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 •  Grateful Oklahomans salvage belongings after killer storm 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday after the Plains' first tornado outbreak of 2015, expressing gratitude that casualties were low...
 

 •  Spring Allergies: Quick-Hitting, Intense Season in Store for East 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Though springlike weather has been slow to arrive for much of the Eastern United States, allergy sufferers may soon pay the price for winter's unhurried...
 

 •  The West Coast Is in Hot Water 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Move over polar bears. Are starving sea lion pups the new face of climate change? This year’s slew of hungry pups washing ashore in California, which has generated a slew of media coverage replete with heart-tugging images, has roots in natural temperature fluctuations in the ocean. But in the coming decades, human-induced warming could make these types of conditions more common. And sea lion pups are just the tip of a larger shift in the Pacific and the rest of the world’s oceans if human emissions continue to warm the planet. An underweight sea lion pup stranded on a California beach in February 2015. Credit: NOAA Fisheries West Coast/Flickr In recent weeks, emaciated young sea lions have been washing up on California beaches (though a few healthy ones have also shown up, including one who got to hang ten with a local surfer). Roughly 1,800 stranded pups have been found on California beaches through the first two-and-a-half months of 2015. That’s well above the 100 or so that usually turn up through the end of March and “at least as high as anything in the historical record,” according to Nate Mantua, a scientist at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif. In 2013 and 2014, large numbers of disheveled sea lion pups were also stranded on California’s beaches, though not at the same levels as this year. One of the main causes has been the unusual and in some cases, record setting — warm water off the West Coast of the U.S. and stretching all the way to the Gulf of Alaska. The warm water is less rich in nutrients and the types of microscopic organisms and fish upon which sea lions usually feed. That has forced sea lion moms and pups alike to forage further for food, a tiring proposition for young sea lions. While the sea lions have been the face of the recent intrusion of warm water, ecosystem disruptions are visible throughout the stretch of the eastern Pacific and Gulf of Alaska. Cold water copepods — small crustaceans at the base of the food chain — populations have dropped off sharply in the past year, while their warm water (less nutritious) brethren have shown up in huge quantities. Further up the food chain, skipjack tuna have turned up in Alaska, thousands of miles beyond their usual range and Mantua said, “sportfish like marlin — things people travel to fish for in Baja — they’re catching them for day trips in southern California.” Beyond the recent slew of strange sightings, Mantua warned that the impacts will linger over at least the next 2-3 years even if waters cool. He said juvenile salmon that have headed to sea are finding less hospitable waters, lowering their survival rates and reducing catches when they spawn back upriver. West Coast commercial fisheries, including Alaska, brought in $2.7 billion in 2013, roughly half of the U.S. total that year. All these species shifts are likely to have ripple effects on local coastal communities that rely on them for livelihoods. “Fisheries, they’ve already seen it,” Mantua said, though the exact economic impacts have yet to be quantified. The warm water in the eastern Pacific over the past two years is a harbinger of things to come for the region. Ocean temperatures have been rising around the world and are expected to keep warming, and the eastern Pacific could see the odd conditions of the past two years become commonplace by mid-century. Just how far-reaching the impacts will be and which species will adapt and which will fail to is something scientists are still trying to untangle. Monthly sea surface temperature anomalies. The red box outlines the origins of what Washington state climatologist Nick Bond has termed "the blob" of warm water. Credit: IRI Data Library The causes for the current eastern Pacific warm temperatures — what Washington state climatologist Nick Bond has coined "the blob" — are not fully known, but are most likely natural. The blob has spread across an expanse of water 1,000 miles across with above-normal water temperatures running from the surface to as deep as 300 feet. While human-induced warming is heating seas around the world, Bond said that’s not the main cause for this particular hot spot. “It’s mostly a fluke of climate variability,” Bond said. “At least part of it can be linked to deep convection in the far western tropical Pacific.” Mantua said the ridge that has kept California dry has also helped lock warm water into place and spread. There’s also a chance that the warmth could mark a shift to the positive phase of a climate pattern called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). That pattern is characterized by warm water along the West Coast, which would further hurt certain fisheries, particularly salmon in the Northwest. A positive PDO would also likely ramp up global temperatures. Yet the natural variations behind this warming have researchers like Bond and Mantua paying close attention to what happens to everything from humble plankton to large predators. “While the causes of the warm waters (today) are not the same as what the causes will be in the 2040s or 2050s, how it plays out in the ecosystems, how it works through the food chain, there may be some real parallels there,” Bond said. The Pacific Northwest has already shown a willingness and ability to adapt to ocean acidification, which threatened to destroy its oyster industry in the mid-2000s. Despite continuing high rates of acidification in the region, the risks its poses to livelihoods are relatively low compared other parts of the U.S. The connectedness of the ocean and climate also has scientists looking outside the region for clues of how the future will unfold. “We know the tropical ocean temperatures in the western Pacific and Indian Oceans have long-term sustained warming trends,” Mantua said, noting that these parts of the ocean will be first to see a global warming signal. “So are they starting to disrupt historical climate patterns because they’re going into new territory? That’s what people are looking at right now.”
 

 •  Gorgeous Satellite Image Reveals Galloping Antarctic Glacier 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

One of West Antarctica's largest glaciers surged a staggering 325 feet (about 100 meters) in less than two weeks this month, the European Space Agency...
 

 •  Heavy rains cause flooding in usually bone-dry Chile desert 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Communities in a desert region of northern Chile struggled Thursday to cope with rain-provoked flooding that has claimed the lives of at least seven people, knocked out power and cut off roadways.Thunderstorms with torrential rains moved into the Atacama desert region Tuesday, causing the Copiapo River to overflow its banks.Fears of mudslides prompted authorities to evacuate thousands from their homes.The flooding is "the worst rain disaster to fall on the north in 80 years," Deputy Interior Minister Mahmud Aleuy said Thursday.TV images showed brown, muddy waters flooding the streets...
 

 •  Deadliest tornadoes in US history 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

 

 •  60 Students Narrowly Escape Tornado in Sand Springs, OK 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Students at a dance class in Sand Springs, Oklahoma had to run to the basement as a tornado moved overhead.
 

 •  Volcán De Colima Erupts Twice in One Morning 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Volcán de Colima produced three eruptions on March 23, sending smoke plumes over 2,000 meters into the sky, according to Mexico’s state department for civil protection. The two eruptions shown in this video occurred in the morning, while the third was later in the day. Credit: YouTube/webcamsdemexico
 

 •  East to Ride Temperature Roller Coaster Through This Weekend 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

After a day likely to be the warmest since last fall in many locations of the East on Thursday, temperatures will take a big dip by the weekend. According...
 

 •  Visualizing More Than 80 Million Lightning Strikes 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

This super-stormy map shows just one month of worldwide electrical violence.
 

 •  A Chilly Spring Break 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

The Weather Channel correspondent Raegan Medgie met up with some college students from Iowa who are having a chilly spring break in the Big Apple.
 

 •  Get Amazing Views of the First-Quarter Moon This Week 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Beginning skywatchers often think that the best time to look at the moon is when it is full, but experienced observers know that the moon is at its best for observing when it is around its first-quarter phase. Light hits the moon obliquely, casting its surface relief into high contrast when the Earth's natural satellite is at its first quarter. Weather permitting, you can see this for yourself this week because the first quarter falls on Friday (March 27) at 3:43 a.m. EDT (0743 GMT). When you look at the moon with binoculars or a small telescope, the first thing you notice is that not all parts of the moon look the same. The surface divides itself into two main types: large level gray areas and smaller mountainous white areas. [Best Night Sky Events of March 2015 (Sky Maps)] Early moon observers thought the flat gray areas were seas, and named them accordingly. Nowadays we know that these are flat, airless, waterless plains, actually "seas" of cooled lava. They are the scars left by the impact of large asteroids during the early history of the moon. In some places, the lava has washed over and around smaller craters caused by earlier impacts. The white highlands do include many mountains, but their most distinctive feature is the hundreds of craters left by the impacts of smaller asteroids. The Earth is similarly scarred by asteroid impacts, but millions of years of erosion by wind and rain have left only a few vestiges of these scars. On the moon, the craters have survived unscathed for millions of years. The moon is the only cosmic object on which we can see a vast amount of surface detail. As a result, astronomers have given names to many of the thousands of surface features visible in even the smallest telescopes. The largest features on the moon are the seas already mentioned, and even one "ocean." These are known by their Latin names mare, plural maria, and oceanus. At first quarter, the most prominent maria are Mare Serenitatis (Sea of Serenity), Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquillity) and Mare Fecunditatis (Sea of Fecundity), which form a linked chain from north to south, and the Mare Crisium (Sea of Crises), which stands alone like a gigantic crater close to the limb (edge) of the moon. It is noticeable that the seas are mainly on the northern half of the moon's face, while the highlands are mostly on its southern half. The most common features on the moon's surface are craters. These come in many sizes, from more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) across, to tiny pits invisible even in the largest telescopes. The craters are so numerous that, when you examine the moon's surface at high magnifications with a good telescope, it appears pitted everywhere like a pumice stone. The largest craters on the moon are named after famous scientists, mostly astronomers. Many craters have high terraced walls and central peaks, similar to the Barringer Meteor Crater in northern Arizona. Others, typically the largest craters, have relatively flat, featureless floors, where lava has welled up and filled the center of the crater. [Best Binoculars of 2015] There are many mountains on the moon, some isolated peaks, such as are seen in the Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains), some conjoined in great mountain ranges. The surface of the maria and larger craters are sometimes disturbed by raised ridges, called dorsa, singular dorsum, and shallow grooves, or rilles, called rimae, singular rima. Most of these have names, too. There are well over a thousand named features on the moon's surface, and many amateur astronomers get pleasure from learning their names and origins. To this end, there are many atlases and books of maps available, and you can spend as much time learning the geography of the moon as you spend learning the constellations of stars. My favorite lunar map is the Sky & Telescope "Field Map of the Moon." This map, by distinguished Czech cartographer Antonín Rükl, covers the moon in four maps that are laminated in plastic and folded together. It is also available in a mirror-image edition for those using telescopes with diagonals. These maps contain enough detail to satisfy all but the most dedicated lunar observer, yet are in a very convenient format for use at the telescope. Many beginners are surprised at how bright the moon appears in a telescope. This brightness can be tamed by increasing the telescope's magnification, or by lighting the area where your telescope is located. I don't recommend the use of so-called "moon filters," as these are often of poor optical quality or give the moon an odd green color. Even when full, the moon is no brighter than a distant mountainside on Earth. I also don't recommend using the aperture caps supplied with some telescopes. The moon has such a wealth of detail that you want all the resolution your telescope is capable of. Even if you don't have a telescope, many of the larger features of the moon are visible in binoculars. Without any optical aid at all, you can see the patterns formed by gray maria and white highlands, the familiar shapes known as "the man in the moon," but also seen as different shapes by different cultures. With the unaided eye you can see more detail in the moon than a small telescope will show you on any of the planets. Editor's note: If you have an amazing skywatching photo of the moon or any other cosmic view you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, please contact managing editor Tariq Malik at spacephotos@space.com. This article was provided to Space.com by Simulation Curriculum, the leader in space science curriculum solutions and the makers of Starry Night and SkySafari. Follow Starry Night on Twitter @StarryNightEdu. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on Space.com. Night Sky: Visible Planets, Moon Phases & Events, March 2015 21 Most Marvelous Moon Missions of All Time Moon Master: An Easy Quiz for Lunatics Copyright 2015 SPACE.com, a Purch company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
 

 •  Drought-stricken California community close to running out of water 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

<p>More than 3,000 residents in the Sierra Nevada foothill community of Lake Don Pedro who rely on water from Lake McClure could potentially run out of water in the near future if the severe drought continues. Lake McClure is currently at 7 percent of its normal capacity and residents are under mandatory 50 percent water use restrictions.</p>
 

 •  Road swallows then spits out entire bus 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

A bus has been swept away by flood waters after it fell into a river in the tropical Para state in Brazil.
 

 •  Smaller Percentage of Americans Worry About Global Warming Now Than in 1989 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

(Bloomberg Politics) -- What, America worry? Despite decades worth of news reports detailing scientific studies warning that the earth's temperatures...
 

 •  What's causing these crazy swirls of color in the Yellow Sea? 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Water covers 71 percent of Earth's surface, giving rise to the nickname "the Blue Marble" or "the Blue Planet." Satellites that observe ocean color, however, show that it's not that simple. Materials in the water—living...
 

 •  Chile sends army into flood-hit region 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Chile sent in the army Wednesday to take control after heavy rains flooded towns across the northern region of Atacama, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency.
 

 •  Record heat to intensify California drought 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

The mercury will be on the rise across California through the rest of the week, challenging records across much of the state and helping to intensify the...
 

 •  Can a tornado blow straw into a tree? 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

There are a lot of tall tales surrounding tornadoes, some rooted in fact and others based on fiction. One popular story suggests that the strong winds of a tornado can blow a single piece of straw straight into a tree trunk. But how does this legend hold up in the real world?
 

 •  Living With Lava, a Slow Motion Disaster 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Residents in the town of Pahoa on Hawaii’s Big Island talk about what it’s like to live in the pathway of a very, very slow moving natural disaster.
 

 •  Massachusetts seeks disaster aid for snow 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Massachusetts will seek a federal disaster declaration for the record-setting snowstorms that wreaked havoc on the state and piled up what state officials estimate to be $400 million in snow removal costs and other damage,
 

 •  Analyzing A Tornado's Destructive Wind 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Tractor trailers are often the fallen victims of powerful tornadoes. Dr. Greg Forbes describes how a tornado's power can wreak havoc on our everyday world.
 

 •  A Hidden Consequence of California's Drought 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

With little water in the state's reservoirs, hydroelectricity is losing ground to natural gas—and there's a big price to pay.
 

 •  13 states most likely to see tornadoes 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Between 1993 and 2010, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration tracked the states that experienced major tornadoes, which in the world of tornado-watching are rated on a scale of F1 (minimum intensity) to F5 (maximum intensity). The U.S. sees an average of 37.5 big tornadoes every year — which cause devastating property damage and, often, loss of life — but big twisters don’t touch down everywhere, or every year. Still, some states are more likely to see a damaging twister yearly. These are the states that have the dubious distinction of getting an average of one to three F3-F5 tornadoes every year.
 

 •  Once in 18-year supertide turns Mont Saint-Michel into island 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

For 10,000 visitors, a supertide in France did not disappoint as it immersed the only connecting point of Mont Saint-Michel to shore. On Saturday, March...
 

 •  Spring in Syria 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Spring blossoms as Syria's war deepens.
 

 •  The Great Barrier Reef is under siege 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef may become irreparably damaged in the coming decades due to traumas caused by...
 

 •  Report says beetles don't make forests more likely to burn 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Mountain pine beetles have left vast tracts of dead, dry trees in the West, raising fears that they're more vulnerable to wildfire outbreaks, but a new study found no evidence that bug-infested forests are more likely to burn than healthy ones.In a paper released Monday, University of Colorado researchers said weather and terrain are bigger factors in determining whether a forest will burn than beetle invasions.The findings could...
 

 •  Walk Through The Belly Of A Tornado In Virtual Reality 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Moore Tornado Ks0stm/Wikimedia Commons CC SA by 3.0 The tornado that struck Moore, OK in May 2013 On May 20, 2013, a massive tornado slammed into Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people and leaving 353 injured, and causing nearly $2 billion in damage. The tornado was determined to be an EF5, the most destructive type of tornado on the Enhanced Fujita classification scale. Because tornadoes are so short lived (and also really destructive) it is difficult for scientists to get a good look inside these disasters. But now, researchers at Virginia Tech are able to walk inside a virtual reality version of the Moore tornado, seeing the disaster from all angles. The researchers built the visualization using radar data taken during the storm. While wearing an Oculus Rift headset, researchers can walk around inside a four-story tall theater on the Virginia Tech campus, transforming the room into the Moore, Oklahoma landscape. For the user, it's like walking into a giant weather map, with various rain clouds virtually scattered about the space and an immense funnel that darts about the room. The experience, which New Scientistposted on YouTube is more akin to CNN holograms than Twister; there are no flying cows, and rain clouds appear as big blobs of different colors, just as they would on your local weather forecast. Eventually, researchers hope that they can model storms using this technology in something close to real time--looking inside a storm as it develops. That way they can better predict how bad the tornado might be before it touches down. Virtual Reality Tornado New Scientist A view of the virtual reality simulation of the Moore tornado [New Scientist]
 

 •  Want an affordable earthquake warning system? Use animals, scientists say 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Incredible image of trucks driving across frozen lakes 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

In the farthest reaches of northwestern Canada, there are few people and fewer roads. The largest settlements tend to be gold or diamond mining towns. And while just about every one of them has an airstrip capable of handling large planes, the cost...
 

 •  Finding the Right Price for Water 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Economists say that the resource is currently too cheap, will dry conditions finally help give the issue the political clout necessary to charge more?
 

 •  Saturn's rings like you've never seen them, and other amazing space photos 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

 

 •  Stunning images from this week in weather 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

 

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 •  Currently: Mostly Clear: 16C 03/26/2015 04:31 PM

Currently in Dharamsala, IN: 16 °C and Mostly Clear
 

 •  3/27/2015 Forecast 03/26/2015 04:31 PM

High: 25 C Low: 12 C Nice and warm with sunshine
 

 •  3/28/2015 Forecast 03/26/2015 04:31 PM

High: 26 C Low: 13 C Warm with high clouds
 

 •  The AccuWeather.com RSS Center 03/26/2015 04:31 PM

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 •  Grateful Oklahomans salvage belongings after killer storm 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday after the Plains' first tornado outbreak of 2015, expressing gratitude that casualties were low...
 

 •  Spring Allergies: Quick-Hitting, Intense Season in Store for East 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Though springlike weather has been slow to arrive for much of the Eastern United States, allergy sufferers may soon pay the price for winter's unhurried...
 

 •  The West Coast Is in Hot Water 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Move over polar bears. Are starving sea lion pups the new face of climate change? This year’s slew of hungry pups washing ashore in California, which has generated a slew of media coverage replete with heart-tugging images, has roots in natural temperature fluctuations in the ocean. But in the coming decades, human-induced warming could make these types of conditions more common. And sea lion pups are just the tip of a larger shift in the Pacific and the rest of the world’s oceans if human emissions continue to warm the planet. An underweight sea lion pup stranded on a California beach in February 2015. Credit: NOAA Fisheries West Coast/Flickr In recent weeks, emaciated young sea lions have been washing up on California beaches (though a few healthy ones have also shown up, including one who got to hang ten with a local surfer). Roughly 1,800 stranded pups have been found on California beaches through the first two-and-a-half months of 2015. That’s well above the 100 or so that usually turn up through the end of March and “at least as high as anything in the historical record,” according to Nate Mantua, a scientist at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif. In 2013 and 2014, large numbers of disheveled sea lion pups were also stranded on California’s beaches, though not at the same levels as this year. One of the main causes has been the unusual and in some cases, record setting — warm water off the West Coast of the U.S. and stretching all the way to the Gulf of Alaska. The warm water is less rich in nutrients and the types of microscopic organisms and fish upon which sea lions usually feed. That has forced sea lion moms and pups alike to forage further for food, a tiring proposition for young sea lions. While the sea lions have been the face of the recent intrusion of warm water, ecosystem disruptions are visible throughout the stretch of the eastern Pacific and Gulf of Alaska. Cold water copepods — small crustaceans at the base of the food chain — populations have dropped off sharply in the past year, while their warm water (less nutritious) brethren have shown up in huge quantities. Further up the food chain, skipjack tuna have turned up in Alaska, thousands of miles beyond their usual range and Mantua said, “sportfish like marlin — things people travel to fish for in Baja — they’re catching them for day trips in southern California.” Beyond the recent slew of strange sightings, Mantua warned that the impacts will linger over at least the next 2-3 years even if waters cool. He said juvenile salmon that have headed to sea are finding less hospitable waters, lowering their survival rates and reducing catches when they spawn back upriver. West Coast commercial fisheries, including Alaska, brought in $2.7 billion in 2013, roughly half of the U.S. total that year. All these species shifts are likely to have ripple effects on local coastal communities that rely on them for livelihoods. “Fisheries, they’ve already seen it,” Mantua said, though the exact economic impacts have yet to be quantified. The warm water in the eastern Pacific over the past two years is a harbinger of things to come for the region. Ocean temperatures have been rising around the world and are expected to keep warming, and the eastern Pacific could see the odd conditions of the past two years become commonplace by mid-century. Just how far-reaching the impacts will be and which species will adapt and which will fail to is something scientists are still trying to untangle. Monthly sea surface temperature anomalies. The red box outlines the origins of what Washington state climatologist Nick Bond has termed "the blob" of warm water. Credit: IRI Data Library The causes for the current eastern Pacific warm temperatures — what Washington state climatologist Nick Bond has coined "the blob" — are not fully known, but are most likely natural. The blob has spread across an expanse of water 1,000 miles across with above-normal water temperatures running from the surface to as deep as 300 feet. While human-induced warming is heating seas around the world, Bond said that’s not the main cause for this particular hot spot. “It’s mostly a fluke of climate variability,” Bond said. “At least part of it can be linked to deep convection in the far western tropical Pacific.” Mantua said the ridge that has kept California dry has also helped lock warm water into place and spread. There’s also a chance that the warmth could mark a shift to the positive phase of a climate pattern called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). That pattern is characterized by warm water along the West Coast, which would further hurt certain fisheries, particularly salmon in the Northwest. A positive PDO would also likely ramp up global temperatures. Yet the natural variations behind this warming have researchers like Bond and Mantua paying close attention to what happens to everything from humble plankton to large predators. “While the causes of the warm waters (today) are not the same as what the causes will be in the 2040s or 2050s, how it plays out in the ecosystems, how it works through the food chain, there may be some real parallels there,” Bond said. The Pacific Northwest has already shown a willingness and ability to adapt to ocean acidification, which threatened to destroy its oyster industry in the mid-2000s. Despite continuing high rates of acidification in the region, the risks its poses to livelihoods are relatively low compared other parts of the U.S. The connectedness of the ocean and climate also has scientists looking outside the region for clues of how the future will unfold. “We know the tropical ocean temperatures in the western Pacific and Indian Oceans have long-term sustained warming trends,” Mantua said, noting that these parts of the ocean will be first to see a global warming signal. “So are they starting to disrupt historical climate patterns because they’re going into new territory? That’s what people are looking at right now.”
 

 •  Gorgeous Satellite Image Reveals Galloping Antarctic Glacier 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

One of West Antarctica's largest glaciers surged a staggering 325 feet (about 100 meters) in less than two weeks this month, the European Space Agency...
 

 •  Heavy rains cause flooding in usually bone-dry Chile desert 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Communities in a desert region of northern Chile struggled Thursday to cope with rain-provoked flooding that has claimed the lives of at least seven people, knocked out power and cut off roadways.Thunderstorms with torrential rains moved into the Atacama desert region Tuesday, causing the Copiapo River to overflow its banks.Fears of mudslides prompted authorities to evacuate thousands from their homes.The flooding is "the worst rain disaster to fall on the north in 80 years," Deputy Interior Minister Mahmud Aleuy said Thursday.TV images showed brown, muddy waters flooding the streets...
 

 •  Deadliest tornadoes in US history 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

 

 •  60 Students Narrowly Escape Tornado in Sand Springs, OK 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Students at a dance class in Sand Springs, Oklahoma had to run to the basement as a tornado moved overhead.
 

 •  Volcán De Colima Erupts Twice in One Morning 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Volcán de Colima produced three eruptions on March 23, sending smoke plumes over 2,000 meters into the sky, according to Mexico’s state department for civil protection. The two eruptions shown in this video occurred in the morning, while the third was later in the day. Credit: YouTube/webcamsdemexico
 

 •  East to Ride Temperature Roller Coaster Through This Weekend 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

After a day likely to be the warmest since last fall in many locations of the East on Thursday, temperatures will take a big dip by the weekend. According...
 

 •  Visualizing More Than 80 Million Lightning Strikes 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

This super-stormy map shows just one month of worldwide electrical violence.
 

 •  A Chilly Spring Break 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

The Weather Channel correspondent Raegan Medgie met up with some college students from Iowa who are having a chilly spring break in the Big Apple.
 

 •  Get Amazing Views of the First-Quarter Moon This Week 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Beginning skywatchers often think that the best time to look at the moon is when it is full, but experienced observers know that the moon is at its best for observing when it is around its first-quarter phase. Light hits the moon obliquely, casting its surface relief into high contrast when the Earth's natural satellite is at its first quarter. Weather permitting, you can see this for yourself this week because the first quarter falls on Friday (March 27) at 3:43 a.m. EDT (0743 GMT). When you look at the moon with binoculars or a small telescope, the first thing you notice is that not all parts of the moon look the same. The surface divides itself into two main types: large level gray areas and smaller mountainous white areas. [Best Night Sky Events of March 2015 (Sky Maps)] Early moon observers thought the flat gray areas were seas, and named them accordingly. Nowadays we know that these are flat, airless, waterless plains, actually "seas" of cooled lava. They are the scars left by the impact of large asteroids during the early history of the moon. In some places, the lava has washed over and around smaller craters caused by earlier impacts. The white highlands do include many mountains, but their most distinctive feature is the hundreds of craters left by the impacts of smaller asteroids. The Earth is similarly scarred by asteroid impacts, but millions of years of erosion by wind and rain have left only a few vestiges of these scars. On the moon, the craters have survived unscathed for millions of years. The moon is the only cosmic object on which we can see a vast amount of surface detail. As a result, astronomers have given names to many of the thousands of surface features visible in even the smallest telescopes. The largest features on the moon are the seas already mentioned, and even one "ocean." These are known by their Latin names mare, plural maria, and oceanus. At first quarter, the most prominent maria are Mare Serenitatis (Sea of Serenity), Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquillity) and Mare Fecunditatis (Sea of Fecundity), which form a linked chain from north to south, and the Mare Crisium (Sea of Crises), which stands alone like a gigantic crater close to the limb (edge) of the moon. It is noticeable that the seas are mainly on the northern half of the moon's face, while the highlands are mostly on its southern half. The most common features on the moon's surface are craters. These come in many sizes, from more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) across, to tiny pits invisible even in the largest telescopes. The craters are so numerous that, when you examine the moon's surface at high magnifications with a good telescope, it appears pitted everywhere like a pumice stone. The largest craters on the moon are named after famous scientists, mostly astronomers. Many craters have high terraced walls and central peaks, similar to the Barringer Meteor Crater in northern Arizona. Others, typically the largest craters, have relatively flat, featureless floors, where lava has welled up and filled the center of the crater. [Best Binoculars of 2015] There are many mountains on the moon, some isolated peaks, such as are seen in the Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains), some conjoined in great mountain ranges. The surface of the maria and larger craters are sometimes disturbed by raised ridges, called dorsa, singular dorsum, and shallow grooves, or rilles, called rimae, singular rima. Most of these have names, too. There are well over a thousand named features on the moon's surface, and many amateur astronomers get pleasure from learning their names and origins. To this end, there are many atlases and books of maps available, and you can spend as much time learning the geography of the moon as you spend learning the constellations of stars. My favorite lunar map is the Sky & Telescope "Field Map of the Moon." This map, by distinguished Czech cartographer Antonín Rükl, covers the moon in four maps that are laminated in plastic and folded together. It is also available in a mirror-image edition for those using telescopes with diagonals. These maps contain enough detail to satisfy all but the most dedicated lunar observer, yet are in a very convenient format for use at the telescope. Many beginners are surprised at how bright the moon appears in a telescope. This brightness can be tamed by increasing the telescope's magnification, or by lighting the area where your telescope is located. I don't recommend the use of so-called "moon filters," as these are often of poor optical quality or give the moon an odd green color. Even when full, the moon is no brighter than a distant mountainside on Earth. I also don't recommend using the aperture caps supplied with some telescopes. The moon has such a wealth of detail that you want all the resolution your telescope is capable of. Even if you don't have a telescope, many of the larger features of the moon are visible in binoculars. Without any optical aid at all, you can see the patterns formed by gray maria and white highlands, the familiar shapes known as "the man in the moon," but also seen as different shapes by different cultures. With the unaided eye you can see more detail in the moon than a small telescope will show you on any of the planets. Editor's note: If you have an amazing skywatching photo of the moon or any other cosmic view you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, please contact managing editor Tariq Malik at spacephotos@space.com. This article was provided to Space.com by Simulation Curriculum, the leader in space science curriculum solutions and the makers of Starry Night and SkySafari. Follow Starry Night on Twitter @StarryNightEdu. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on Space.com. Night Sky: Visible Planets, Moon Phases & Events, March 2015 21 Most Marvelous Moon Missions of All Time Moon Master: An Easy Quiz for Lunatics Copyright 2015 SPACE.com, a Purch company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
 

 •  Drought-stricken California community close to running out of water 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Road swallows then spits out entire bus 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Smaller Percentage of Americans Worry About Global Warming Now Than in 1989 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Chile sends army into flood-hit region 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Massachusetts seeks disaster aid for snow 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Analyzing A Tornado's Destructive Wind 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  13 states most likely to see tornadoes 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Between 1993 and 2010, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration tracked the states that experienced major tornadoes, which in the world of tornado-watching are rated on a scale of F1 (minimum intensity) to F5 (maximum intensity). The U.S. sees an average of 37.5 big tornadoes every year — which cause devastating property damage and, often, loss of life — but big twisters don’t touch down everywhere, or every year. Still, some states are more likely to see a damaging twister yearly. These are the states that have the dubious distinction of getting an average of one to three F3-F5 tornadoes every year.
 

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 •  Report says beetles don't make forests more likely to burn 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Walk Through The Belly Of A Tornado In Virtual Reality 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Moore Tornado Ks0stm/Wikimedia Commons CC SA by 3.0 The tornado that struck Moore, OK in May 2013 On May 20, 2013, a massive tornado slammed into Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people and leaving 353 injured, and causing nearly $2 billion in damage. The tornado was determined to be an EF5, the most destructive type of tornado on the Enhanced Fujita classification scale. Because tornadoes are so short lived (and also really destructive) it is difficult for scientists to get a good look inside these disasters. But now, researchers at Virginia Tech are able to walk inside a virtual reality version of the Moore tornado, seeing the disaster from all angles. The researchers built the visualization using radar data taken during the storm. While wearing an Oculus Rift headset, researchers can walk around inside a four-story tall theater on the Virginia Tech campus, transforming the room into the Moore, Oklahoma landscape. For the user, it's like walking into a giant weather map, with various rain clouds virtually scattered about the space and an immense funnel that darts about the room. The experience, which New Scientistposted on YouTube is more akin to CNN holograms than Twister; there are no flying cows, and rain clouds appear as big blobs of different colors, just as they would on your local weather forecast. Eventually, researchers hope that they can model storms using this technology in something close to real time--looking inside a storm as it develops. That way they can better predict how bad the tornado might be before it touches down. Virtual Reality Tornado New Scientist A view of the virtual reality simulation of the Moore tornado [New Scientist]
 

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 •  Grateful Oklahomans salvage belongings after killer storm 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday after the Plains' first tornado outbreak of 2015, expressing gratitude that casualties were low...
 

 •  Spring Allergies: Quick-Hitting, Intense Season in Store for East 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  The West Coast Is in Hot Water 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Move over polar bears. Are starving sea lion pups the new face of climate change? This year’s slew of hungry pups washing ashore in California, which has generated a slew of media coverage replete with heart-tugging images, has roots in natural temperature fluctuations in the ocean. But in the coming decades, human-induced warming could make these types of conditions more common. And sea lion pups are just the tip of a larger shift in the Pacific and the rest of the world’s oceans if human emissions continue to warm the planet. An underweight sea lion pup stranded on a California beach in February 2015. Credit: NOAA Fisheries West Coast/Flickr In recent weeks, emaciated young sea lions have been washing up on California beaches (though a few healthy ones have also shown up, including one who got to hang ten with a local surfer). Roughly 1,800 stranded pups have been found on California beaches through the first two-and-a-half months of 2015. That’s well above the 100 or so that usually turn up through the end of March and “at least as high as anything in the historical record,” according to Nate Mantua, a scientist at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif. In 2013 and 2014, large numbers of disheveled sea lion pups were also stranded on California’s beaches, though not at the same levels as this year. One of the main causes has been the unusual and in some cases, record setting — warm water off the West Coast of the U.S. and stretching all the way to the Gulf of Alaska. The warm water is less rich in nutrients and the types of microscopic organisms and fish upon which sea lions usually feed. That has forced sea lion moms and pups alike to forage further for food, a tiring proposition for young sea lions. While the sea lions have been the face of the recent intrusion of warm water, ecosystem disruptions are visible throughout the stretch of the eastern Pacific and Gulf of Alaska. Cold water copepods — small crustaceans at the base of the food chain — populations have dropped off sharply in the past year, while their warm water (less nutritious) brethren have shown up in huge quantities. Further up the food chain, skipjack tuna have turned up in Alaska, thousands of miles beyond their usual range and Mantua said, “sportfish like marlin — things people travel to fish for in Baja — they’re catching them for day trips in southern California.” Beyond the recent slew of strange sightings, Mantua warned that the impacts will linger over at least the next 2-3 years even if waters cool. He said juvenile salmon that have headed to sea are finding less hospitable waters, lowering their survival rates and reducing catches when they spawn back upriver. West Coast commercial fisheries, including Alaska, brought in $2.7 billion in 2013, roughly half of the U.S. total that year. All these species shifts are likely to have ripple effects on local coastal communities that rely on them for livelihoods. “Fisheries, they’ve already seen it,” Mantua said, though the exact economic impacts have yet to be quantified. The warm water in the eastern Pacific over the past two years is a harbinger of things to come for the region. Ocean temperatures have been rising around the world and are expected to keep warming, and the eastern Pacific could see the odd conditions of the past two years become commonplace by mid-century. Just how far-reaching the impacts will be and which species will adapt and which will fail to is something scientists are still trying to untangle. Monthly sea surface temperature anomalies. The red box outlines the origins of what Washington state climatologist Nick Bond has termed "the blob" of warm water. Credit: IRI Data Library The causes for the current eastern Pacific warm temperatures — what Washington state climatologist Nick Bond has coined "the blob" — are not fully known, but are most likely natural. The blob has spread across an expanse of water 1,000 miles across with above-normal water temperatures running from the surface to as deep as 300 feet. While human-induced warming is heating seas around the world, Bond said that’s not the main cause for this particular hot spot. “It’s mostly a fluke of climate variability,” Bond said. “At least part of it can be linked to deep convection in the far western tropical Pacific.” Mantua said the ridge that has kept California dry has also helped lock warm water into place and spread. There’s also a chance that the warmth could mark a shift to the positive phase of a climate pattern called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). That pattern is characterized by warm water along the West Coast, which would further hurt certain fisheries, particularly salmon in the Northwest. A positive PDO would also likely ramp up global temperatures. Yet the natural variations behind this warming have researchers like Bond and Mantua paying close attention to what happens to everything from humble plankton to large predators. “While the causes of the warm waters (today) are not the same as what the causes will be in the 2040s or 2050s, how it plays out in the ecosystems, how it works through the food chain, there may be some real parallels there,” Bond said. The Pacific Northwest has already shown a willingness and ability to adapt to ocean acidification, which threatened to destroy its oyster industry in the mid-2000s. Despite continuing high rates of acidification in the region, the risks its poses to livelihoods are relatively low compared other parts of the U.S. The connectedness of the ocean and climate also has scientists looking outside the region for clues of how the future will unfold. “We know the tropical ocean temperatures in the western Pacific and Indian Oceans have long-term sustained warming trends,” Mantua said, noting that these parts of the ocean will be first to see a global warming signal. “So are they starting to disrupt historical climate patterns because they’re going into new territory? That’s what people are looking at right now.”
 

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 •  Heavy rains cause flooding in usually bone-dry Chile desert 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Communities in a desert region of northern Chile struggled Thursday to cope with rain-provoked flooding that has claimed the lives of at least seven people, knocked out power and cut off roadways.Thunderstorms with torrential rains moved into the Atacama desert region Tuesday, causing the Copiapo River to overflow its banks.Fears of mudslides prompted authorities to evacuate thousands from their homes.The flooding is "the worst rain disaster to fall on the north in 80 years," Deputy Interior Minister Mahmud Aleuy said Thursday.TV images showed brown, muddy waters flooding the streets...
 

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 •  Volcán De Colima Erupts Twice in One Morning 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Get Amazing Views of the First-Quarter Moon This Week 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Beginning skywatchers often think that the best time to look at the moon is when it is full, but experienced observers know that the moon is at its best for observing when it is around its first-quarter phase. Light hits the moon obliquely, casting its surface relief into high contrast when the Earth's natural satellite is at its first quarter. Weather permitting, you can see this for yourself this week because the first quarter falls on Friday (March 27) at 3:43 a.m. EDT (0743 GMT). When you look at the moon with binoculars or a small telescope, the first thing you notice is that not all parts of the moon look the same. The surface divides itself into two main types: large level gray areas and smaller mountainous white areas. [Best Night Sky Events of March 2015 (Sky Maps)] Early moon observers thought the flat gray areas were seas, and named them accordingly. Nowadays we know that these are flat, airless, waterless plains, actually "seas" of cooled lava. They are the scars left by the impact of large asteroids during the early history of the moon. In some places, the lava has washed over and around smaller craters caused by earlier impacts. The white highlands do include many mountains, but their most distinctive feature is the hundreds of craters left by the impacts of smaller asteroids. The Earth is similarly scarred by asteroid impacts, but millions of years of erosion by wind and rain have left only a few vestiges of these scars. On the moon, the craters have survived unscathed for millions of years. The moon is the only cosmic object on which we can see a vast amount of surface detail. As a result, astronomers have given names to many of the thousands of surface features visible in even the smallest telescopes. The largest features on the moon are the seas already mentioned, and even one "ocean." These are known by their Latin names mare, plural maria, and oceanus. At first quarter, the most prominent maria are Mare Serenitatis (Sea of Serenity), Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquillity) and Mare Fecunditatis (Sea of Fecundity), which form a linked chain from north to south, and the Mare Crisium (Sea of Crises), which stands alone like a gigantic crater close to the limb (edge) of the moon. It is noticeable that the seas are mainly on the northern half of the moon's face, while the highlands are mostly on its southern half. The most common features on the moon's surface are craters. These come in many sizes, from more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) across, to tiny pits invisible even in the largest telescopes. The craters are so numerous that, when you examine the moon's surface at high magnifications with a good telescope, it appears pitted everywhere like a pumice stone. The largest craters on the moon are named after famous scientists, mostly astronomers. Many craters have high terraced walls and central peaks, similar to the Barringer Meteor Crater in northern Arizona. Others, typically the largest craters, have relatively flat, featureless floors, where lava has welled up and filled the center of the crater. [Best Binoculars of 2015] There are many mountains on the moon, some isolated peaks, such as are seen in the Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains), some conjoined in great mountain ranges. The surface of the maria and larger craters are sometimes disturbed by raised ridges, called dorsa, singular dorsum, and shallow grooves, or rilles, called rimae, singular rima. Most of these have names, too. There are well over a thousand named features on the moon's surface, and many amateur astronomers get pleasure from learning their names and origins. To this end, there are many atlases and books of maps available, and you can spend as much time learning the geography of the moon as you spend learning the constellations of stars. My favorite lunar map is the Sky & Telescope "Field Map of the Moon." This map, by distinguished Czech cartographer Antonín Rükl, covers the moon in four maps that are laminated in plastic and folded together. It is also available in a mirror-image edition for those using telescopes with diagonals. These maps contain enough detail to satisfy all but the most dedicated lunar observer, yet are in a very convenient format for use at the telescope. Many beginners are surprised at how bright the moon appears in a telescope. This brightness can be tamed by increasing the telescope's magnification, or by lighting the area where your telescope is located. I don't recommend the use of so-called "moon filters," as these are often of poor optical quality or give the moon an odd green color. Even when full, the moon is no brighter than a distant mountainside on Earth. I also don't recommend using the aperture caps supplied with some telescopes. The moon has such a wealth of detail that you want all the resolution your telescope is capable of. Even if you don't have a telescope, many of the larger features of the moon are visible in binoculars. Without any optical aid at all, you can see the patterns formed by gray maria and white highlands, the familiar shapes known as "the man in the moon," but also seen as different shapes by different cultures. With the unaided eye you can see more detail in the moon than a small telescope will show you on any of the planets. Editor's note: If you have an amazing skywatching photo of the moon or any other cosmic view you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, please contact managing editor Tariq Malik at spacephotos@space.com. This article was provided to Space.com by Simulation Curriculum, the leader in space science curriculum solutions and the makers of Starry Night and SkySafari. Follow Starry Night on Twitter @StarryNightEdu. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on Space.com. Night Sky: Visible Planets, Moon Phases & Events, March 2015 21 Most Marvelous Moon Missions of All Time Moon Master: An Easy Quiz for Lunatics Copyright 2015 SPACE.com, a Purch company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
 

 •  Drought-stricken California community close to running out of water 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Road swallows then spits out entire bus 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Chile sends army into flood-hit region 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Record heat to intensify California drought 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Can a tornado blow straw into a tree? 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Massachusetts seeks disaster aid for snow 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  13 states most likely to see tornadoes 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Walk Through The Belly Of A Tornado In Virtual Reality 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

Moore Tornado Ks0stm/Wikimedia Commons CC SA by 3.0 The tornado that struck Moore, OK in May 2013 On May 20, 2013, a massive tornado slammed into Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people and leaving 353 injured, and causing nearly $2 billion in damage. The tornado was determined to be an EF5, the most destructive type of tornado on the Enhanced Fujita classification scale. Because tornadoes are so short lived (and also really destructive) it is difficult for scientists to get a good look inside these disasters. But now, researchers at Virginia Tech are able to walk inside a virtual reality version of the Moore tornado, seeing the disaster from all angles. The researchers built the visualization using radar data taken during the storm. While wearing an Oculus Rift headset, researchers can walk around inside a four-story tall theater on the Virginia Tech campus, transforming the room into the Moore, Oklahoma landscape. For the user, it's like walking into a giant weather map, with various rain clouds virtually scattered about the space and an immense funnel that darts about the room. The experience, which New Scientistposted on YouTube is more akin to CNN holograms than Twister; there are no flying cows, and rain clouds appear as big blobs of different colors, just as they would on your local weather forecast. Eventually, researchers hope that they can model storms using this technology in something close to real time--looking inside a storm as it develops. That way they can better predict how bad the tornado might be before it touches down. Virtual Reality Tornado New Scientist A view of the virtual reality simulation of the Moore tornado [New Scientist]
 

 •  Want an affordable earthquake warning system? Use animals, scientists say 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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 •  Incredible image of trucks driving across frozen lakes 03/26/2015 04:39 PM

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