World weather review: February 2018

World weather review: February 2018

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 13:19
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At the Start of February, Cyclone Fehi sparked evacuations and a state of emergency along New Zealand's west coast.

Moscow saw its heaviest snowfall in a day on the 3rd Feb, with more than half the monthly average snow.  2,000 trees were brought down and air travel was disrupted.

The heaviest snowfall since 1987 also caused travel chaos across northern France, with 15 cm of snow in Paris, causing significant travel disruptions and closing the Eifel Tower for a number of days. Snowfall of this magnitude only occurs in Paris every 10 to 20 years.

A winter storm lead to widespread disruptions across the northeastern United States on the 7th  / 8th Feb, with the heaviest snow falling from central Ohio to the coast of Maine with many locations across interior New England measuring over 6 inches of accumulation.

Powerful Storm Gita caused widespread damage to Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand.

Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Kelvin battered Western Australia's Kimberley region on the 18th

Cape Town, South Africa, continues to be plagued by severe drought, with the water level at just 25.5%.

At least 17 people were killed on the 19th after being buried by debris when heavy rain caused a large mound of garbage to collapse in Mozambique's capital. A weather station in Maputo recorded nearly 90 mm of rain in 24 hours.

At least five people were killed as a strong storm system caused flooding, hail and high winds in central and southern US states on the 24th - 25th. Three people also died in Kentucky, Arkansas and Michigan as tornadoes ripped through the state.

The impact of the cold weather was felt across Europe from the 25th onwards, although not as severely as in the Baltic states. Schools were disrupted across Italy and Romans woke to the rare sight of the capital city covered in snow - the heaviest snowfall in Rome in six years and the largest for the end of February in decades. Temperatures in Moscow dropped to nearly -20°C, the coldest night of the Russian winter so far. In Germany, a record temperature for this winter of -27°C was recorded in Zugspitze, the country's highest peak. In Romania, temperatures plunged to -8°C. In Croatia, more than 1.5 metres of snowfall fell in places.

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