High-impact of weather and climate events in February 2010


The information summarized has been culled from international press reports and is indicative only. For official information, including final statistics, readers are advised to contact the National Meteorological Service of the country in question.

Heavy rains, floods, flash floods, landslide, monsoon, storm, lightning
Bolivia, France, Portugal, Spain,  Saudi Arabia

At least 14 people were killed and over 28 000 families badly affected by heavy rains triggered by the El Niño phenomenon. It forced authorities to declare a state of emergency in the departments of Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and Beni.

France, Spain
At least 22 people were killed in France and three in Spain in a storm that blew across Europe.

Not less than 42 people died in floods and mudslides on the popular Madeira Islands.

Saudi Arabia
Heavy rainfall in Mecca submerged some districts and streets in Islam's holiest city, raising fears of a repeat of deadly floods in neighboring city.

Blizzards disrupted activities in the nation's capital as well as Georgia, Texas, and South Carolina, as more than a foot of snow caused 200 traffic accidents, hundreds of canceled flights, and leaving thousands of homes without power.

Drought, Water shortage

El Niño-linked drought negatively affected Uribante reservoir that feeds a hydroelectric dam, the power source of the nation.


The worst heatwave to hit Rio de Janeiro in 50 years killed 32 as recorded temperatures rose above 40 degrees Celsius.

Dense Fog

Dense fog engulfed parts of Abu Dhabi reducing visibility level at Al Dhafra region in Al Gharbia to 50 metres, while in Al Ain to 200 metres.

Snow storm, severe cold, avalanche
Afganistan  Sweden, USA

Not less than 150 people were killed in a northern mountain pass hit by a series of avalanches.

A severe snowstorm plagued southern and central parts bringing heavy snowfall, icy conditions that buckled a great number of roofs in the country due to the weight of snow.

A major snowstorm disrupted life in the densely populated northeastern parts forcing the closure of New York schools and causing transport delays. In Florida, Iguanas pythons and other non-native species were freezing to death as temperatures plummet in the Sunshine State.


Over 320 000 people were evacuated as a tsunami triggered by Chile's earthquake hit the Pacific coast, triggering fears of destructive waves across the rest of the vast "Ring of Fire".

Cyclone Rene

Rene struck the main island of the south Pacific island nation of Tonga, causing vast damage to homes and power lines, particularly in the north.

Cyclone Oli
French Polynesia

Swelling ocean waters driven by Cyclone Oli killed at least one person on the South Pacific archipelago.


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