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Mother wrestles river otter after daughter, dog attacked inside home in South Lakeland, Florida

17-year-old Gwyn Ewert

17-year-old Gwyn Ewert
An alarming attack sent a girl to the hospital with multiple bite marks from an otter. The outraged otter forced its way into a home leading a mother to take action to make sure her family was safe.

We don't often hear about aggressive river otters, but by fighting its way inside a home in South Lakeland, experts said this otter was definitely not acting normal.

"My husband's like, 'Case, you just alligator wrangled an otter in the living room!'" said Casina Ewert, the victim's mother.

The otter learned that you don't mess with a mother's instincts.

"I think life is full of surprises, and you should just be ready for whatever," said Casina.


Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rain triggers flooding, landslides in São Paulo, Brazil - month's worth of rain in 3 hours

São Paulo floods

São Paulo floods
Torrential rain has caused flooding and landslides in the Greater São Paulo area, Brazil.

The state government said some places recorded more rain in 3 hours than normally seen in the entire month of February. According to Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia (INMET), Brazil's met agency, Barueri recorded 145.8mm of rain in 24 hours to 10 February. Mirante de Santana in São Paulo City recorded 121.8mm during the same period.

The rain caused the Tietê and Pinheiros rivers to overflow, with levels of the Pinheiros River at their highest for 15 years, according to the Empresa Metropolitana de Águas e Energia (EMAE).


Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Supply chain disruptions will explain away food shortages

Chinese container ship
© MarineTraffic.com/Elbwasser
Supply chains and container goods moving across the world's oceans are beginning to stall. 80% of goods delivered globally are delivered by sea, and of that Asia has 80% of the globe's largest container ports. Container traffic is down 23% in just three weeks. So ask yourself what is delivered via Asian routes to your stores. Record cloudiest days in Russia, Record cold San Diego and Record snow Newfoundland, Canada.


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Airplane

Violent jet stream helps bring Boeing 747 across the North Atlantic in record time - less than 5 hours

ba 112
The currently ongoing very dynamic pattern over North Atlantic and Europe resulted in some remarkable records within commercial flights! The Boeing 747 of British Airways (flight BA112) from New York on its way to London most likely set the new subsonic flight speed record of travel time across the North Atlantic.

Due to the exceptionally favorable wind within the powerful westerly jet stream, it arrived in London in just 4 hours and 56 minutes. Normally, the average travel time between New York and London is around 6 hours and 13 minutes. According to Flightradar24, if this data is confirmed, the British Airways now retakes the fastest subsonic New York-London crossing from Norwegian airliner.

See what a violent jet streak can produce over the North Atlantic - a very dynamic pattern and therefore deep cyclones with significant sea waves towards western Europe:


Cloud Precipitation

Storms and floods prompt emergency declarations in Washington and Oregon

Flooding closed the Interstate 84 in Oregon. Some vehicles were left stranded.
© Oregon State Police
Flooding closed the Interstate 84 in Oregon. Some vehicles were left stranded.
Storms and heavy rain in the North West of USA have prompted the governors of Washington and Oregon states to declare emergencies.

Flooding has closed roads and led to evacuations in both states. Residents trapped in homes in remote areas of Umatilla County were evacuated by Oregon Army National Guard helicopter.

Washington

Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued emergency proclamation for 20 counties due to flooding and winter weather.

"The effects of this severe winter storm event continue to impact the life, health and property of individuals in this state, as well as the property and infrastructure of Washington state, and is a public disaster that affects the life, health, property or the public peace," Inslee said in the proclamation.


Snowflake Cold

Most snowfall for January in Cape Breton, Canada since records began 150 years ago

Nathan Quinn of Alder Point clears the sidewalk in front of J. Francis Investments on George Street, Sydney, Friday. A record 179.8 cm of snow was registered at the Sydney airport in January, the most since records have been kept dating back to 1870.
© Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post
Nathan Quinn of Alder Point clears the sidewalk in front of J. Francis Investments on George Street, Sydney, Friday. A record 179.8 cm of snow was registered at the Sydney airport in January, the most since records have been kept dating back to 1870.
There has been no snow month like January — at least for 150 years.

Ian Hubbard, an Environment Canada meteorologist, said 179.8 cm of snow was registered at the Sydney airport in January, which is an all-time record.

"Records go back to 1870," he said. "It broke the previous record which was 163.03 cm in 1965."

Five January days registered at least 15 cm of snow and last year only five days registered that amount all winter.

In terms of snow accumulation, records at the Sydney airport from December, January and February, the most snowfall recorded was in 1965 — 426.1 cm. So far this year through December and January there has been 217 cm of snow.

Snowflake

Winter storm brings up to 15 inches of snowfall in just 8 hours to Minnesota

snow fall
A town southwest of Mankato reported more than 15 inches!

It snowed hard for a solid eight hours or so across southern Minnesota and the result is as much of a foot of powder accumulating in some locations. But there's one clear-cut winner with Lake Crystal - just southwest of Mankato - reporting a massive 15.5 inches.

As of 12 p.m., most of the snow has ended outside of some flurries or light snow. Generally, it appears that the Mankato and Rochester areas picked up 7-10 inches while slightly higher totals accumulated in southwest Minnesota, near Marshall.

The metro area (leaderboard for the metro further down in the story) had varying totals, with lower amounts on the north side and higher totals in the southern suburbs.


Windsock

Snow and ice set to hit UK after chaos caused by Storm Ciara

Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, in the wake of Storm Ciara
© Sky News
Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, in the wake of Storm Ciara
Parts of the UK could see blizzards and up to 20cm of snow after the weekend chaos of Storm Ciara.

More than 20,000 homes are without power after Sunday brought flooding, evacuations and travel disruption as winds reached 97mph and some areas saw a month and a half's rainfall in just 24 hours.

UK Power Networks said more than 18,500 households across the east and southeast of England are still without electricity, while Western Power Distribution reported more than 2,800 households remain without power.

The Environment Agency has issued 164 flood warnings across England, meaning immediate action is required. Another 267 flood alerts are also in place.

Monday brings the threat of further disruption, with a number of yellow weather warnings from the Met Office.
  • A warning for strong winds in southern England between 10am and 7pm
  • A warning for snow and ice in the north of England between 3pm and midnight
  • A warning for wind and snow across Scotland all day

Comment: Storm Ciara's hurricane-force winds batter UK transport


Camera

Photographer captures one of the last 'burkitshi' females who hunts with eagles

Woman hunts with eagle
The nomadic tribes of western Mongolia have used the golden eagle to hunt for some 4,000 years. Today, only 10 women still practice the skill of hunting with eagles.

The tribes of the Altai region have trained young men and women in the art of hunting with golden eagles for centuries. While training to master this rare skill the hunters form a strong bond with their eagles.

Known as burkitshi, golden eagle hunters were historically male — the ancient art being handed down from father to son. Women did eventually break through the cultural "glass ceiling" and became excellent burkitshi.

However, the number of female hunters has plummeted to only ten.

Snowflake

Winter storm brings over 50 inches of snowfall in 24 hours to Rabbits Ear Pass, Colorado

Winter Park Resort's snow stake maxed out during Friday's heavy storm.
© Winter Park Resort
Winter Park Resort's snow stake maxed out during Friday's heavy storm.
Heavy snow closed roads across the county Friday, with some parts of Grand seeing more than 30 inches of accumulation.

The National Weather Service recorded 32.5 inches of snow at Berthoud Pass in the last 24 hours. Winter Park saw 30 inches and Grand Lake got 18 inches.

Rabbits Ear Pass has accumulated over 50 inches in the past day.

Meteorologist Joel Gratz of OpenSnow.com is reporting 30 inches at Winter Park Resort from the storm. He predicted a dry day Saturday, with another storm coming in Saturday night through Monday.


Comment: Also in the region: 'This is a truly historic storm' - 3 feet of snow falls on Vail Mountain, Colorado