The heavy storm clouds have left Chile, but not before unloading flooding rain and burying mountain snow.
The storm left one person dead and 231 people injured, the emol.com website said in translation on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a full meter of new snow was measured by one ski operator near Santiago. Lifts were open as of Wednesday at Ski Portillo, although the highway linking the slopes to cities in Chile and Argentina was closed, the resort website said.
Snowfall since Monday was put at 39.4 inches, or 100 cm. The storm lifted seasonal snowfall to 49.6 inches, or 126 cm, according to the website.
Ski slopes above Farellones, a resort town along the Andes east of Santiago. Up to one meter of snow buried the area between Monday and Wednesday, May 27-29, 2013. (image credit: Direccion Meteorologica de Chile website)
Resorts at Farellones, east of Santiago, were also hit with heavy snow, although falls were not immediately known.
Flooding was a problem for coastal and valley cities of central Chile, following the two-day rainstorm, which left 50 to about 150 mm (2-6 inches) of rain. "Streets turned into rivers" in Santiago, snarling traffic, emol.com said in translation.
Flooded homes were reported, as was a flooding of coastal roads, owing to a "heavy storm surge."
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The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!
North of the expected Monsoon low, moist, rain-cooled air should flow northward to the Himalayas, even westward into the Indus Valley of Pakistan, the result being scattered downpours along with a break in the pre-Monsoon heat next week.
In justifying the declaration of Monsoon onset, the IMD cited widespread rainfall, some heavy, throughout Kerala; deep, vigorous southwesterly winds over the southern Arabian Sea; and the widespread high cloudiness as measured by satellite.