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Deadly floods and landslides in Colombia - at least 4 people killed

Civil Defence Search Operations in Rivera,
© Civil Defence Colombia
Civil Defence Search Operations in Rivera, Huil, Colombia March 2021.
Recent heavy rainfall in Colombia has caused flooding and landslides in which at least 4 people have died.

In Huila Department, emergency teams recovered 3 bodies from a vehicle that had become trapped in flood waters of the Frio River in the municipality of Rivera on 01 March 2021. According to Colombia's Civil Defence, the deceased included the consul of Panama. Firefighters were able to rescue the driver and two passengers.


Snowflake

Snow piles up as winter storm impacts Maine - 28 inches recorded - thousands of power outages reported

Gusty winds on Tuesday blow across Turner Street in Presque Isle.
© Paula Brewer / The Star-Herald
Gusty winds on Tuesday blow across Turner Street in Presque Isle. The extreme windy conditions caused several crashes throughout the region.
Thousands of power outages were reported in northern and eastern Maine as blowing winds and whiteouts impacted the area on March 2, the National Weather Service said.

Local officials called on residents of the area to stay at home. The Caribou Police Department warned, "Road conditions are very bad with the wind, whiteout conditions and low temperatures."

A local meteorologist measured 28 inches of snow accumulation on Tuesday morning, he said on Twitter.


Snowflake Cold

Winter's almost over, yet Atlantic Canada is blasted with 50 cm of snow

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The beginning of March brought some harsh winter conditions to Atlantic Canada, particularly in Newfoundland, which was hit hard Tuesday.

The intense winter storm that powered through the Maritimes Monday -- the first day of meteorological spring -- also delivered a swift dose of heavy snow, howling winds and blizzard conditions to Newfoundland Tuesday.

Because of the storm, most government offices and municipal services were either delayed with opening or closed for the day early Tuesday. Conditions quickly began to deteriorate Monday overnight and into the pre-dawn hours Tuesday morning.


Arrow Down

Closures along South Klondike Highway due to avalanches after 'way, way above average' snowfall

A snowplow clears a path on the South Klondike Highway. On Tuesday, the highway was shut down.
© Colin MacKenzie
A snowplow clears a path on the South Klondike Highway. On Tuesday, the highway was shut down.
The large snowfall in southern Yukon has caused lots of problems for highway staff, and contractors tasked to deal with avalanches. This weekend, avalanche activity was reported along the South Klondike Highway, and it seems that highway staff had their hands full.

Colin MacKenzie, an avalanche contractor for Yukon's Department of Highways and Public Works, explained that these avalanches are caused by storms coming off the Pacific Ocean. These storms are bringing winds, snow, and warmer temperatures with them.

Snowflake Cold

Taiwan's Yushan sees first snow of 2021

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© CWB
Taiwan's tallest peak, Yushan, this morning (Tuesday, March 3) saw 3 cm of snow, its first of the year, as seasonal northeasterly winds brought cold, wet weather to the country.

Seasonal northeasterly winds brought increased moisture and lower temperatures to northern and eastern Taiwan overnight. This morning, the mercury at the Yushan Weather Station dipped down to minus 0.8 degrees Celsius by 1 a.m. and minus 1.5 degrees by 2 a.m., according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).


Arrow Down

Body of woman buried by landslide retrieved in the Philippines

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The body of 70-year-old Rizalda Matambonoy was found buried in the mud after a landslide occurred in Purok 22, Barangay Mt. Diwata, a gold rush site in the municipality of Monkayo in Davao de Oro province on Tuesday, Mar. 2.

In the latest video posted by the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (BDRRMC) of Mt. Diwata, the responders used an excavator to retrieve the body of Matambonoy.

Residents in the village were shocked seeing mud and rocks rushing down the slope Monday afternoon.


Cloud Precipitation

Devastating storm lashes Brisbane, Australia - nearly 3 inches of rain in half an hour - streets turn into rivers - power out for 18,000 homes - trees felled

A severe storm has hit Brisbane, leaving up to 18,000 homes without power and flooding the Pacific Motorway in the CBD

A severe storm has hit Brisbane, leaving up to 18,000 homes without power and flooding the Pacific Motorway in the CBD
A severe storm has hit Brisbane, leaving up to 18,000 homes without power and flooding the Pacific Motorway in the CBD.

Greenbank, south of Brisbane, recorded 73mm in the 30 minutes to 5pm while Michelton recorded 61mm in half an hour.

'These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast,' the Bureau of Meteorology said about the severe storm hitting Brisbane.

'They are forecast to affect Narangba, Burpengary and Beachmere by 6.20pm and Caboolture, Wamuran and Beerburrum by 6:50pm.'


Cloud Precipitation

Floods in Grande Do Sul, Brazil after a month's worth of rain in 2 hours

Floods in Lagoa Vermelha, March 2021.
© Civil Defence Rio Grande do Sul
Floods in Lagoa Vermelha, March 2021.
Heavy rainfall hit the municipality of Lagoa Vermelha in the state of Grande do Sul, southern Brazil, from late 01 March 2021. Strong winds and lightning were also reported.

Flooding damaged homes and roads. After carrying out initial assessments, the municipal government said at least 32 houses were severely damaged, some even destroyed, leaving families homeless. The municipality is considering declaring a state of emergency as a result of the damage.

Much of the damage was in the neighbourhood of Rodrigues. Centro, Gaúcha, Medianeira, Gentil and São Sebastião neighbourhoods were also badly affected.

Civil Defence reported rainfall totals of 112.2 mm in just two hours. Local observers suggested the rainfall was over 220mm. The city would see around 118 mm of rain during a typical February.


Seismograph

Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake shakes central Greece, felt in Balkans

Greece was shaken by an earthquake today which sent locals onto the streets in Larissa and was felt as far away as Athens

Greece was shaken by an earthquake today which sent locals onto the streets in Larissa and was felt as far away as Athens
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of over 6.0 has struck central Greece.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Wednesday's quake was felt as far away as Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

The earthquake had an epicenter west-northwest of the town of Larissa and struck just after 12:15 p.m. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center put the preliminary magnitude at 6.2.


Ice Cube

A massive iceberg - larger than New York City - breaks off Antarctica

The iceberg started to crack off of Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf
© BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY
The iceberg started to crack off of Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf in January 2021.
A massive iceberg broke off Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf, British researchers announced.

At 490 square miles, the berg is bigger than New York City, which is 302 square miles.

A crack in the ice shelf widened several hundred meters Friday before the iceberg sheared off. The last major chunk to come off in this area was in the early 1970s, the BBC said.

The event wasn't a surprise: "Our teams at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have been prepared for the calving of an iceberg from Brunt Ice Shelf for years," BAS director Jane Francis said in a statement.

The British Antarctic Survey's Halley Research Station is on the Brunt Ice Shelf. Glaciologists said the research station is unlikely to be affected by the calving event, which is what the breaking process is called.


Comment: As noted in the following article, calving, whereby an ice berg splits off from a glacier, is caused by glacial expansion, and thus a process associated with cooling, not warming: Iceberg the size of London calves off Antarctica - Caused by a glacier EXPANDING, not melting