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Late March storm brings snow, wind to New Mexico

Damaging Winds and Snow Sweep Across Central New Mexico as Severe Storm Hits

Damaging winds and snow sweep across central New Mexico
A late March storm is bringing snow, rain and strong winds to northern and central New Mexico.

The storm ramped up around midnight.

At 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, PNM reported that more than 14,000 customers were without power in the Albuquerque area. However, service had been restored to most customers by midday.

The storm has also prompted dozens of closures and delays across the state.

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Skier dies in avalanche near Colorado's Beaver Creek Resort - 35th such death for US this season

A skier has died in an avalanche in the backcountry near Beaver Creek Resort, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center reports.

The avalanche happened at about 3 p.m. Monday in a steep, northwest-facing chute at an elevation of around 10,500 feet (3,200 meters), said the center, which is still investigating.

The victim was Gary Allen Smith, 37, an Eagle County resident, the coroner's office told the Vail Daily.

Smith was a backcountry skier, worked at a backcountry ski shop and was a gear editor for a backcountry skiing website, the newspaper reported.

Smith's death is the 35th avalanche related fatality in the U.S. this season and the 12th in Colorado, matching the state's 1992-93 avalanche death toll.

Source: AP

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Avalanche kills at least 5 in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

At least five people were killed when an avalanche hit a village in Pakistan-administered Kashmir late Wednesday, according to state-run media.

A house in the Sargan village of Neelum Valley was buried under snow resulting in the death of a woman and her four children, Radio Pakistan reported.

Local people and police retrieved the bodies while rescue work is still underway.

The country's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Kashmir were lashed by heavy rain and snow during the last three days.

According to the provincial rescue service 1122, at least two people were killed in rain-related accidents on Tuesday.


Flash floods cause severe damage in Antioquia, Colombia - extreme weather during March leaves 45 dead for the country

Flash flooding in Dabeiba, Antioquia, Colombia, 22 March 2021.
© Flash flooding in Dabeib Dagran Antioquia,
Flash flooding in Dabeiba, Antioquia, Colombia, 22 March 2021.
Heavy rain caused severe flooding in the municipality of Dabeiba in Antioquia Department on 22 March.

The departments disaster agency Dagran Antioquia reported 237 buildings damaged, 10 vehicles damaged along with road and infrastructure, including a local market square. As of 185 families affected. No major injuries were reported.

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Deadly flash floods in Santa Catarina, flood emergency in Pará, Brazil

Floods in Rio Maria, Pará, Brazil, March 2021.
© Defesa Civil Pará
Floods in Rio Maria, Pará, Brazil, March 2021.
At least one person has died in flash floods in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. Meanwhile flooding from overflowing rivers in the northern state of Pará has prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency.

Santa Catarina

A storm brought strong winds and heavy rain to parts of Santa Catarina state in southern Brazil on 23 March 2021. The worst of the damage was reported in the city of Blumenau. Civil Defence attended at least 20 incidents, including flash flooding and wind damage.

Flooding in the Itoupava Norte neighbourhood caused a wall to collapse, killing one person and injuring 2 others who were in a vehicle at the time. Another person was seriously injured after a wall collapsed in the Fortaleza neighbourhood.

More than 20 people died or went missing after severe flooding in the Vale do Itajai region of Santa Catarina in December last year.

Further flooding struck in the state in January 2021, including in the state capital Florianópolis where 40mm of rain fell in a 1 hour period.

Comment: Additionally there has also been severe flooding in the city of São Luís in the state of Maranhão:


Hemkund Sahib in Uttarakhand, India covered in deep snow

deep snow

Hemkund Sahib, formally known as Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib Ji, is a Sikh place of worship and pilgrimage site in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India.

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Historic flooding in New South Wales, Australia: Tens of thousands evacuated as state experiences 'once-in-a-century' extreme weather event

flooding new south wales
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The New Windsor Bridge submerged by flood waters from the Nepean River at Windsor in the north west of Sydney. The state of New South Wales has been hit by its worst flooding in a century
"Phenomenal" rainfall over the past week has led to some of the worst flooding in decades in Australia's state of New South Wales, officials said Monday, and some rivers are topping record levels.

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes and hundreds more had to be rescued from the rising floodwaters that have isolated dozens of towns in Australia's most populous state.

Around 18,000 people had been evacuated from flooding in New South Wales (NSW) by Monday and emergency services feared up to 54,000 people could be displaced with heavy rain forecast to continue until Wednesday.

Comment: As of March 24th, that's up to 40,000 people evac'd.

"This is nothing like we've seen since the 1960s," said state Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a news conference, CNN reported. In parts of the state that have been hit harder, this is a once-a-century event; in other regions such as the Hawkesbury area, it's a "one-in-50-years" event, she said.

Comment: Here's an earlier report we carried on this, from Australia's 9 News:

Flash floods, towns evacuated and dams on the brink of spilling over as wild weather slams New South Wales, Australia


Late March snow hits Algeria

Batna : Exclusive, enchanting scenes of the world-rare Atlantic cedar trees, clad in white ... from the heights of Theguentest

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Fresh snowfall hits Himachal Pradesh, India - up to a foot deep

Unexpected snowfall thrilled tourists at Solang valley near Manali on Monday. The entire Lahaul valley also wore of a blanket of white and snowfall was continuing when this report was filed.

Snowfall and blizzards blocked many roads in Lahaul and upper Manali on Monday morning. The Manali-Atal tunnel road has been closed to tourists as it has become slippery. Tourist movement has been restricted to Solang valley. Only four-wheel-drive vehicles are being allowed to enter Lahaul valley, where traffic on most roads has crippled partially. Border Roads Organisation (BRO) had started clearing snow since early morning.

Both portals of Atal tunnel have received 25 to 30cm of fresh snow. Solang valley near Manali received 5cm snow. Udaipur received 26cm and Keylong received 9cm snow. Sissu and Gondhla received 15-20cm of fresh snow. Gulaba, Marhi, Rohtang Pass, Hamta and all upper regions of Manali donned a white mantle. Some parts of Spiti valley also received light snow. Hansa village of Spiti recorded 5cm of fresh snow.


Late March snow falling on Taiwan's Yushan

Taiwan's tallest peak, Yushan, this morning (Wednesday, March 24), saw 1 centimeter of snow, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

As a cold air mass continues to impact Taiwan, the CWB reported that at 7:10 a.m., snow began falling on the north face of Yushan. At 8:05 a.m., snow was falling intermittently, with the temperature fluctuating between 0 and 1 degrees Celsius.

By 8:40 am, the snow had stopped falling, with 1 cm having accumulated at the CWB weather station on Yushan that morning. According to the bureau, precipitation is continuing to fall, but it is a mixture of sleet and ice pellets.