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Lightning strike on high-voltage power line kills 20 in Congo

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Twenty people were killed Wednesday when a lightning strike damaged a high-voltage power line in a suburb of the Congolese capital Brazzaville, the local mayor and witnesses said.

The mayor of Kintele, Stella Mensah Sassou Nguesso, told state radio that seven bodies had been sent to a nearby morgue and another 13 to a mortuary in the capital.


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Spring snowfall covers northern Albania

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As the saying goes, 'April showers bring May flowers'. But many areas around the world just enjoyed an unexpected April treat-snow showers! Over the past few weeks, the weather fluctuated from chilly and damp to warm and spring-like. With a few recent days of sunshine and warmer temperatures, a handful of plants responded to Nature's call for Spring. But clearly, Winter was not ready to let go.

Heavy falling of snow has been recorded this Wednesday in many counties of Albania.

As a result of this blizzard, 5 cm of snow have accumulated in different districts of northern and 20 cm in mountainous areas, but other remote areas have sustained a thickness of 60 cm and lower areas of 20 cm.


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Snow hits Portugal during spring

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A mass of polar air from Central Europe brought snow to the interior of the country. A help to those who also stay at home there.

The snow "started out weak on Monday afternoon, it looked like it was going to disperse", tells NiT Carlos Andrade, who lives in a village near Guarda. But on Tuesday, March 31, the villages in this and other districts in the interior woke up to an image that was already a little out of season: completely covered in white.

Even for the thousands of Portuguese who are at home, it was impossible not to notice that the last day of March started, all over the country, colder. It is to blame for a mass of polar air coming from Central Europe that has led to a drop in temperature, rain and even snow in several places. There are cut roads and snow-covered villages, which facilitates the common goal these days: to avoid going as far as possible.


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Another storm in Murcia and Alicante, Spain results in muddy conditions delaying crop harvest

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This is already the third heavy storm recorded in Murcia and Alicante since the start of the autumn and winter season, which accounts for the largest volumes of vegetable production in Europe. These climatic adversities come at a bad time for the field, which for about two weeks has been adapting to the limitations and difficulties derived from the spread of the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

In some areas of Murcia, more than 100 liters per square meter of rain have been recorded in less than 24 hours, while in the province of Alicante, the regions of Marina Alta and Vega Baja recorded more than 50 liters per square meter. There has also been a lot of rain in the province of Valencia and in Almería, but the rivers have not overflowed.

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Heavy snowfall, strong wind and coronavirus isolate northernmost Norway

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No spring in the north: European route E6 to Finnmark is closed due to snowy storms and alternative drive through Finland is not allowed with closed borders.

Bad weather with heavy snowfalls and low viability have stopped traffic at the only road to Finnmark over Kvænangsfjellet mountain.

Organized convoy driving behind a snow-plow and even fully closed roads are nothing new for drivers inside the Arctic Circle in wintertime. This March, though, has been exceptional with record amounts of snow, and one storm followed by the other.

"We have very demanding driving conditions and have many closed roads both in recent days and throughout this winter," says Siril Veiåker Nilsen with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to news-agency NTB.


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This isn't an April Fool's joke - snow in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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A bitterly cold northerly wind, freezing temperatures and snow, yes snow, greeted Dubrovnik this morning as April opened with extreme weather.

The hills and mountains in the wider Dubrovnik region have a dusting of snow, like icing sugar on a birthday cake, and still the sleety snow start to fall. The current temperature in Dubrovnik is a chilly 3 degrees and with the northerly wind the real feel is unbelievably minus 6 degrees!

Comment: Further north in the same country on March 31st much deeper snow was evident:




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Lightning bolt kills two in Rwanda

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Residents of Nyabihu District on Monday evening discovered bodies of two persons who are suspected to have been struck by lightning during the weekend heavy downpour.

The bodies were found in a cow barn where the victims had sought shelter during the downpour.

According to accounts by some residents from Basumba cell in Bigogwe Sector where the incident took place, they had experienced heavy downpour notably on Saturday in which thunder would be heard.

The executive secretary of Basumba Cell, Justin Gashegu said that the incident took place over the weekend, however, noting that the bodies were not found on time due to the lockdown that the country is currently observing amid coronavirus pandemic.

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Ongoing drought in Brazil, Argentina threatens crucial crop harvests

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FILE PHOTO: Although not as extreme, parts of northern Argentina, only recorded 30 percent to 65 percent of their normal rainfall during the month of March.
An unusually dry end to the summer season across parts of South America is expected to impact the harvests of important crops in the region.

"Rainfall averaged below normal across much of southern Brazil, including [the states of] Rio Grande Do Sul, Santa Catarina, for the month of March, and in many instances the entire summer season," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

Some major cities in these states include Porto Alegre, Santa Maria and Florianopolis, although even Curitiba in Parana had a drier-than-normal month of March.

Comment: All over the planet erratic seasons and extreme weather are devastating harvests and have been for a number of years resulting in depleted stocks, this, coupled with the draconian and unfounded coronavirus lockdown measures means there's a good chance many countries could be looking at significant food shortages in the near future: UK's empty supermarket shelves: Panic is not the problem

It's also worth noting that there is good evidence the Americas are subject to cyclical megadroughts during times of planetary cooling, as happens to be the case today: A warning from ancient tree rings: The Americas are prone to catastrophic, simultaneous droughts


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Environmental disasters across the world in March 2020

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At least 42 people die in floods, landslides caused by heavy rains in southeast of Brazil

The third month of 2020 saw numerous environmental disasters that impaired climate change and vice versa, including a deadly tornado in the U.S., landslide in Brazil and heavy rains in Pakistan.

Here is a look at the global environmental disasters during the previous month.

March 3:

- At least 19 people die in the U.S. state of Tennessee as a result of a heavy tornado that also causes major damage to buildings, roads, bridges, utilities, and businesses.

- Some 900 people are displaced after flash flood destroys houses in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

March 4:

- Hundreds of people are either displaced or left isolated after floods in northern parts of Namibia, according to local media reports.

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Large waterspout filmed in Alabama as storms rip through southeastern states

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A large waterspout was reported in Mobile Bay, Alabama, on March 31 as severe storms moved across the state.

Strong to severe storms were forecast for southeastern Alabama on Tuesday, with the National Weather Service (NWS) issuing multiple tornado warnings. The NWS said it had received several reports of significant structural damage south of Eufaula.

Kelly Woods told Storyful she filmed this video in Mobile Bay on Tuesday. Local media reported that Mobile County was one of several areas that remained under tornado watch on Tuesday afternoon.


Credit: Kelly Woods via Storyful