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Two dogs kill man in Madera, California

canine attack
© Angela Antunes / CC by 2.0
The Madera Police Department is looking for the owner of two dogs that attacked and killed a man.

It happened Monday near a dry riverbed along Cleveland Avenue and Raymond Road.

Police say when officers got to the scene, they found the body of 38-year-old Lasaro Macedo. He had obvious bite marks to his arms, legs and face, police say.

As officers tried to investigate, an aggressive dog charged at the officers.

Snowflake Cold

Record cold temperatures across Ontario, Canada

BlackburnNews.com file photo
© Blackburn News
BlackburnNews.com file photo
Some records go back to 1873

Weather summary for Ontario and the National Capital Region issued by Environment Canada
Wednesday 13 November 2019.

A very cold arctic airmass made its way across Ontario bringing record low temperatures. The airmass also resulted in snow squalls near Lake Huron.

Summary of record low daytime minimum temperatures in degrees Celsius:

Toronto Pearson International Airport
New Record of -13.9
Old Record of -9.6 set in 1986
Records have been kept since 1937

Hamilton Airport
New Record of -14.1
Old Record of -9.6 set in 1986
Records have been kept since 1959

Snowflake Cold

Historically early and deadly Arctic blast breaks U.S. cold records set more than 100 years ago

Baby it's very cold outside

Baby it's cold outside
It was literally freezing in Florida and Alabama while parts of Maine, Michigan and New York were digging out from a foot of snow Wednesday as a historically early and deadly Arctic air mass gripped much of nation.

Records, some dating back more than 100 years, were toppled as the front continued its ferocious roll for a third day.

The entire state of Alabama was under a freeze warning as temperatures dipped into the 20s and below, breaking records at more than 100 locations.
The National Weather Service in Mobile citing the "widespread, significant freeze" for Alabama and Florida's Panhandle, urged residents to protect exposed pipes, keep pets warm and check on neighbors.

In Florida, the average low temperature for November in Pensacola is 50 degrees. It was 20 degrees colder Wednesday morning.

"30 here near Pensacola Beach," tweeted resident Robert Pooley. "Hate it!"

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 12 people in separate incidents in Sindh, Pakistan

Rising incidents of lightning strikes in Sindh have prompted fear amongst citizens as at least 12 people have been killed in Sindh, according to police and hospital sources.

Seven people lost their lives in Thar's Chhachhro area, another four people were killed and two children sustained critical burns in Sanghar, a city in Sanghar district, and a youth in Kandhkot was also pronounced dead.

Authorities have urged motorists, commuters and citizens to take caution when driving or travelling during rainy weather.

Cloud Grey

Hole punch cloud observed over North Carolina

hole punch cloud in NC
What is this? The photo was taken on Old Mountain Road in Iredell County. Several images of the same thing have appeared on Facebook.
Images showing a mysterious circular gap that appeared in the clouds over a North Carolina highway have ignited a scramble for explanations on social media, including the possibility it was created by a UFO.

North Carolina TV station WBTV was the first to post a photo on Monday, with an explanation that viewer Phil Lambert of Lenoir submitted the photo taken on Old Mountain Road in Iredell County.

The photo shows what appears to be a near perfect circle in the clouds.

Not long after, photos from other people began to appear on Facebook, with some commenting — perhaps tongue-in-cheek — that the shape was not unlike the gap that might be left by a descending flying saucer ... or a cloaked USS Enterprise (a Star Trek reference.)

"ALIENS!" wrote Dan Ciaccio on Facebook.

"Wow! Looks like a scene from Independence Day!," posted Jennifer Brady Ellis, referring to the 1996 alien invasion movie.

Comment: In March this year residents in the United Arab Emirates spotted a 'rare' hole punch or fallstreak cloud, the first there in a decade.

Observations globally of this cloud phenomena are increasing. In recent times other sightings have appeared over Canada, Southern California, UK, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Other strange cloud anomalies also seem to be appearing world-wide with higher frequency and intensity. Factors which may contribute to these 'strange skies' are atmospheric dust loading from increased comet and volcanic activity and changes in the layers of the atmosphere. See also:

Cloud Grey

Parts of South Island, New Zealand 'snapping back to winter' with 0C morning

Central Otago's Alexandra was feeling the cold this morning.
Central Otago's Alexandra was feeling the cold this morning.
Summer might be 18 days away, but it is feeling like winter never left in some parts of the country.

Central Otago and Alexandra woke to a cool Tuesday morning, with temperatures dropping down to 0 degrees Celsius. That was in contrast to the warm highs of last week, where some areas hit the 30s.

MetService meteorologist Tahlia Crabtree said it would have felt like they were "snapping back to winter".

Parts of the South Island were below 10°C on Tuesday morning - Queenstown got down to 1.6C, but it felt like -1C, according to the MetService website.

Snowflake Cold

Fresh heavy snowfall dumped on Austria - up to a metre deep

Cars also have to be scooped free

Cars also have to be scooped free
Many roads impassable. Thousands lose power. Schools closed.

In the Lesachtal there are so far about 70 cm (27½ inches) of fresh snow.

In Großkirchheim there are almost 60 cm of fresh snow, in Heiligenblut a meter.
All schools and kindergartens in Heiligenblut, Großkirchheim, Mörtschach, Winklern and Flattach are closed. Many access roads are impassable, so school buses can not drive. 80 fitters of KELAG are in action.

Comment: It should be noted that the first snow actually fell in the country 2 months ago (and significant amounts at that!), see also:

Snowflake Cold

Typical January weather in Sweden - Except it is November

Winter heavily attacks Scandinavia. In Sweden, the largest November snowstorms in 40 years.

In Sweden we have typical January weather (except it is November), especially in the central part of the country. A first-degree warning was issued for: Värmland, Dalarna (except Dalafjällen), Gävleborg except for coastal areas and Jämtland. It began snowing on Sunday, and an additional 20 cm of snow can fall during the day.

According to the services, this may be the earliest such a strong winter attack has hit Sweden before mid-November in 40 years. After a wave of snowstorms, the mercury in the northern and central parts of the country will fall to -20 degrees by mid-week.

Snowflake Cold

Winter Already? Snow, deep freeze from Rockies to East Coast


Snow on Buffalo
An arctic air mass that brought snow and ice to an area stretching from the Rocky Mountains to northern New England on Monday was poised to give way to record-breaking cold temperatures.

In mid-Michigan, three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash that the Eaton County sheriff's department attributed to heavy snowfall. And in Kansas, the highway patrol reported that a truck lost control on an icy highway and slammed head-on into another truck, killing an 8-year-old girl in the other vehicle.

In Chicago, where as much as 6 inches of snow fell, an Envoy Air flight from Greensboro, North Carolina, slid off an icy runway at O'Hare International Airport as it tried to land at about 7:45 a.m.

None of the 38 passengers and three crew members were injured, according to the city's aviation department.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods and snowstorm slam north Algeria

Flash floods in Bouzeguene, Algeria 12 November 2019.
© Civil Protection Algeria
Flash floods in Bouzeguene, Algeria 12 November 2019.
At least 1 person has died and 3 were rescued after flash floods in Algeria on 12 November.

Severe weather affected wide areas of the country from 11 November, brought by a storm system informally named 'Medicane Trudy'.

Strong winds with gusts of 90 km/h, storm surge and high waves were reported along the Algerian coast. An orange alert was issued by for several provinces including M'Sila, Batna, Khenchela, Biskra, Bejaia, Jijel, Skikda, Annaba and El Tarf.

A snowstorm was reported in Sidi Bel Abbès province on 11 November. Military personnel were deployed to assist the local community, Algeria Press Service reported.