A mammoth winter storm that struck only Monday evening and buried some parts of Colorado under historic record snowfall began to leave the state Tuesday afternoon. It’s headed towards neighboring Nebraska to inflict its snowy misery on the Cornhusker State.
Colorado weathermen, however, are keeping their eyes on a second snowstorm system expected to arrive Friday. They predict a cold and dry Thanksgiving with lots of snow.
Monday’s winter storm dumped historic snowfall on Boulder and Fort Collins, said local TV station CBS4. Weathermen said many areas along the Front Range experienced the most snow in three years. Among these were the community of Drake with 33 inches of snow; Livermore with 32 inches; and Coal Creek Canyon with 30 inches.
Colorado officials reported the highest snow totals took place in the foothills of Boulder and Larimer Counties where snowfall hit 3 feet in some areas. Denver International Airport (DIA) officially reported 7 inches of snow as of 5:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Hundreds of flights to and from DIA were canceled Tuesday as maintenance crews worked feverishly to clear heavy snow from runways. DIA is the largest airport in North America by total land area and the second largest in the world.
More than 1,100 passengers were forced to spend Monday evening at the airport due to the heavy snowstorm, said airport spokeswoman Alex Renteria. She said airport employees handed out blankets, baby formula and diapers to stranded passengers while restaurants stayed open past their usual closing time to serve those stranded.
DIA reported 475 flights cancelled Tuesday. Airport crews deployed snowplows, sand trucks and 20 other types of equipmenty to clear and keep the runways open on Tuesday.
Oddly, and despite the snowstorm, most ski areas in Colorado have seen less snow than Denver and the Front Range. Local media said there is still plenty of fresh powder on the mountains ahead of Thanksgiving.
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You’ve never seen a Thanksgiving like that before.
The Albuquerque area shattered the previous record for snowfall in what was the snowiest Thanksgiving in the city’s history.
And it wasn’t even close.
By mid-day Thursday, there had been 3.9 inches recorded at the Albuquerque International Sunport, which is the city’s official climate site, said Alyssa Clements, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
That measurement far surpassed what had been the previous snowiest Thanksgiving, which was way back in 1934 when the city had 1.5 inches of snow on Thanksgiving, she said.
“We’re easily going to set a new record for Thanksgiving day,” Clements said.
And the airport’s reading was actually one of the lower snowfall accumulations recorded in the city, Clements said.
The entire city was blanketed with 4 to 6 inches of snow. Several places on the West Side recorded 7 inches, she said.
The area around Academy and Tramway had a whopping 8 inches of snowfall by Thanksgiving afternoon. That was the highest recording in city limits.
The last time Albuquerque had a white Thanksgiving was in 2010, when there was a paltry-by-comparison 0.3 of an inch of snow.
Clements said other areas in the state also saw lots of snow.
Sandia Park had between 10 and 12 inches of snow, Glorieta had over 9 inches and Santa Fe had between 6 and 8 inches.
Despite the high amount of snowfall throughout the state, roads conditions stayed relatively good throughout the day. By Thursday afternoon, the New Mexico Department of Transportation had upgraded driving conditions from difficult to fair.
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At least 3 people have died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.
The landslide occurred in Walapane, about 17 km north east of the city of Nuwara Eliya, on 30 November, 2019. One person is thought to be missing.
Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) says that stormy weather and heavy rain has been affecting wide areas of the country over the last few days.
Around 9 locations in the country recorded more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours to 01 December, 2019. Periya Pandivirichchan in Vavuniya district recorded 238mm and Yodha Wewa in Mannar District recorded 231 mm of rain during the same period. Further heavy rain of up to 150mm is likely, according to Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology. Strong winds of up to 80 km/h are also possible.
According to DMC over 4,100 people have been affected by the weather, in particular in Batticaloa and Ampara in Eastern Province. and Mannar in Northern Province. Almost 570 people have moved to safe locations after flooding in Batticaloa District.
Power supply has been cut to around 5,000 people after strong winds downed cable across the country. Roads have been blocked at several locations due to landslides or flooding.
Sri Lanka’s Irrigation Department said that the flood gates of at least 10 reservoirs have been opened.
DMC has urged the public to pay close attention to the weather forecasts and to be vigilant about the disasters in the area to minimize the damages caused by inclement weather.
Heavy rain has also been reported in southern states of India, including Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
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Flooding in Chihuahua, Mexico, 28 November 2019. Photo: Government of Chihuahua
Heavy rain has affected parts of northern Mexico over the last few days, with severe flooding reported in the states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua. Sonora and Baja California states were also affected.
One person died after being swept away by flash floods in the municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua on 28 November, 2019.
The state government said it will request an Emergency and Natural Disaster Declaration for severe rains in 14 municipalities. As much as 141mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 28 November in Urique, which along with the municipalities of Batopilas, Chínipas and Morelos, was among the worst affected areas. According to Chihuahua Civil Protection, around 200 people were evacuated after floods and landslides in Batopilas, Chínipas and Urique municipalities.
In Sinaloa the governor, Quirino Ordaz Coppel requested a state of emergency for the municipalities of Culiacán, Elota, San Ignacio and Mazatlán. Schools have been closed across the state. Over 50 people were evacuated in Coyotitán in San Ignacio.
Flooding caused severe damage in the city of Mazatlán, with streets flooded to roof height of vehicles. Roads in the area, including the Mazatlán-Culiacán highway, have been closed. Mazatlán recorded 195mm of rain in 24 hours to 29 November.
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Flood rescues and evacuations in Terengganu, Malaysia, November 2019. Photo: Government of Malaysia
Flooding in Terengganu State in eastern Peninsular Malaysia has displaced over 2,000 people according to disaster agencies.
Floods hit the area after heavy rainfall from 27 November. Parts of Besut District recorded as much as 400mm of rain in 24 hours on 29 November. The Besut river in the district exceeded danger levels on 29 November, standing at 35.20 metres (danger mark is 35m) near Keruak. The Dungun in Kuala Jengal was also above the danger mark (21 metres), standing at 22.45 metres as of 30 November, 2019.
A total of 2,296 people from 648 families have been evacuated to relief centres in the districts of Besut (1,148 people), Setiu (553), Hulu Terengganu (112) and Dungun (483).
They are being given temporary shelter at 40 flood relief centres which have been opened in four districts, with 21 of the centres in Besut.
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Landslides in Bundibugyo district in Western Region, Uganda, November 2019. Photo; Uganda Red Cross
Landslides in Bundibugyo district in Western Uganda have affected around 4,000 people and destroyed almost 350 homes.
Landslides have affected the district since mid-November. On 13 November, Uganda Red Cross said areas of Bundibugyo Town council as well as Tokwe, Bukonzo and Busaru sub-counties were all affected.
Recent reports from Uganda media said say that 349 homes have been destroyed and 4,000 people affected. According to the reports, the worst hit areas are Bundimulinga and Hikitara villages in Tokwe sub-county, Hamutoma, Humya villages in Bundibugyo and Buhundu in Bukonzo sub-county.
Affected communities are in need of shelter, wash facilities, food and other supplies, according to the Red Cross.
Roads have been cut and several bridges in the affected area destroyed, disrupting the transport network. Crops have also suffered damage.
At least 3 people died in nearby Kasese District, Western Region, after a house collapsed due to a landslide that occurred after a heavy on 30 October, 2019.
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