A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday — causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people.
A winter storm system is slamming the South this weekend, bringing snow, ice and sleet to the region – especially the Carolinas. The dangerous mix also knocked out power to tens of thousands of people.
Stunned Southerners, journalists, meteorologists and even comedian Patton Oswalt took to social media to share their photos and videos of the wintry mix. Check out some of them below:
Video by Patton Oswalt2. Old Fort, North Carolina
Photo by @moaleck, Twitter3. Raleigh, North Carolina
Photo by @lazarusrang, Twitter4. Watauga County, North Carolina
Video by @Cmoore704, Twitter5. Apex, North Carolina
Photo by @MsRosales_AFMS, Twitter6. Lubbock, Texas
Photo by @pup_smudge, Twitter7. North Raleigh/Wake Forest, North Carolina
Photo by @jencan823, Twitter8. Asheville, North Carolina
Video by @DHenryTV, Twitter9. Cary, North Carolina
Video by F@FeistyFeminista, Twitter10. Durham County, North Carolina
Photos by the Durham County Sheriff's Office
A winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, bringing blizzard-like conditions that grounded hundreds of flights and forced the closure of major highways on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
The annual Leonid meteor shower peaked this weekend, offering a stunning natural light show.
Skygazers took to social media to share their photos of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:
Photo by @gareth_mon_photography, Instagram2. South Stack, Wales, United Kingdom
Photo by @bigolivesphoto, Instagram3. Cannon Beach, Oregon
Photo by @lestertsaiphotography, Instagram4. Coleman, Alberta, Canada
Photo by @bound_for_mountain, Instagram5. Blauen, Germany
Photo by Stephane Vetter, Facebook6. Lone Mountain, Big Sky Resort, Montana
Photo by @davepecunies, Instagram7. The Rumps, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Photo by @chrisfletcherphotography, Instagram8. Oregon
Photo by @thezachhayes, Instagram9. Llyn y Dywarchen, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom
Photo by @_belial, Instagram
Dozens of people are dead as wildfires blaze through northern and southern California. Officials say the entire town of Paradise was destroyed.
Authorities filed criminal charges against a North Carolina woman for driving around barricades on N.C. Highway 218 last month during Hurricane Florence, an act that led to the drowning of her 1-year-old son, officials said.
Dazia Ideah Lee, 20, of Charlotte, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and a misdemeanor charge of driving on a closed/unopened highway.
They said the mother continued driving on N.C. 218 until her vehicle came across rushing water flowing across the road. Her car left the road but eventually stopped among a group of trees at Richardson Creek near New Salem.
Authorities said the mother was able to free herself and Kaiden Lee-Welch from the vehicle, but she lost her grip on him in the rushing water.
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden recently conducted a study, published in JAMA Cardiology, to determine the association between different weather conditions and the incidence of cardiac arrest.
To do so, they examined 3 million weather data points from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and more than 275,000 heart attacks from the country’s online cardiac registry. They looked at the data from 1998 to 2013.
After analyzing the information, they found that days with below-freezing temperatures, which is 32 degrees Fahrenheit and below, had the highest incidence of heart attack. The rates of heart attacks declined when temperatures rose to about 37 degrees.
The analysts also calculated that each temperature increase of 13 degrees Fahrenheit was linked to a 2.8 percent decrease in heart attack risk and that the association between snowy, windy weather and heart attacks was strong, particularly in the northernmost region.
“In this large, nationwide study, low air temperature, low atmospheric air pressure, high wind velocity, and shorter sunshine duration were associated with risk of myocardial infarction [heart attacks], with the most evident association observed for air temperature,” the authors wrote. “This study adds to knowledge on the role of weather as a potential trigger of myocardial infarction.”
The analysts said there are several physiological mechanisms that could explain the relationship between weather and cardiac arrest. They believe the cold temperatures can constrict the blood vessels in the heart, which they said could “induce plaque fracture.” They added “season-dependent behavioral patterns” like less physical activity, dietary changes and depression, may also contribute to higher occurrences of heart attacks during colder months.
How can you lower your risk? The researchers recommended reducing cold exposure by staying inside and wearing warm clothes. To learn more about findings, take a look at the full report here.
Three powerful earthquakes, as well as several smaller ones, struck late Sunday and early Monday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, near Vancouver Island, the U.S. Geological Survey is reporting.
According to the USGS, the first quake – magnitude 6.6 – hit about 10:39 p.m. PDT about 135 miles (218 kilometers) southwest of Port Hardy, Canada. It occurred at a depth of about 6.8 miles (11 kilometers).
Less than 40 minutes later, a second quake with a recorded magnitude of 6.8 struck nearby, about 122 miles (197 kilometers) southwest of Port Hardy. It occurred at a depth of about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers.)
A third 6.5-magnitude quake was reported at 11:22 p.m. PDT about 138 miles (223 kilometers) southwest of Port Hardy. Its depth was also about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).
Several smaller quakes followed, including a 4.9-magnitude temblor at 11:36 p.m. PDT.
No damage or tsunami warnings have been reported.
The Orionid meteor shower, which occurs from Oct. 2 to Nov. 7 every year thanks to debris from Halley's Comet, peaked this weekend, offering stunning light displays in the night sky.
Social media lit up with images of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:1. Glacier National Park, Montana
Photo by @simon_halstead, Twitter3. Japan
Photo by Kouji Ohnishi, Facebook4. Normanton, England
Photo by @Michiko_Smith, Twitter5. Iceland
Photo by @clukinmarvelous, Instagram6. Long Island, New York
Photo by @GSBImagesMBusch, Twitter7. Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Photo by @charnick_wx, Twitter
A 40-pound pizza you can only find in New York City goes for $2,000.
However, the owner of Champion Pizza said every penny he makes off the cheeseburger pie will go toward Hurricane Florence victims in North Carolina.
The pizza has five layers and takes a lot of preparation.
It’s so big that at least two people have to load it into the oven, and the pizza has to be split in half to fit.
The pizza is sold at seven locations across New York City.
"I wish or I hope like someone who likes pizza and makes $100,000 – you never know – maybe someone will buy that,” owner Hakki Akdeniz said.
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