signs and road barriers and Metro station was also flooded.

So far there have been no reports of injuries.



Comment: As can be seen from the chart below, the number of flood reports so far this year is already nearly equal to the total for 2013.



Windsock

At least three tornadoes seen in the Denver metro area

© Megan Wagner
Tornado spotted Monday
At least three tornadoes touched down in the Denver metro area Monday afternoon. Confirmed twisters touched down near Fort Lupton, Denver International Airport and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

Sky9 captured a tornado touch down briefly in the Weld County area. Viewer-submitted video showed a tornado near Fort Lupton. Weld County authorities said there were no signs of damage.

Two tornadoes were spotted near DIA, according to the airport's Twitter account. Airport passengers were proactively sheltered until the danger passed. RTD put all SkyRide buses from DIA on hold.

A debris field was spotted near Havana Street and East 51st Avenue. Sk9 flew over the scene and found damage to an industrial business.

There were no reports of injuries.


Cloud Precipitation

West Michigan slammed by golf ball sized hail

Several communities in west Michigan are cleaning up after getting slammed by high winds and golf ball sized hail.

The strong thunderstorm cut a path of destruction along the border of Kalamazoo and Allegan Counties.

Neighbors tell us there hasn't been a hail storm like this in decades.

Sunday night, the sky opened up and Mother Nature showed her wrath.

"It sounded like somebody was throwing golf balls at the house," said Kathy Porter of Cooper Township.

WWMT.com and our social media sites were soon flooded with pictures and videos of the huge hail.

"There was hail everywhere on the back porch, about two inches deep. Hail everywhere out there," said Denise Julien of Alamo Township.

Sun

Japan sizzles as heat persists after hottest day of 2014 leaves 11 dead

Japan heat wave
© Toru Yamanaka/AFP
Children enjoy bathing in the fountain at a park in Tokyo on July 26, 2014.
The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of extreme heat today in Tokyo and other areas after local media reported 11 people died and almost 1,900 were hospitalized yesterday on the country's hottest day this year.

A quarter of the agency's 927 observation stations recorded 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher yesterday, the most so far this year, the Mainichi newspaper reported. Today's highest temperature reached 38.8 Celsius in Otsuki city, 75 kilometers (46 miles) west of Tokyo, as of 12:31 p.m., the agency's website showed.

Fifteen of those taken to hospitals yesterday suffering from the heat remained seriously ill, the Yomiuri newspaper reported today. Yesterday's high was 38.8 Celsius, in the central Japanese city of Higashiomi, a record for the location, according to agency data stretching back to 1978. Four of 10 of the hottest locations yesterday set record highs.
Cloud Lightning

First recorded tornado in Suffolk county north of Boston in over 64 years

Revere tornado
© David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe
Storm damage in Revere, Mass. on July 28, 2014
Extreme weather rolled into the North of Boston region on Monday morning, spawning a tornado that ripped off roofs, uprooted trees, and shattered windows in the coastal community. Officials estimate 100-150 structures have been damaged, including 65 buildings that received substantial damage as well 13 that are uninhabitable. The damage was limited largely to residential roofs and windows on seven or eight streets, with no reported serious injuries.

"It's a work in progress, but I'm very confident that with the help of everyone involved... we're gonna get through this just fine," Mayor Rizzo said at a press conference late Monday afternoon.

The National Weather Service confirms the tornado had a path length of two mile and width of 3/8 of a mile with most winds on the EF-1 scale, however, EF-2 damage was reported in the vicinity of Revere Beach Parkway and the tornado will be classified as such. Maximum wind gusts were estimated between 100 and 120mph.

Cloud Precipitation

Violent hailstorm causes head injuries in southern Siberia

© www.04.mchs.gov.ru
Temperatures in Moscow may be scorching this week, but in southern Siberia the weather has proven to be a whole lot chillier - and destructive.

At least seven people suffered serious head injuries after walls of hail the size of golf balls rained down on residents in the Altai Republic, the local branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry said Tuesday.

About 3,000 buildings and countless cars were damaged in the downpour, which shattered an estimated 1,600 square meters of glass, the ministry said in a statement.

A video uploaded to YouTube attests to the size of the hail, which fell Monday in the region's Maiminsky and Gorno-Altai districts.


Snowflake

Prepare for the Ice Age: Weather goes crazy in Siberia - with record high temperatures, then July snow

Winter comes to summer including freak hailstorms, mega-flooding but also wild fires.
© Sergey Repin
While it was hot in Kemerovo, our remarkable picture shows the giant hailstones that thudded down on the mountainous region. This came a day after an extraordinary hailstorm at the main river beach in Novosibirsk, Siberia's largest city.
Thermometers have been yo-yoing in July as Siberia copes with weather extremes that have seen record-breaking summer temperatures in major cities. Despite this, freak hailstones larger than hen eggs hit Kemerovo while a beach and park in Novosibirsk was left with an icy sheen of white, like in winter.

In Chelyabinsk region on the western fringe of Siberia, snow fell giving a ground cover of up to an unprecedented ten centimetres in the southern Urals.

In Magadan, in the extreme east, three months of rain fell in a day and a half, with locals water skiing along highways.

Last month, Yakutsk - capital of Siberia's coldest republic, Sakha, also known as Yakutia, recorded its highest-ever 21 June temperature of 35C.
Music

Cosmic music: 'Whistling' volcanic lightning heard halfway around the world


© Credit: Claire Antel
A spectrogram of whistlers recorded in Dunedin, New Zealand.

The Earth sings every day, with an electric chorus. With the right tuning, radios can eavesdrop on this sizzling symphony of crackles, pops and whistles - the melody of millions of lightning bolts. A listener in New Zealand can even hear a volcano in Alaska erupt, a new study reports.

Lightning strikes unleash intense bursts of visible light and very-low-frequency (VLF) radio waves, among other kinds of energy. With a VLF receiver, anyone can listen to the constant chatter of Earth's lightning, estimated at 8 million strikes every day. (Not every lightning bolt becomes a whistler.)


A worldwide listening network is tuned to one particular lightning sound, called whistlers. These eerie electronic signals supposedly got their name from soldiers, who compared the sound to falling grenades. Modern ears might liken whistlers to a video game's "pew-pew-pew" soundtrack. [Listen to the Volcanic Whistling]

Whistlers are pulses of VLF radio energy that have traveled into space, leaping from one side of Earth to the other along the planet's magnetic field lines. Scientists monitor whistlers because the beautiful noise tells them about the planet's protective bubble of charged particles, called the plasmasphere. Whistlers on Venus and Jupiter suggest lightning also crackles on other planets.

Now, however, researchers have also linked a flurry of whistlers detected in Dunedin, New Zealand, to processes deep inside the Earth. For the first time, scientists have connected whistlers to volcanic lightning, according to a study published July 2 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

"I think it's really cool," said Jacob Bortnik, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study. "We're establishing a new connection between deep Earth and space."

Comment: For "good, up-to-the-minute knowledge of what's going on in space" [and earth] the team should read Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk's new book, which offers plenty of explanations from the winning Electric Universe model. By demystifying phenomena such as how lightning, earthquakes and meteors generate electrophonic sounds, through disruptions of the geomagnetic field and the emissions of VLF, these and many other not commonly acknowledged interactions of our plasma rich universe are objectively explained.

Cloud Lightning

Flash floods and storms cause travel chaos in London

© @clashboy23
Ankle deep: commuters remove shoes and trudge through the rain water at Ruislip Manor Station
Firefighters have rescued people trapped in their homes and cars following flash flooding in west London this morning.

The Met Office recorded more than 42.6mm of rainfall in Northolt at 8am, causing train stations and roads to be closed off in the Hillingdon area.

In some areas, more than two weeks' worth of rain fell in an hour.

Fire crews rescued two women who became stuck in a car engulfed in floodwater close to South Ruislip Station. The women escaped uninjured but they were forced to leave the car in situ.

50 properties were reported to have been flooded on Bedford Road in Ruislip. Tube lines were also hit with the Metropolitan Line suspended between Ruislip and Rayners Lane.

The A40 Western Avenue in Uxbridge was closed because of flooding and the AA's Special Operations Response Team said six cars were stuck in floodwater in the surrounding area.

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