The China Meteorological Administration said Rammasun was a super typhoon as it made landfall in Hainan – an island in the southernmost province of China – today (July 18, 2014) at around 6 a.m. EDT (1000 UTC). At that time, it had a sustained wind of 155 mph with gusts near 190 mph. Rammasun, also known as Glenda in the Philippines, struck that country earlier this week as a Category 3 storm.
A large crater, or sink hole, has appeared over the gas-rich Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia. The name Yamal means “the end of the world.” The cause of the crater, which was spotted by helicopters, is not yet known. A team of scientists has been sent to investigate the hole and is due to arrive at the scene on today. It is about 80 meters (87.5 yards) across.
In the middle of summer, you expect to see major heat waves hit parts of the United States with temperatures in the 90s and heat indices climbing over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. However, Mother Nature believes in switching things up.
A major dip in the jet stream across the eastern half of the United States and Canada will rush in extremely cool temperatures for this time of the year. Parts of the U.S. Midwest could see temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below average. There are rumors that the “polar vortex” is responsible for the cool weather this upcoming week. However, that’s not the case in this situation.
This weekend is another perigee moon, commonly nowadays called a supermoon. Many will repeat the claim that the eye can’t discern a supermoon’s extra large size without a ruler. But this is simply not true! Obviously these people have never tried for themselves …
Migrating Arctic shorebirds may play an important role in the long-distance dispersal of mosses and liverworts to remote regions in North and South America.
The Eagle Nebula, also known as Messier 16 or M16, consists of a star cluster and many emission nebulae and dark nebulae, in the direction of the constellation Serpens. It’s the location of several famous structures including the Pillars of Creation, whose photo you see here. Take a look at the photos inside, and delve deeper into this region of space, which is one of the most interesting and beautiful we know.
Powerful Typhoon Neoguri pounded Japan’s Okinawa islands on Tuesday local time (July 8, 2014), bringing high winds, monster waves and storm surges. Although it lost its super typhoon status yesterday, Neoguri still packed sustained winds of 175 kilometers (108 miles) per hour with some gusts up to 250 kph (154 mph), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.