Saturday, September 01, 2007 at 19:14:22 UTC
Location 24.788°N, 109.727°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region GULF OF CALIFORNIA
* 90 km (56 miles) NE (40°) from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
* 133 km (83 miles) SW (215°) from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
* 137 km (85 miles) SSW (204°) from Ahome, Sinaloa, Mexico
* 1116 km (694 miles) SE (139°) from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Hurricane Felix gathered strength Saturday and pounded Grenada with heavy rains and winds, snapping small boats loose from their moorings and toppling utility poles on its route toward the Caribbean island of Aruba.
The storm was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane Saturday evening, with sustained maximum winds near 75 mph. It was expected to strengthen even further as its outer bands started lashing the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao overnight. All three islands were under a hurricane watch.
Dozens of dead dolphins washing up along the Mediterranean coast have alerted environmentalists to a virus they fear will become an epidemic, El Mundo newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The region's striped dolphins, a protected species, are being infected with a virus which has not been identified and has so far killed several dozen animals along the coast and may spread, the report said, quoting environmental experts.
California's central and southern regions are baking in a late summer season heat wave that's knocked out power in some areas and left others sweltering in temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit this week.
A hot-air mass is settling over California's Central Valley, while moisture surging north will increase humidity, the National Weather Service in Hanford, California, said in a heat advisory posted earlier today. The heat index, a measure of temperature and humidity that represents how hot it feels, will remain above 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) through tomorrow before cooler air moves into the region, the service said.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for for the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Vincent, the Grenadines and Grenada. Felix also threatens Venezuela's northern coast.
At 4 a.m. CST, the center of Tropical Storm Felix was located about 30 miles northwest of Grenada.
The earth opened Wednesday night and gobbled up Rodrigo Coronado's bathroom.
On Thursday, it took his refrigerator.
It swallowed his furniture, clothing and 2-year-old son's toys. From time to time, it threatened to take more -- evident by the creaking walls.
U.S. space agency NASA has predicted more violent storms and tornadoes for the United States as the global warming continues to make the earth's climate warm.
The latest forecast was predicted by a new climate model developed at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies by researchers Tony Del Genio, Mao-Sung Yao and Jeff Jonas.
"The strongest thunderstorms, the strongest severe storms and tornadoes are likely to happen more often and be stronger," Associated Press quotes Del Genio as saying.
A tropical algae thriving on fertilisers from hotel golf courses and badly treated sewage is killing one of Costa Rica's most important coastal reefs, scientists say.
The green, feather-like algae is spreading along the reefs of Culebra Bay in Costa Rica's north-western Gulf of Papagayo, a popular scuba diving spot and home to a rare species of coral. The algae blocks the sunlight and suffocates the reefs.
Intense rain that destroyed roofs, walls and a dike in the Central Valley and Southern Zone Monday also broke national records, according to National Meteorological Institute (IMN) meteorologist Max Mena.
In the northern suburb of Tibás, about 80 millimeters of rain fell in one hour, at least 10 centimeters more than the national record, he said. The rest of the San José area as well as the Southern Zone also experienced rain so intense it turned some roads into muddy rivers, damaging homes and infrastructure.