Snow settles in Las Vegas, NV, USA (21 Feb 2019/AP)
America’s so-called Sin City might be renamed Snow City after a series of snowfalls this month that will go down in the weather history books.
Las Vegas, Nevada has recorded snow on four days this February with 2 cm today – enough to make a snowman – the first significant snowfall since 2008.
Highways became icy by late afternoon leading to dozens of crashes but police reported no serious injuries.
Heavy snow (about 30 cm) also fell in northern Arizona and the mountains of southern California where it fell as low as 300 metres above sea level in the Los Angeles foothills.
Dozens of vehicles submerged by floodwaters on Interstate Highway 45 in Houston, Texas, USA (AP)
Authorities fear at least 20 have died and many others are missing following torrential rains in Texas which led to flash flooding.
Houston had about one-quarter of its yearly rainfall in less than 24 hours which swamped neighbourhoods and major highways with hundreds of drivers forced to abandon their vehicles.
A dam southwest of Dallas is bursting at the seams but officials believe it will hold.
Forecasters say more rain is expected over the next few days.
Ana made landfall as a tropical storm near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA on Sunday morning producing a dangerous surf along beaches and more than 50 mm rain.
The remnants of Ana continued moving northeast and today moved into the Maritimes bringing a fair bit of rain.
By late afternoon in Greater Moncton, the sky really opened up and rain fell heavily for about 15 minutes or so.
Environment Canada was forecasting about 15 mm of rain today for Southeast New Brunswick.
Tornado devastation in Washington, Illinois, USA, 18 Nov 2013 (Twitter)
Meteorologists say two tornadoes which touched down on Sunday in the state of Illinois, USA have been given ratings of EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale – one in the city of Washington and the other in the village of New Minden.
These twisters are now the strongest November tornadoes on record in Illinois where peak winds reached 300 km/h.
Almost 50 tornadoes touched down across the American Midwest and Ohio River Valley.
The clean up is well underway as cold Arctic air settles in over the region.
Vehicles submerged by flooding near Greeley, Colorado, USA, 14 Sept 2013 (AP)
Historic flooding in the state of Colorado, USA has left at least 6 people dead and more than 500 missing according to emergency management officials.
The state has asked the federal government for up to 20 counties to be considered disaster areas so they will be eligible for relief.
Heavy rains have caused rivers and streams to overflow and the deluge has also led to ten oil spills.
The hardest hit areas have been north and east of Denver, Colorado’s state capital.
A car buried in mud after flooding in Chilpancingo, Mexico, 19 Sept 2013 (AP)
The rare one-two punch from Hurricane Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid have left a death toll of more than 100 people in Mexico according to the Reuters news agency.
Manuel has broken down and is now simply a low pressure system heading for Texas, USA which is actually welcome news for the drought-stricken state.
However, it brought astounding rainfall amounts of between 200 and 300 mm which caused widespread flooding and mudslides over mountainous terrain.
The Pacific coast resort cities of Acapulco and Mazatlan were among the hardest hit regions of the country and the cleanup is now underway.
Ingrid began strengthening in the Bay of Campeche after crossing the Yucatan Peninsula and slammed communities along the Gulf of Mexico as a strong tropical storm.
Image courtesy Weather Underground
Tropical Storm Beryl closed in on the southeastern U.S. coast on Sunday, dumping rain and whipping up heavy surf from northern Florida to South Carolina.
The second named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to make landfall with possible wind gusts to hurricane force, according to the U.S. Hurricane Centre.
Computer forecast models show Beryl moving on an eventual path back out over the Atlantic after coming ashore, posing no threat to U.S. oil and gas installations in the Gulf of Mexico.
Forecasters say it is expected to weaken to a depression by Monday night.
Snow in Denver, Colorado, USA, 26 Oct 2011
In less than 36 hours, Denver, Colorado, USA went from a record high of 27 C to a winter wonderland with as much as 15 cm of snow in the so-called “Mile High City”.
The early wet snow has snapped tree branches still carrying fall foliage.
Branches have knocked down power lines causing outages to more than 100,000 customers.
Travel through the foothills and nearby Rocky Mountains has been treacherous with more than 30 cm of snow reported in some areas.