Arctic disturbance over Italy: weather alert issued

After the rains and thunderstorms of the last few days, from tomorrow a disturbance of Arctic origin will begin to approach the central Mediterranean Basin, determining a new phase of generalized bad weather on most of the Italian peninsula, especially on Friday and Saturday. From tomorrow we will see the first effects of the worsening on the northern regions with precipitation that will be more frequent from the evening.

Weather alert today and tomorrow

In the next few hours, the Arctic disturbance will bring a new wave of bad weather over Italy, starting from the northern regions and then involving the rest of the country. Based on the available forecasts, the Civil Protection Department has issued a new weather alert which foresees widespread rainfall starting from the early hours of tomorrow, which locally will also be very intense and accompanied by lightning, hailstorms and strong gusts of wind, on Liguria, Tuscany and Emilia Romagna in extension, in the afternoon in Lombardy and Veneto. The Department also assessed an orange alert on a large part of Emilia-Romagna and Liguria.

The weather forecast for Thursday 23 September

Beginning of the day marked by the variability on the central-northern Tyrrhenian regions and west Sardinia inherited from the instability of the previous day, but also large clearings on the Adriatic and Ionian regions, as well as on sections of the Po Valley. During the day, the perturbation is approaching and the weather will worsen in the North with rains and showers, including thunderstorms, intensifying in the Northwest and extending by evening to the Central-Eastern Alps and Prealps and encroaching on the Northeast plains with even strong phenomena. Thunderstorms are also intensifying in Liguria and above all on the Levant. It tends to get worse during the day also in Tuscany, with rains and thunderstorms especially in the evening on the inland and northern areas, some isolated rain as far as Lazio. Waiting for the rest of Italy with large spells. Temporarily increasing temperatures in the South. Winds increasing between southeast and southwest.

The weather forecast for Friday 24 September

The perturbation that arrived on Thursday will continue its run towards the southeast driven by the depression that will be excavated at the height of Northern Italy. The weather will remain unstable or disturbed in the North, in particular in eastern Liguria, Lombardy and Triveneto, with heavy rains and thunderstorms, while clearings will take over in the Northwest and in Emilia. The entry of cold air that pushes the front will cause the lowering of the snow level in the Alps up to around 1200 / 1400m in the evening on the central-western ones. On the rest of Italy, Sardinia and the Tyrrhenian regions will be exposed to bad weather, where we will have intense rains and thunderstorms, while the Adriatic and Ionian regions will remain sheltered, with a dry climate and more bright spells. It tends to lighten in the evening on the medium-high Tyrrhenian Sea. Falling temperatures in the North and on the Tyrrhenian. Strong Libeccio winds tending towards Mistral in Sardinia.

The forecast for the weekend

Suddenly decreasing temperatures throughout Italy and strong or very strong Mistral winds on the weekend when the disturbance will still affect the southern regions giving rise to more intense showers and thunderstorms on the Tyrrhenian side and Sicily, with some phenomena also on the Adriatic side up to Abruzzo, but with a tendency to gradual improvement. Greater spells are expected in the North except for residual variability in the morning in Romagna. On the other hand, more closed skies on the border Alps with some more frequent snowfall on the Franco-Swiss sectors from 1100 / 1300m.

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On Sunday, a new front arriving from the west, is mainly intended for Emilia Romagna and central-southern regions with worsening since the morning, characterized by showers, thunderstorms and snowfalls also on the Apennines starting from 1400 / 1800m in the central-northern sector, up to 900 / 1000m on the Emilian one.


Unusual: Northern Lights on a comet!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 8:22 PM – The Aurora Borealis is spectacular, but it doesn’t just happen on Earth. Astronomers have observed the phenomenon on a comet. Explanations.

The Aurora Borealis is a spectacular phenomenon observed mainly in northern latitudes. These are solar winds charged with electrons that strike the Earth’s upper atmosphere. It is not only on Earth that this spectacle occurs. In fact, astronomers took advantage of the instruments of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe to collect data that would bring to light an extraordinary spectacle: the northern lights on a comet!

The Northern Lights have been observed elsewhere in the solar system. Most planets and moons that have an atmosphere can give rise to this spectacle, including Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Mars. However, this is the first event reported on a comet.

Data collected by scientists indicate that this is indeed an auroral phenomenon. The electron-charged particles interact with the gas emitted by the comet. The resulting atoms give off ultraviolet light. However, this radiation is invisible to the naked eye.

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The Ministry of Labor announced an increase in the average annual pension in 2021 :: Society :: RBC

Photo: Vladimir Gerdo / TASS

The average annual old-age insurance pension for non-working pensioners in 2021 will amount to 17,443 rubles. This was reported to RBC in the press service of the Ministry of Labor of Russia with reference to the draft budget of the Pension Fund of Russia for 2021 and for the planning period of 2022 and 2023.

According to the ministry, the indexation of insurance pensions for non-working pensioners is provided “in accordance with the law” at 6.3%, and social pensions – at 2.6%.

The Ministry of Labor explained that in 2021 the Pension Fund will ensure the payment of pensions for 43 million people. In total, it is planned to allocate 7.8 trillion rubles to pay insurance pensions in 2021. 632.7 billion rubles will be allocated for the payment of state pensions, supplements to pensions, compensations, as well as grants for burial.

In 2021, the budget of the Pension Fund will amount to 9.6 trillion rubles. It is planned to allocate 8.4 trillion rubles for the payment of pensions, and 425 billion rubles for monthly payments.

The draft budget was prepared by the Pension Fund based on the forecast parameters of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia.


The big player who could upset the Quebec fall, here he is

Monday, September 14, 2020 at 6:00 AM РLa Ni̱a, the temperature anomaly in the mid-west Pacific Ocean, is low in intensity but is expected to gain strength within a few weeks. If this scenario materializes, the repercussions will be felt as far as the Atlantic, and the Quebec fall could indirectly suffer the consequences.

Hyper-tropical season

Hurricane season is in full swing, to say the least, knowing that we recorded more than fifteen named storms during the first half of the season, whereas in normal times we has twelve for a full season that ends November 30 in the Northern Hemisphere.

The 2020 season could dethrone the year 2005 when it comes to the number of named tropical storms. This tropical hyperactivity could upset the tendency for mildness expected in our Fall preview.

Hurricanes - favorable factors

One of the causes of this tropical hyperactivity is the negative anomaly of water temperatures in the Pacific, commonly known as La Niña. One of the characteristics of La Niña is a weak windshear in the Atlantic. Associated with the warmer temperatures in this ocean, this lack of shear offers tropical waves the perfect conditions to emerge, first, and gain in intensity, second.


According to the US Agency for Ocean and Atmospheric Observation (NOAA), La Niña is well established, which means tropical hyperactivity in the Atlantic will continue until late fall. This could upset weather trends in Quebec.

The aftermath in Quebec

When a hurricane moves, warm surface water is mixed with deep water. The more tropical storms there are, the cooler the surface water is. Yet it is thanks to these warm Atlantic waters that an atmospheric ridge should allow the province to enjoy milder weather this fall.

Hurricanes - Cold water influence

“With cooler surface water, the ridge may be less well defined and the heat from the United States may not rise enough towards the province for the northernmost sectors to benefit,” explains Anne-Sophie Colombani , videographer-meteorologist at MétéoMédia.

Ouagan - cretage reduction

In addition, if tropical storms approach the coast, it is possible that they are caught by the jet stream and directed towards Quebec or the Maritimes. “Significant amounts of precipitation could be spilled over parts of the province,” said Colombani, adding that “the number of days with precipitation would not be higher than seasonal norms, but the amounts of rain could be” .

Hurricanes - precipitation

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In the west-central Pacific Ocean, climatologists and meteorologists around the world are monitoring the Southern Oscillation, or water temperature anomalies. If this anomaly is greater than +0.5 ° C, we speak of El Niño; when it is less than -0.5 ° C, it is La Niña; and between these two values, the anomaly is considered to be neutral.

To be qualified as El Niño or La Niña, an anomaly must remain stable for three months in a row. NOAA has just announced that after August having recorded an anomaly of less than -0.5 ° C, “La Niña conditions are now present”.



750 million genetically modified mosquitoes released in the United States

Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 6:07 PM – A veritable hordes of genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in the United States, with the aim of reducing the transmission of certain diseases dangerous to humans.

The states of Texas and Florida are targeted. The insects will therefore be introduced gradually over a period of about two years.

Male mosquitoes that are released will release a lethal gene in females already in circulation. When mating, this same discomfort will make them sterile.

The goal is to wipe out a whole species of insects carrying viruses potentially fatal to humans, such as Zika or dengue.

This impressive operation would have no significant impact on humans or the environment, according to current analyzes. That was the initial objective: to find an ecological way to eliminate the species of mosquitoes carrying diseases.

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Turin weather forecast for August 30th

Thunderstorms and clear spells. The winds will be mostly moderate and will blow from the North with an intensity of 11 km / h

The weather situation in the city

Thunderstorms and clear spells in Turin. The maximum recorded temperature will be 23 ° C, the minimum 16 ° C. Winds will be light in the morning and will come from the East. Light winds in the afternoon and will come from North. (FORECASTS IN ITALY – FORECASTS IN TURINALL WEATHER UPDATES)

The situation in the rest of Piedmont

Thunderstorms and clear spells. The winds will be mostly moderate and will blow from the North with an intensity of 11 km / h. Minimum temperatures between 14 and 17 ° C and maximum temperatures between 21 and 24 ° C. Altitude 0 ° C at 3050 meters.

The weather situation in Verbano

Thunderstorms likely. Wind from South-South-East with an intensity of 7 km / h. Gusts up to 18 km / h. Minimum temperatures between 5 and 16 ° C and maximum temperatures between 12 and 21 ° C. Zero temperature at 2950 meters, snow at 2550 meters.

The weather situation in the Cuneo area

Storm and bright spells. The winds will be mostly moderate and will blow from the SW with an intensity of 12 km / h. Possible gusts up to 17 km / h. Minimum temperatures between 7 and 17 ° C and maximum temperatures between 16 and 24 ° C. Altitude 0 ° C at 3150 meters.

Air quality in Piedmont

Today’s air quality is good, with a daily average of suspended particulate matter of 4.7 µg / m³.


5 great mysteries above our heads.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 10:01 AM – As a child, I loved lying on the floor just to look at the stars. I felt like I was losing myself in the infinitely large. It’s something that I still enjoy doing today. And you ? Have you taken the time to observe the sky? There are some things you absolutely must see. Here they are.

Rain of Perseids - Credit michal-mancewicz-Q6ypnqRk2U0-unsplash


The Perseids are a classic of our summer skies. We look forward to this time of the year when we can go outside, our wish box under our arm, and let ourselves be lulled by the beauty of this meteor swarm.

Around mid-August, the Earth returns very close to the orbit of comet 109P / Swift-Tuttle, whose wake is strewn with billions of dust particles. But to be at the forefront of this shooting star festival, you will need to avoid any light pollution that could harm the show. Also the NASA recommends lying on the ground with your feet pointed northeast, and letting the magic work.

Aurore Boréale - Credit


During an aurora borealis, the sky looks like the canvas of a great artist. As if, with each brushstroke, the painting comes to life, as if by magic. Is it a fairy tale story? No ! Rather, it’s a very scientific story.

According to canadian space agencyThe aurora borealis, also known as the polar aurora, is formed in the northern hemisphere when charged particles of electrons and protons collide with gases in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. These collisions generate tiny bursts of light that fill the sky with colorful light. Thus, billions of small bursts of light appear in sequence, giving the impression that the dawn is “dancing” in the sky.

THE MOON - Credit amit-talwar-zoz1tcV5KNc-unsplash


It would be at least 4.51 billion years old. It is part of our nocturnal decor. Without it, the sky would not be the same. Who am I ? The Moon of course!

However, some phases of the Moon are more fascinating than others. Especially when it comes to the super moon! Even though this name evokes that of a superhero, the term has been a real craze since 2010. We talk about a super moon on a new moon or a full moon, and when it is closest to the Earth, or at its perigee. It will then appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual NASA. One thing is for sure, when this happens, take the time to admire her and tell her your secrets.

A STEVE light captured at Childs Lake, Manitoba.  Credit NASA's Goddard Space Flight CenterKrista Trinder


Have you ever seen a Steve? I am not talking about your neighbor, but about a phenomenon similar to the aurora borealis. Steve is a purple and green celestial ribbon that stretches for several hundred kilometers, and follows an east-west alignment. Its name, recognized since 2018 by the NASA, is the acronym for “Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement”, or “sharp increase in the rate of thermal emission”.

The particular aspect of Steve fascinates the scientific community which has difficulty in finding an explanation. But according to researchers from the the University of Calgary in Canada, it could be a phenomenon which forms in the ionosphere, the layer of the atmosphere between 60 km to 1000 km of altitude. Steve’s ions would move faster and be hotter (around 3,000 ° C) than other particles in the same area.

The Milky Way - Credit m-wrona-opaAhLe0ZTI-unsplash


In English, the Milky Way is called Milky Way. A name that I find delicious and which perfectly represents this species of whitish band that can easily be observed at night.

According to NASA, our galaxy, the Milky Way in which our Solar System is located, is made up of gas, dust and stars. As you gaze at the Milky Way, you gaze at nearly 1.7 billion stars. Know that it would take you more than 50 years to count them all, at the rate of one per second. Our Milky Way is about 100,000 light years across and about 20,000 light years thick. Like most galaxies, the Milky Way spins slowly, just like us. A complete rotation lasts about 240 million years. Since our sun was born about 4.6 billion years ago, we have completed more than 19 rotations around the center of our galaxy.


You can continue your exploration of the cosmos by visiting the following sites:


Montreal Planetarium

The ASTROLab of Mont-Mégantic

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Day of the overtaking: the Earth now lives “on credit”

Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11:12 am – This Saturday, August 22, humanity will have exhausted the natural resources that the Earth can produce in one year.

This famous Overshoot Day occurs three weeks later than in 2019. It was indeed July 29, last year, that we reached this threshold.

It is also the first time since 2005 that this fateful day takes place towards the end of August. This is therefore a historical decline, which has never been observed since the beginnings of this calculation.

The crisis linked to the pandemic is also not unrelated to it. Greenhouse gas emissions created by fossil fuels, which are indeed the number one factor influencing humanity’s carbon footprint, have declined dramatically since the start of the year. The latter would have actually fallen by 14.5%, according to calculations by the Global Footprint Network. Logging (which also fell by around 8.4%) and the carbon footprint of agriculture (which remained unchanged) were also considered.

The Global Overshoot Day is calculated by comparing the resources used by humanity and the planet’s capacity to regenerate those same resources (called biocapacity).

However, everything indicates that 2020 will be the exception that proves the rule. No large-scale measures have actually been put in place to ensure that the positive impacts on the environment are felt in the long term.

Since the early 1970s, the deficit has continued to widen, appearing earlier and earlier each year.

Some solutions

  • Limit as much as possible the presence of plastic products at home, and opt instead for bulk
  • Favor local products
  • Reduce or even stop eating meat
  • Plan meals more efficiently to avoid food waste
  • Cook more
  • Opt for active transportation (on foot, by bike) or take public transit

Source : Global Footprint Network

SEE ALSO: Destroying ecosystems to better conserve them


Earth reportedly experienced hottest temperature on record

Monday, August 17, 2020 at 12:35 PM – Earth may have experienced its hottest temperature on record. It was 54.4 ° C in Death Valley, United States (part of a desert in California). Furnace Creek reports its highest peak in over 100 years.

The Earth is heating up, it is no longer a secret. Some regions are more affected by this warming, particularly the Arctic. However, even though the southern United States is closer to the equator, mercury is on the rise. Death Valley, the famous Death Valley, is one of the hot spots on our planet. In August, the mercury can easily exceed 50 ° C. Well, on Sunday August 16, Furnace Creek observed a temperature of 130 ° F or 54.4 ° C.

There is some controversy surrounding the temperature records in Death Valley. Indeed, those dating back a hundred years are disputed by scientists who claim that records recorded before 1950 are unreliable. In fact, the World Meteorological Organization is keeping these data in place until further investigation is carried out. It would therefore have been 134 ° F or 56.7 ° C in July 1913, at Furnace Creek.

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However, the value recorded this Sunday is to be verified by meteorologists, since it was taken by an automated station. The teams will have to go there to determine if the tools are working well and are well calibrated in order to formalize this possible record.

No respite at night

The mercury does not ring, even at night. Furnace Creek regularly records very high lows. A record low of 40.0 ° C was observed in 2020. However, this is not an absolute record since Oman, a country in the Arabian Peninsula, reported a low of 44.2 ° C at night from June 16 to 17, 2017.

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Why is it so hot?

This part of the globe is very hot and this is explained by the fact that Furnace Creek is located in a hollow on the mountainside, about a hundred meters below sea level. This part of southeastern California benefits rays of the sun warming the rocky ground. The heat rises, but then it goes down again to warm the valley even more. This explains why Furnace Creek has become a tourist draw as visitors are photographed next to the famous thermometer.

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NPC: ‘shoes and spit’ for those who go to al-Aqsa mosque via Israel – Middle East

(ANSAmed) – TEL AVIV, AUGUST 16 – Islamic faithful who wish to pray in the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem by virtue of separate agreements with Israel – such as the citizens of the United Arab Emirates – “would not be welcome at all by the Palestinians”. “They would only receive throwing shoes and spitting from the people of Jerusalem”: this is the prediction expressed today by Mahmud al-Habash, a close adviser to the president of the PNA Mahmud Abbas. Israeli public radio Kan reported. On Friday at the end of prayers in the al-Aqsa mosque some flags of the Emirates and images of Prince Mohammed bin Zayed were set on fire. (ANSAmed).