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Spring has exploded in blizzards in Moscow and the Moscow region

March will be colder than January.

The winter in Moscow "broke out" with the snowfall

Spring has arrived according to the calendar, but instead has exploded in blizzards in Moscow and the Moscow region.

In VDNKh, at 9 am on March 7, the height of the snow was exactly 40 cm, and on the morning of March 8, it increased to 48 cm. The height of the snow increased more visibly in the area of Tushino: there the snow piles increased by 10 cm. At the weather station with the same name it is 55 cm.

Cloud Precipitation

Evacuations after dam breach following heavy rainfall in Maui, Hawaii

Heavy rainfall in Hawaii has caused a dam to breach on the island of Maui.

The County of Maui said a breach of the Kaupakalua Dam near Haiku was reported during the afternoon of 08 March 2021.

"Emergency evacuations were ordered for everyone downstream of the reservoir dam in the Haiku area makai of Kaupakalua Road. People near heavily flowing streams were advised to evacuate or seek higher ground immediately." Evacuation centres have been opened in local public buildings.

The Maui Fire Department said it received more than a dozen calls for help from residents who were trapped in their homes because of rising flood waters.


Up to 2 feet of March snowfall in upper reaches of Kashmir - temperature drops 7 degrees Celsius below normal

Snowfall in upper reaches and rains in plains of the Kashmir Valley on Monday brought a fresh cold wave as the mercury slipped seven degrees below the normal temperature for this part of the year, officials said.

Gulmarg tourist destination in north Kashmir received nearly two feet of fresh snow since Sunday night while many other hilly areas of Kashmir received moderate to light snowfall, the officials said.

They said snow-clearance machines have been pressed into action in the affected areas.

Ice Cube

Hail, yes: Chunks of ice rain down during storm in Florida

Florida hail
© Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
Some Floridians were treated to a rare sight on Saturday: hail on the ground looked like snow.
It's been that kind of year. An iceberg the size of Los Angeles broke off the main coast of Antarctica last week. On Saturday, Florida residents were shoveling ice after a hailstorm raged through Daytona Beach.

"I moved south to get away from this. Who shovels in flip-flops?" a man asks as he clears the pathway in front of his home in a video posted to Twitter on Saturday.

"I thought he moved to Florida to escape the snow," the man's daughter, Meribeth Evans, says off-camera.


Record 93 dolphin and whale deaths reported in first 2 months of 2021 in Ireland

Missing: Fungie the dolphin, who has lived for decades near the Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry, is 'more likely' to have died.

Missing: Fungie the dolphin, who has lived for decades near the Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry, is 'more likely' to have died.
Mystery surrounds the worst spate of dolphin and whale strandings on record in Ireland.

There have been 93 dead dolphins, whales and porpoises washed up along the coast in the first two months of the year - the highest number ever recorded in that time period.

Four were successfully refloated after efforts from volunteers but 89 died.

Last year, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group received 70 reports of the animals washing up dead in the winter months, which was unprecedented, but it was surpassed this year with 93 strandings.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall and flash flood in Malacca, Malaysia

Heavy rainfall and flash flood in Malacca, Malaysia today - 06/03/2021.

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Dozens rescued after flash floods in south Spain - 5 inches of rain in 24 hours

Floods in Cadiz Province, Spain, March 2021.
© Bomberos Cadiz
Floods in Cadiz Province, Spain, March 2021.
Heavy rain from 05 March caused flash flooding in Andalusia and Murcia regions of southern Spain.

According to AEMET, in a 24 hour period to 05 March, 127.2mm of rain fell in Estepona in Málaga Province and 77.8mm in Tarifa in the province of Cádiz, both in Andalusia. San Roque in Cádiz recorded 92.6mm the following day.

Emergency Services in Andalusia (112 Andalucía) reported that they rescued a total of 55 people from flooded homes in Los Barrios in the province of Cádiz where the Palmones River broke its banks. Three of those rescued required healthcare for hypothermia. Areas around San Roque, Tarifa and Algeciras were also flooded and at least 6 roads in the province were closed as a result. 112 Andalucía said flooding from the overflowing Guadiaro River left several areas in Sotogrande cut off.

Comment: Flash flood in Aguilas, Spain


Swarm of 20,000 earthquakes could trigger Iceland's volcanoes to erupt

Aerial view of the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland
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Aerial view of the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland, some 50 kilometres west of the capital Reykjavik – one of the three most seismically active areas on the planet.
Fiery eruptions spewing from Iceland's volcanoes could follow the tens of thousands of earthquakes that have shaken the nation over the past fortnight, scientists fear.

Experts monitoring underground magma movements in the Reykjanes Peninsula, in southwest Iceland, are on tenterhooks. Seismic whispers and changes in the land's shape mean an "effusive volcanic eruption could occur", according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO). But so far, nothing has happened.

"That's something new. We didn't expect that," Dr Dave McGarvie, a volcanologist at Lancaster University said. The researcher told National Geographic that "people started wondering, what the hell is going on here?" when magma moving towards the earth's surface began to die down - after an eruption appeared to be just hours away.

Murmurs in the region, first detected over a year ago, have culminated in more than 20,000 earthquakes since activity began on 24 February, according to the IMO.

Comment: Scientists in Iceland say 'strong signs' volcanic eruption is imminent


Mount Etna erupts for the 10th time in 3 weeks, raining rocks and ash down on Catania, Sicily

etna ash sicily

Ash and rocks rained down on nearby towns in Sicily
Europe's biggest and most active volcano has been erupting since mid-February, raining ash and smoke over Sicily's eastern coast. Mount Etna last erupted at 2am local time (1am GMT) on Sunday, March 7, in a spectacular display of nature's fireworks. The eruption, or paroxysm, saw "impressive lava fountains" shoot into the sky from Etna's northeast crater, according to volcanologists at Volcano Discovery.

Activity picked up in the wee morning hours on Sunday after three days of relative peace and quiet.

Volcano Discovery said: "This marks the 10th paroxysm in a row in a remarkable series since February 16.

"Intervals between individual eruptions have been regular, ranging between 36 hours to 3.5 days only, and there are no signs that this series is ending soon."

Lava fountaining at Etna's crater was preceded by a spike in volcanic tremors - a surefire sign of magma rushing to the surface.

The volcano belched a column of ash and smoke that left nearby towns covered in ash and was even picked up by satellites, according to BBC Weather.

A report issued by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) on Sunday warned of sulphur dioxide (SO2) mixed with ice and some ash in the clouds around the volcano.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash flood in Aguilas, Spain

Los Alcázares had sent out workers to check on drains and Protección Civíl was on patrol in San Pedro del Pinatar.

The rain in Spain stayed mainly in Águilas on Sunday morning, as rainfall inland swept down into the ramblas which disgorged into the Mediterranean, leading to lucky escapes for two vehicle owners, and left over 60mm of rain in Águilas itself.

The original forecast had been for the worst of the rain to hit Mazarrón and the Campo de Cartagena all around the Mar Menor, but in this area the maximum rainfall was around 40mm in Los Alcázares, leading to plenty of muddy puddles and minor flooding, but there were no significant problems as there have been in the past.