More Cyclone Activity, Wildfire in Oregon
Cristina Churning in the East Pacific, Nanauk Approaches Arabian Peninsula
Overnight, Tropical Cyclone Cristina strengthened from a Category 1 hurricane (with maximum wind speeds sustained near 80 miles per hour) to a Category 4, reaching maximum sustaining winds at 150 miles per hour (as of NHC Advisory 13). Though Cristina is not projected to make landfall, the National Hurricane Center warns of dangerous surf conditions and riptides associated with the storm along portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico. This has been the first year on record (since 1966) that two Category 4 hurricanes have formed in June in the eastern North Pacific basin. (NASA)
In another rarity, Tropical Cyclone Nanauk formed in the Arabian Sea on June 10. So far, the storm’s maximum winds have been clocked near 63 miles per hour (as of JTWC Advisory 12) and forecasts predict Nanauk to weaken on its approach to the Arabian Peninsula. (Phys.org)
Wildfire Rages on in Oregon
The season for wildfires has started earlier than usual in Oregon with the Two Bulls Fire breaking out on June 7 northwest of Bend, Oregon. The fire has led to the evacuation of hundreds of residents (Bend’s population is roughly 170,000), degraded air quality and threatened water supplies in an area already facing drought conditions. (NASA) Dry conditions and high winds have fueled the blaze, and as of June 12, the fire had burned through more than 6,900 acres (InciWeb).
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: Honduras/Nicaragua, Africa (Eastern), United States (Southwest, Pacific)
Wildfire: United States (Oregon)
Earthquakes: No earthquake warnings at this time.
Flood: Guatemala (Central, Western), Brazil, Africa (Western), Chile (Central), Paraguay, United States (Midwest), Belize (Western), China (Southern)
Severe Weather: Brazil, Europe (Western), China (Southern)
Tropical Storm: Cristina (East Pacific)
Volcanoes: No active volcano warnings at this time.
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