Archive | September 13, 2016

Flash flooding batters parts of UK as rest of nation boils on hottest day of the year

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Alert
While another added said: “Heatwave Manchester style. Three feet of water and flooded roads.” 
 
Lightning strikes have also been reported with West Midlands Fire Service called out to a number of houses hit by lightning this afternoon. 
 
Thunderstorms hit Devon and Cornwall as torrential rain struck both counties.
Roads have been flooded in Manchester
Roads have been flooded in Manchester
Earlier today, the Met Office said Heathrow and Kew Gardens recorded a temperature of 32.8C – marking the hottest September day since 1911, with another mini-autumn heatwave expected tomorrow.
 
The last time temperatures soared above 30C (86F) in September was in 2006 in Kew Gardens, which hit 30.5C (87F) on September 11, and the highest September temperature recorded was in 1906 when the mercury hit 35.6C (96.1F) in Bawtry, South Yorkshire.
 
Forecasters said the last time they saw September yielding the hottest day of the year was in 1991 on September 1 at Heathrow.
 
Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesman, said: “Temperatures in the South East have created the warmest September day in the UK since 1911.
 
“However, not all parts of the UK have been so warm. Parts of Scotland, such as Lossiemouth, and Northern Ireland have struggled to get beyond 14C.
 
“We are not likely to see a repeat on Wednesday as we expect temperatures to have peaked today. Toward the end of the week we will see temperatures cool down on Friday as fresher air from the Atlantic pushes across the UK.”
 
Health warnings were issued ahead of what is now confirmed as the hottest day of 2016, but yellow warnings of rain remain place for Northern England and South East Scotland.
 
The yellow warnings are valid until 11pm, with as much as 30mm of rain in some places.
 
Heavy thunderstorms caused chaos in Manchester as Brighton sizzled
Heavy thunderstorms caused chaos in Manchester as Brighton sizzled
 
The Met Office said: “A very warm and humid air mass is in place across much of the UK, with conditions marginal for thunderstorm development this afternoon as temperatures rise.
 
“Northern England and southeast Scotland are currently judged the most likely area to see scattered thundery downpours but even here many places will have no more than light rain.
 
“However, where storms do form, there is a lot of moisture and energy available, with the risk of more than 30mm of rain in around an hour, large hail and frequent lightning.”
Courtesy of express.co.uk

MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 21:15, 21:45 HRS UTC

**VERY URGENT**
  MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 21:15, 21:45 HRS UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE
***BE ALERT***
magnetogram-13-09-16-21-48-hrs-utc

MAGNITUDE 5.2 NEAR S. COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10006p8f#executive

Subject To Change

Depth: 78 km

Distances: 8 km E of Saitama, Japan / pop: 1,194,000 / local time: 19:12:27.5 2016-09-13
4 km NW of Koshigaya, Japan / pop: 318,000 / local time: 19:12:27.5 2016-09-13

Intensity Map

MAGNITUDE 3.5 SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIF. USA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=530393

Subject To Change

Depth: 5 km

Distances: 549 km NW of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,793,000 / local time: 00:50:22.1 2016-09-13
106 km SW of Sacramento, United States / pop: 467,000 / local time: 00:50:22.1 2016-09-13
6 km E of Oakland, United States / pop: 391,000 / local time: 00:50:22.1 2016-09-13
3 km SE of Piedmont, United States / pop: 10,700 / local time: 00:50:22.1 2016-09-13

 
Global viewRegional view

MAGNITUDE 4.6 SOUTHERN GREECE

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10006p7s#executive

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 222 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 09:14:50.7 2016-09-13
70 km SW of Pátra, Greece / pop: 164,000 / local time: 09:14:50.7 2016-09-13
23 km NW of Pýrgos, Greece / pop: 22,400 / local time: 09:14:50.7 2016-09-13
9 km SW of Savália, Greece / pop: 1,400 / local time: 09:14:50.7 2016-09-13

Intensity Map

YELLOWSTONE REGION MAGNITUDE 2.6 UTAH, USA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=530478

Subject To Change

Depth: 4 km

Distances: 574 km N of Phoenix, United States / pop: 1,446,000 / local time: 22:54:03.2 2016-09-12
246 km S of Salt Lake City, United States / pop: 187,000 / local time: 23:54:03.2 2016-09-12
38 km N of Beaver, United States / pop: 3,200 / local time: 23:54:03.2 2016-09-12

Global viewRegional view

YELLOWSTONE REGION MAGNITUDE 2.4 UTAH, USA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=530480

Subject To Change

Depth: 0 km

Distances: 704 km N of Phoenix, United States / pop: 1,446,000 / local time: 18:41:44.0 2016-09-12
154 km SE of Salt Lake City, United States / pop: 187,000 / local time: 19:41:44.0 2016-09-12
14 km NE of Price, United States / pop: 8,800 / local time: 19:41:44.0 2016-09-12

Global viewRegional view

Ash Emissions, Alert Level Raised To 3 At White Island Volcano In New Zealand

Ash plume from White Island today seen on Nasa’s Suomi NPP satellite
A small eruption occurred this morning from the volcano. Weak ash emissions were seen from the vent of the volcano’s 2012 lava dome in the central crater; the alert level was raised from 1 (green) to 3 (orange)
 
The eruption consisted in a phase of passive (without significant explosions) ash venting starting at about 11:50 local time. The activity produced a whitish-gray plume of fine ash that rose a few hundred meters and was blown by strong winds to the east where it formed a narrow plume several tens of kilometers long.
Ash plume seen from the north (image: GeoNet)
In its latest bulletin, GeoNet states that “there has been no escalation in the level of activity at White Island since late morning. Seismic activity remains low on the island. Some of our cameras are now been affected by ash and steam, so we may not see much from them in the short term.” 
 
The level of volcanic activity was described as “very minor” and has not increased so far. Without specific information on the chemistry of the erupted ash it is impossible to be sure whether or likely not fresh magma is involved in the eruption. Most likely, the activity has been caused by destabilization (e.g. overheating) of parts of the shallow hydrothermal system with its circulating fluids (hot watery solutions, gasses) and is not necessarily a sign of new magma approaching the surface.
Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com