Share this article:
Spring kicked off with another major snowstorm in the northeastern United States.
Washington, D.C., and New York City were slammed by the fourth nor'easter of the month, bringing travel to a halt and leading to widespread school cancellations across the region. Hundreds of accidents were reported across the region.
More than 8 inches of snow fell in Central Park, breaking a daily record. That amount of snow occurs once every 20 years during this time of year in New York City.
Washington, D.C., received 4 inches of snow before the snow tapered off on Wednesday afternoon.
In the Southeast, one of the largest severe weather outbreaks of the year unfolded early this week. Nine tornadoes were reported across Alabama.
"Considerable" damage was reported at Jacksonville State University and across parts of Jacksonville, Alabama. The tornado ripped roofs off some apartment complexes and dorms. The university announced that it will remain closed until April 2 while repairs take place.
AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer said a multi-vortex tornado was responsible for the damage.
Photos: Spring nor'easter buries DC to NYC, shatters snowfall records
World's largest underwater caverns unveil Mayan artifacts, ancient giant sloth
6 months after devastating Hurricane Maria: How is Puerto Rico recovering?
Tropical Cyclone Eliakim killed at least 17 people in Madagascar last weekend, and the region continues to deal with the aftermath.
The cyclone produced devastating flooding and mudslides.
The Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management announced that the tropical cyclone also affected 15,000 people and destroyed 648 homes while more than 1,000 other homes damaged.
The cyclone produced peak wind gusts near 65 mph (105 km/h) as it made landfall in northeastern Madagascar before weakening as it tracked farther inland then southward.
While intense Tropical Cyclone Marcus churned well off the coast of Australia, more than 150 short-finned pilot whales were found stranded early Friday in Hamelin Bay, Western Australia, located in the country's southwestern tip.
A cause of the stranding is not yet known.
Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Nora formed and will threaten Queensland with heavy rain and wind through the weekend.
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
A natural disaster's threats don't end once the severe weather dissipates.
The lull in the western Pacific Ocean may come to an end next week with a new tropical threat expected to brew near Guam.
On the heels of short-lived Tropical Storm Tara, Mexico remains on high alert as the next tropical threat is expected to ramp up into a hurricane.
Mexico Beach, Florida, was almost completely flattened by Hurricane Michael. However, one home stood high on stilts above the wreckage, appearing largely untouched from the storm.
Eastern Spain is facing the highest risk for flooding from a pair of storms bringing unsettled weather to the Iberian Peninsula and neighboring Africa.
A renewed wave of cold air, locally damaging winds and rain and snow showers will sweep through the midwestern and northeastern United States this weekend.
While stress can become a problem for any healthy adult, medical experts say stress is particularly dangerous for people who suffer from heart disease.