Rare August snowfall blankets swathes of Chile’s Atacama desert

Rare August snowfall blankets swathes of Chile’s Atacama desert

A rare August snowfall blanketed swathes of Chile's Atacama desert on August 25, 2021, with parts of it reportedly receiving as much as 82 cm (32 inches). "This does not occur yearly. Maybe a relatively important snowfall like the one today can happen…

Severe storms hit Chile with hail and record rainfall

Severe storms hit Chile with hail and record rainfall

Severe weather affecting south-central Chile since January 29, 2021, left more than 170 000 people without power and dozens of homes damaged or destroyed. Severe weather, including strong winds, hail, and heavy rains impacted parts of southern-central Chile over the…

Extremely rare, large tornado hits Los Angeles, southern Chile

Extremely rare, large tornado hits Los Angeles, southern Chile

A large tornado formed in Los Angeles district of Bio Bio region, southern Chile during the afternoon hours (LT) of May 30, 2019, causing significant damage and multiple injuries. The tornado formed just before 18:00 LT and was preceded by strong winds and large…

Floods destroyed 346 homes, severely damaged 427, Chile

Floods destroyed 346 homes, severely damaged 427, Chile

Chilean authorities said floods affecting the country since late January 2019 destroyed 346 homes and left 427 severely damaged as of February 15. Over 1 000 people have been displaced and at least 6 killed, ONEMI said. 1 person was killed in Arica y Parinacota, 2…

Record rain, floods hit Argentina and Chile

Record rain, floods hit Argentina and Chile

Storms and heavy rain caused severe flooding in Santa Cruz province, Argentina and Magallanes Region in Chile between April 3 and 5, 2018. The flooding has 'paralyzed the city of Río Gallegos,' the Santa Cruz provincial government said. Evacuations…

Rare Chile snowstorm leaves one dead, 337 000 homes without power

Rare Chile snowstorm leaves one dead, 337 000 homes without power

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain, big waves and rare snowfall affected 14 of Chile's 15 regions on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The storms left at least one person dead, two seriously injured and about 337 000 homes without power in capital Santiago….

Intense rains and snowstorms hit central and southern Chile

Intense rains and snowstorms hit central and southern Chile

Intense rains and snowstorms affecting central and southern Chile since June 15, 2017 have left at least 4 people dead, 3 000 homeless, more than 45 000 customers without power and nearly 10 000 without drinking water. Most of those displaced live in the southern…

Deadly floods hit Atacama and Coquimbo, Chile

Deadly floods hit Atacama and Coquimbo, Chile

Heavy rains affecting Atacama and Coquimbo regions of Chile since May 12, 2017, have caused widespread floods, left at least 2 people dead and forced 3 000 people to evacuate. Both Coquimbo and Atacama are on Red Alert. La Serena, the capital of Coquimbo region…

Unseasonal rains cause deadly flooding, cut water to millions, Chile

Unseasonal rains cause deadly flooding, cut water to millions, Chile

Heavy, unseasonable rains have caused major floods and mudslides in Chile, leaving at least 3 people dead and 19 missing on February 25 and 26, 2017. In the area of country's capital, Santiago, mudslides have cut off water to around 1.2 million homes. Thousands…