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March-April 2009

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Global Weather Highlights 2008: Snow, Flood, and Drought

Atropical cyclone that devastated Myanmar headlined a year that also included severe wintry weather across southern Asia, drought in the Middle East and Argentina, major monsoon flooding in northern India, and tropical storms and hurricanes that hammered Haiti and Cuba.

A Wintry Start to the Year
Unusual cold spread across Asia in January 2008. Crippling snowstorms led to billions of dollars in damage across China, and winter storms that tracked unusually far south affected areas that were unprepared for heavy snow. As a result, the cold and snow disabled transport, harmed crops, and worsened a coal shortage, forcing power plants to shut down.               

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