Skygazers got a special treat Feb. 19 as the “super snow moon” – the largest supermoon of 2019 – glowed overhead.
Skygazers got a special treat early Tuesday as the “super snow moon” – the largest supermoon of 2019 – glowed overhead.
Social media users are sharing their photos with the hashtag #snowmoon and #supermoon. Here are some of our favorites:
Photo by @LOrtizPhoto_OCR, Twitter2. Albert Park, Victoria, Australia
Photo by @davidcollinsphotography, Instagram3. New York City
Photo by @socaboy77, Instagram4. Providence, Rhode Island
Photo by @MikeCohea, Twitter5. Portland, Maine
Photo by @jmiltonphoto, Instagram6. Miami Beach, Florida
Photo by @arielitorose, Instagram7. Great South Bay, New York
Photo by @greatsouthbayimages, Instagram8. Southern Wisconsin
Photo by @TomPurdyWI, Twitter9. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Photo by @NancyFromCanada, Twitter
Two Clydesdales are safe after rescue workers saved them from a frozen lake in Pennsylvania.
According to WNEP, the horses, named Gunther and Wilhelm, escaped from their home at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Hamilton Township early Saturday. They eventually found the frozen lake and walked onto the ice, then fell into the frigid water, the station reported.
Rescuers were able to save the horses by cutting a trench into the ice using chainsaws, WNEP reported. Officials then led the horses back onto dry land.
The horses are back at home, where they are receiving treatment from Cross River Veterinarians, Quiet Valley said in a Facebook post updated Sunday morning.
"Wilhelm is being treated for some superficial bumps and bruises," the post said. "Gunther is looking fine and happy. Both are eating well and enjoying the sunlight. Thank you all for your support. It looks like both will make a full recovery."
A teen from Amesbury, Massachusetts, was killed in a snowmobile crash in Maine, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.
The department said the crash happened at 10:50 p.m. Saturday on Thompson Lake in Poland when two snowmobiles were heading down a plowed portion of the lake in an area known as "The Heath."
The lead snowmobile, driven by 17-year-old Troy Marden, failed to navigate around a corner in the road and struck a snowbank, and Marden was then ejected from the snowmobile.
The driver of the second snowmobile tried to help the victim before going for help, but Marden was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Maine Warden Service is investigating the crash, which was Maine's fifth fatal snowmobile crash of the season.
Meanwhile, Amesbury High School released a statement, mourning the loss of Marden. The full statement can be read below:
"It is with deep regret and sadness that we inform you about a tragic loss to our school community. On Saturday, February 16th, senior Troy Marden was killed in a fatal snowmobile accident. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school community. Amesbury Public Schools has a team of professionals prepared to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel in difficult times such as this. Tomorrow, Monday, February 18th, we will have counselors available at the Amesbury High School cafeteria from 1-4 pm for any student, staff or community member who may need support as a result of this loss. Should you or your child need assistance before our counselors are available tomorrow at 1 pm, we’d recommend reaching out a mental health professional. Again, we are deeply saddened by our loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with Troy’s family and friends."
Apparently, not even paradise is safe from winter's chill.
Although the islands' mountains occasionally get snow, the state's Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a Facebook post Sunday that snow fell at a state park "for perhaps the first time ever."
"Polipoli State Park on Maui is blanketed with snow," the post said. "It could also be the lowest elevation snow ever recorded in the state. Polipoli is at 6,200 feet elevation."
One video, taken by Evan Mazingo and shared by KHON-TV, quickly went viral, with tens of thousands of views on Instagram.
A pregnant woman from Massachusetts and her unborn child were killed in a snowmobile crash in Maine, according to Maine Game Warden Cpl. John MacDonald.
Elizabeth Abelson, a 30-year-old Gloucester native, was snowmobiling on a trail near Irish Neighborhood Road with her husband shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday when game wardens say she lost control of her snowmobile.
Game wardens say Abelson was ejected and struck trees, and she and her unborn child, due in early March, were pronounced dead at Stephens Memorial Hospital.
MacDonald said the couple had recently purchased a 2019 Ski-Doo Grand Touring snowmobile that Abelson had been driving at the time of the crash, and she was wearing a helmet.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Have you seen videos of people throwing boiling water into the air to watch it freeze instantly? It’s the latest viral challenge, and it’s sending people to the hospital.
Within the last few weeks, parts of the United States have been affected by the polar vortex, which occurs when circulating winds from the northern pole travel southward and cause below freezing temperatures.
To test just how cold the weather has been, folks have been tossing boiling water into the sky to turn it into tiny ice crystals.
Eight people who took part in the challenge have been treated at the burn center of Chicago's Loyola University Medical Center, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The patients treated range in age from 3 to 53, and they’ve had injuries to their feet, arms, hands and face with varying degrees of burns.
A burn can penetrate all layers of the skin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can leave it charred with white, black or brown patches. Symptoms of severe cases can include persistent pain and redness, swelling, fever, blisters that are larger than two inches or that ooze. Doctors may treat burns with bandages, antibiotics or even tetanus shots.
The stunt hasn’t only affected those throwing the water. Witnesses of it have been affected, too. The water can blow back and burn those watching if a gust of wind suddenly comes.
“We strongly warn people to not perform the boiling water challenge,” Loyola burn surgeon Arthur Sanford told the Chicago Sun-Times. “There is no safe way to do it.”
As frigid temperatures continue in parts of the country, police are warning car owners to not leave their vehicles unattended while warming them up.
In Washington state, Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer told Seattle's KIRO-TV that in the past two days, 30 percent of stolen cars were due to owners running their vehicles unattended.
On Monday, one victim told KIRO that she was washing her dog in the back while she had her van warming up. Someone saw the van running, got inside and tried to drive off. After seeing the suspect, she yelled at her and the suspect ran away. The victim then chased after the suspect and deputies tracked down the suspect.
“I felt like the van moved a little bit and it sounded and felt like somebody was getting to the vehicle,” said victim Ingra Aamodt. “I leave it out here running all the time. You know, who’s going to steal a mobile van?”
After Monday’s scare, Aamodt said she’ll make sure all her doors are locked.
“Even if you’re watching your car from your front door, somebody could hop right in your car and be gone,” said Aamodt.
Deputies are giving out a warning before the weather system later this week that is expected to bring snow to western Washington.
“That was one of the ones we got lucky on, but that also could have been something even worse,” said Troyer. “Starting your car, leaving your keys in your car? Bad idea.”
The only total lunar eclipse this year and next came with a supermoon bonus. On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear.
Astronomy buffs got a special treat Sunday as a combined lunar eclipse, blood moon and supermoon added a red glow to the night sky.
Social media users are sharing their snapshots with the hashtag #SuperBloodWolfMoon. Here are some of our favorites:
Photo by @PatrickDillons, Twitter2. New York City
Photo by @maximusupinnyc, Instagram3. Austin, Texas
Photo by @zandi_photography, Instagram4. Toronto
Photos by @TorSunphoto21, Twitter5. Walland, Tennessee
Photo by @OneLanePhoto, Twitter6. Colorado
Photo by @jason_odell, Twitter7. Birds Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada
Photo by @ryanlucenkiw, Instagram8. Olin, Iowa
Photos by @BillWeirCNN, Twitter9. Martinez, California
Photo by @jcfphotog, Twitter10. New York City
Photo by @guygabriel57, Instagram
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