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Dog attacks, kills infant sleeping with parents in Hampton, Virginia

dog attack
Authorities are investigating after a reported dog attack claimed the life of a baby early Monday morning.

Hampton police were called around 3:15 a.m. to respond to a report of "a vicious canine that had killed an infant" in the first block of Scotland Road, officials said. Responding officers found a "small infant that had sustained injuries consistent with a canine attack," according to the Hampton Police Division.

The infant's parents said they were sleeping in their bed with the child when "a large amount of motion" woke them, investigators said. The child's father told police that when he woke, he saw "extensive injuries to the child" and immediately euthanized the dog.

Comment: The last 9 months has seen an extraordinary number of fatalities as a result of canine attacks on people right across the world, many by trusted, long-time family pets. As human behavior becomes increasingly crazy perhaps this is being echoed in the animal kingdom? And not least by those creatures most chiefly associated with man?

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Newborn baby killed by dog in Hamilton, New Zealand

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Witnesses to the aftermath of a dog fatally attacking a newborn baby say nothing could've prepared them for what they saw.

Emergency services rushed to the child's aid on Sunday evening after they were bitten by a dog at an address in the Hamilton suburb of Enderley. They were then transported to Waikato Hospital with critical injuries.

On Tuesday morning, police confirmed the baby had died overnight and the matter had been referred to the Coroner.

The baby was just one day old at the time and the mother was still wearing her hospital band.

Snowflake Cold

Record low temps from Idaho to Montana to Wyoming to Colorado to South Dakota

Casper, Wyoming and Denver annihilate previous records.

"Denver's Monday high expected around 17F (-8.3C)," says reader Pieter. "That would be 14 degrees beneath the prior record for lowest high for the date, per Denver Post. That's a pretty good indication of how freaky this storm is given the wide boundaries for Colorado's 'normal' weather variability."

Meanwhile, according to reader Adoni, "Billings, Montana, fell to 16F on Saturday morning, comfortably busting the previous record of 19F set back in 1976 (solar minimum of cycle 20)."

Cloud Precipitation

Jamaica impacted by days of severe weather from Tropical Storm Zeta

The area of Papine to Bull Bay.
© National Works Agency
The area of Papine to Bull Bay.
Over the weekend, Jamaica was pounded by heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Zeta which led to two fatalities, many roads destroyed, residents displaced and calls from locals urging the government to address the concerns over the island's poor infrastructure.

The severe weather began on Friday, October 23, when the Meteorological Service issued a flash flood warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas including St Andrew. The heavy rains resulted in two fatalities after a house was swept away in Shooters Hill, St Andrew. The bodies of the father/daughter duo, Romeo Leachman and his 15-year-old daughter Saneeka Leachman, were found under the remains of his house which was swept away in a landslide.

The conditions continued over the weekend but the bulk at the destruction was done on Sunday when a flash flood warning was issued for all parishes and almost an entire day of rain caused flooding across the island and forced many residents to evacuate their homes and find shelter.

Cloud Precipitation

Typhoon Molave leaves 13 missing, displaces thousands in the Philippines

Upright chair after typhoon

Upright chair after typhoon
A fast-moving typhoon blew away from the Philippines on Monday after leaving at least 13 people missing, forcing thousands of villagers to flee to safety and flooding rural villages, disaster-response officials said.

The 13 people missing from Typhoon Molave included a dozen fishermen who ventured out to sea over the weekend despite a no-sail restriction due to very rough seas. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The typhoon was blowing west toward the South China Sea with sustained winds of 125 kilometers (77 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph). It roared overnight through island provinces south of the capital, Manila, which was lashed by strong winds but escaped major damage.

At least 25,000 villagers were displaced, with about 20,000 taking shelter in schools and government buildings that were turned into evacuation centers, the Office of Civil Defense said, but officials added that some have returned home in regions where the weather has cleared.


8+ inches of snow reported in Vail, Colorado - falling at over an inch per hour

A view of Vail Village on Sunday evening. Snow was falling at rates of more than 1 inch per hour in places.
© John LaConte
A view of Vail Village on Sunday evening. Snow was falling at rates of more than 1 inch per hour in places.
Vail workers headed home to Eagle on Sunday evening reported drive times of more than an hour after snow blasted Interstate 70 in Eagle County throughout the afternoon.

By 9 p.m., nearly 9 inches of snow had fallen in Vail.

Snow was falling at rates of more than 1 inch per hour in parts of Eagle County, and the Colorado Department of Transportation on Sunday night asked motorists to limit or avoid travel if you don't need to be out, "particularly on the I-70 Mountain Corridor."


Washington scientists destroy first murder hornet nest discovered in US

murder hornets nest destroyed washington satate
© AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash.
Finally, some good news this year.

Entomologists in Washington have destroyed the first nest of Asian giant hornets, or murder hornets, as they've become known in our collective nightmares, discovered in the U.S., the Associated Press reports.

Crews clad head-to-toe in thick protective gear, looking like they stepped straight out of HBO's Chernobyl, worked to vacuum the invasive species from the hollow of a tree into bulky canisters on Saturday. If it looks like overkill, remember that these hornets didn't earn such a terrifying nickname for nothing: Their stings have been described as "like having red-hot thumbtacks" stabbed into you, and the suits keep workers protected from their 6-millimeter-long stingers. The crew came equipped with face shields, too. Because did I mention these things have also been known to spit painful venom into people's eyes?

Comment: America's first murder hornet nest found in Washington State


Two October snowfall records broken as Marquette in Michigan records 8 inches of snow Sunday

Marquette snowfall
Marquette snowfall
Snow in October is not entirely surprising in Michigan's Upper Peninsula -- but this much snow is record breaking.

The National Weather Service reported two broken snowfall records at their Marquette office on Sunday.

"We recorded 8.3 inches yesterday, which breaks the old record of 3.1 inches set in 1976! This recent snowfall also established a new monthly snowfall record for the month of October at our office. Total snowfall recorded for the month stands at 19.2 inches! This breaks the old record of 18.6 inches set in 1979. Weather records for the National Weather Service office located in Negaunee Township date back to 1961."

We haven't seen any snow in the Metro Detroit region yet. The Traverse City region has seen some snowflakes already, but nothing noteworthy.

It's only a matter of time, of course, before we start seeing snow in the Detroit area. Temps are continuing to drop as we head into late fall. Lows are in the mid-30s this week.

Snowflake Cold

Parts of western Montana see October record cold temperatures, snow levels

Record cold temperatures
© NBC Montana
Record cold temperatures
Parts of western Montana saw record lows and record snow on Saturday and Sunday.

Multiple records were set in Missoula.

The National Weather Service in Missoula said the snowstorm on Saturday was the biggest October snowstorm in over 100 years with 13.8 inches recorded at the airport.

On Sunday, Missoula felt a low of negative 7 degrees. That number set multiple climate records.


Ebeko Volcano on Kuril Islands, Russia spews ash 3 miles Into sky

Ebeko Volcano

Ebeko volcano
The Ebeko volcano on the Paramushir island, located in the Russian Kuril Islands archipelago, emitted a column of ash about 5 kilometers (3 miles) high into the sky, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) said on Monday.

"The height of the volcanic cloud is 4,000 - 5,000 meters. A moderate eruptive activity of the volcano continues. Ash explosions at an altitude of 6-7 kilometers above sea level can occur at any moment. Current activities can affect low-flying aircraft," KVERT said, adding that the aviation alert-level was set to orange.

Ebeko woke up in 2016 and has repeatedly spewed ash since then.