A storm system that has brought wet weather over the past several days throughout central Europe turned damaging.
A landslide in the Alps near the Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz derailed three cars on a passenger train. The Associated Press reported that 140 people were on board at the time of the accident and as many as 11 were injured.
According to the AP, the landslide hit the train as it was traveling between two tunnels along a valley.
A train photographed in the Alps of Switzerland in 1980. (Switzerland (Flickr/Alain GAVILLET)
Areas across Switzerland received intense rainfall. Some of the highest totals over the last day include, Locarno-Monti: 135 mm, Cimetta: 106 mm, Magadino: 94 mm, San Bernadino: 72 mm, Grono: 54 mm and Hinterrhein: 54 mm.
Also on Wednesday, French officials told the AP that six french climbers died in a fall after attempting to climb Mount Blanc. High winds reportedly played a factor in their deaths.
After a period of above-average temperatures dominated most of the Midwest and Northeast during much of April thus far, a complete reversal in the weather pattern is evolving this week.
A new round of thunderstorms will bring the risk of severe weather across parts of Texas and Oklahoma to the lower Mississippi Valley by the middle of the week.
Due to the positive feedback, the National Weather Service has expanded their former, experimental Impact Based Warnings to include the Southern region for the spring of 2015.
As residents are far from over with the recent cold winter across the Great Lakes, Mother Nature will bring the return of snowflakes to the region this week.
Global warming and climate change, two terms that are treated synonymously in most media coverage and casual debate, have been shown to spark different reactions from the American public.
Following strong to locally severe thunderstorms in part of the South Central states at midweek, the risk of violent storms will increase over the region on Friday.
Lander, WY (1963)
20" snow; many livestock perished.
Havre, MT (1967)
17" of snow.
Midland, TX (1989)
101 degrees -- first 100 degree or higher reading in April since 1930.