High-impact of weather and climate events in March 2008


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
France, India, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom, USA

France and United Kingdom
A severe storm hit southern England and northern France, killing at least two people in Brittany.

At least nine persons were killed in off-season rains in southern and coastal districts of Tamil Nadu.

Flooding disrupted freshwater supplies to thousands of people in the south-west.

At least 13 were killed and three others missing after heavy rains pushed rivers and creeks out of their banks and flooded roads in Arkansas, southern Illinois, southern Indiana and south-western Ohio. Schools were closed.

High wind/high waves
Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Uganda

Austria, Czech Republic and Germany
Gale-force winds that hit parts of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic killed at least eight people and disrupted transport networks and power lines.

Strong winds and waves up to 8 metres high hit the beach front of San Sebastian.

Violent winds carrying thick yellow dust brought business in Arua to a halt, tore of roofs and caused road accidents.

Drought, forest fire, unseasonable warmth
Australia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominican Republic, Israel

Thousands of farmers suffered from severe drought. Fire ravaged a rainforest in the north-west of Tasmania.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Abnormally dry and mild conditions hampered the growth of some crops.

Dominican Republic
Drought caused water supplies to some 3 million people in Santo Domingo to be cut.

A shortfall in water supply due to limited rainfall affected more than 70 per cent of the population.

Heavy snow, heavy fog, avalanche
Canada, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA

Heavy snowfall, strong winds and blizzards cut electricity to tens of thousands of people in Ontario and Quebec and disrupted traffic.

The worst winter storms in half a century brought down power lines and disrupted transport of fuel, resulting in losses of some US$ 2.25 billion. Snowstorms in Sichuan affected more than 60 000 people and 4 000 heads of livestock.

Heavy snow caused the death of hundreds of livestock.

An avalanche killed five people near the border with China.

United Arab Emirates
Heavy fog disrupted air traffic.

United Kingdom
Millions suffered in blizzards and snow in the coldest month of March in more than 40 years.

Heavy snow up to 20 inches and ice hit several states. Two people were killed, schools closed and traffic was disrupted.

Severe storm

Cyclone Jokwe

Jokwe killed eight people and destroyed thousands of homes.


A tornado killed two people in north-west Georgia and injured two in north-west Louisiana.


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