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World weather news, April 2014

A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) panel has concluded that Cherrapunji in India now holds the world record for two-day (48-hour) rainfall, with 2493 mm recorded on 15–16 June 1995. This rainfall total exceeds the previous world 48-hour rainfall record of 2 467 mm associated with the passage of a tropical cyclone over the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion (France) in April 1958. La Réunion, which is frequently hit by tropic cyclones and receives large amounts of rainfall over its mountains, continues to hold the record for the most rainfall over periods of 12-hours and 24-hours (in 1966), as well as 72-hours and 96-hours (in 2007). The WMO Commission of Climatology international panel of experts reached its decision following an in- depth investigation of the Cherrapunji rainfall event for it to be included in the WMO World Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes, the official international listing of weather and climate extremes.
Residents of the Solomon Islands were hit by flash flooding which killed over a dozen people and left thousands homeless. Water supplies and sewer systems have been badly damaged and destroyed. The flooding is the worst in the country's history and has led to around 52,000 people losing their homes.
Severe thunderstorms and some tornadoes ignited across portions of Kansas and Missouri Wednesday night and Thursday, starting off the first major severe weather outbreak of the spring season. Through Friday, severe weather swept across Arkansas, cutting power to more than 22,000 people. Storms that tracked across Arkansas Thursday night left more than 50,000 Entergy customers without electricity for a time, the utility reported. These storms had an extensive history of flooding with inches of rain causing water to flow into the streets across several towns in southern Indiana Thursday night. Only one tornado was reported Wednesday when a storm chaser spotted a brief rope tornado near Elk City, Kan. Eight more twisters were reported Thursday, spanning from northeast Texas to southern Illinois. No injuries or fatalities were reported on either day.
An abnormally strong storm system brought rounds of heavy rain and severe weather to parts of central and northern Argentina on Sunday to Monday with some heavy rainfall continuing Tuesday. At least three people have been killed by the severe weather across Argentina. This same storm system brought more than 50 mm in less than 6 hours to the Buenos Aires area, leading to flash flooding. Rosario, to the northwest of Buenos Aires, reported severe thunderstorms that brought wind gusts around 100 km/h along with hail and heavy rainfall. Farther to the southwest, Neuquen received record setting rainfall as the storm brought days of rain to the area. Rainfall totalled more than 250 mm at Neuguen airport since the start of April, more than than they normally receive in an entire year (175 mm).
Tropical Cyclone Ita made landfall near Cape Flattery Queensland Friday evening local time. Ita weakened rapidly before reaching land, but it still contained sustained winds of 90 to 105 mph at the time of landfall, according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology. As the center passed over Cape Flattery, a wind gust to 96 mph was measured. However, the instruments failed before the stronger northern eyewall passed over the station. Also, according to the Australia Bureau of Meteorology, a minimum pressure of 955 mb was recorded. Very heavy rain was widespread across Queensland's northern peninsula. Cooktown has recorded 165 mm of rain by Saturday afternoon, local time, while Cairns had received 132 mm by early on Sunday. Ita is the strongest storm to hit since Cyclone Yasi, which struck in 2011. Previously classed as a category-five storm, Ita was downgraded by the BOM to category four and then to category three when it hit the Cape York Peninsula,
Detroit has officially broke the record of their snowiest winter ever with an annual snowfall of 94.8 inches. The previous record was set during the 1880-81 winter season with an annual total of 93.6 inches of snow.

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Last updated 21 March 2014.

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