A sudden pressure difference between Greenland and northern Europe triggered a massive Arctic cold blast that plunged temperatures to historical records throughout Europe. The extreme cold arrived less than a week after a local record-warm period at the final days of March.
The thermometers in Capanna Margherita, Italy plunged to -33,2°C, while Novi Vasi, Slovenia registered an all-time national record of -20°C. The UK was also hit by a new national April cold record with -6°C, just a few days after an all-time record for March of -15,4°C in Eskdalemuir. And while we are there, the Alps also reported the coldest April outbreak in history.
Very low temperatures with record-breaking cold and damaging frost were also reported in parts of France, Germany, and Croatia.
A cold blast from the Arctic Ocean pushed Alaska into a deep freeze breaking two records for snowfall and low temperatures in two consecutive days. The historic storm ranked among the most intense snowfalls since records started. The snow cover reached as far south as Oklahoma.
Extreme cold temperatures with substantial snowfall totals to match hit the Moscow region this month, the weather conditions were akin to those suffered in the depths of winter. At the same time, the Easter region of Russia registered the greatest snow cover for April.
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Typhoon Surigae became the most intense April tropical cyclone on record and battered the eastern Philippines with 190mph winds and intense rain. Parts of East Nusa Tenggara Province saw more than 20 inches of rain in 2 days.
Heavy rain and flooding also affected the central and northern areas of Colombia triggering landslides and damaging homes, thousands of families were affected.
Hail as large as softballs battered portions of Texas and Oklahoma, leaving behind shattered windows on cars and in homes. It was the second billion-dollar disaster this year in Texas.
Hundreds of new sinkholes have been reported in Konya Province, Turkey since the start of the year, almost double the number registered last year.
All this and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for April 2021.