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Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: 9 must-see photos of the celestial light show

The annual Leonid meteor shower peaked this weekend, offering a stunning natural light show.

>> On AJC.com: Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: How to see this weekend’s celestial spectacle

Skygazers took to social media to share their photos of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

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1. Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @gareth_mon_photography, Instagram

2. South Stack, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @bigolivesphoto, Instagram

3. Cannon Beach, Oregon

Photo by @lestertsaiphotography, Instagram

4. Coleman, Alberta, Canada

Photo by @bound_for_mountain, Instagram

5. Blauen, Germany

Photo by Stephane Vetter, Facebook

6. Lone Mountain, Big Sky Resort, Montana

Photo by @davepecunies, Instagram

7. The Rumps, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Photo by @chrisfletcherphotography, Instagram

8. Oregon

Photo by @thezachhayes, Instagram

9. Llyn y Dywarchen, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @_belial, Instagram

Photos: California wildfires kill dozens, destroy entire town

Dozens of people are dead as wildfires blaze through northern and southern California. Officials say the entire town of Paradise was destroyed.

North Carolina mom charged after son dies in Hurricane Florence floods

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.

>> Watch the news report here

>> On WSOCTV.com: Body of missing 1-year-old swept away by floodwaters found in Union County

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. 

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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. 

This type of weather could increase your heart attack risk, study says

There are several factors that could increase your heart risk, including a poor diet and obesity. However, the weather may also contribute to that risk, according to a new report

>> On AJC.com: Eat this meat twice a week to avoid heart attacks and strokes

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. 

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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.

>> On AJC.com: You can avoid strokes and heart attacks with these two household fruits, study says

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. 

Canada earthquakes: Several quakes reported near Vancouver Island

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).

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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.

Orionid Meteor Shower 2018: 7 stunning photos of nature's light show

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.

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Social media lit up with images of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Glacier National Park, Montana

Photo by John Ashley Fine Art Photography, Facebook

2. Standen, East Grinstead, England

Photo by @simon_halstead, Twitter

3. Japan

Photo by Kouji Ohnishi, Facebook

4. Normanton, England

Photo by @Michiko_Smith, Twitter

5. Iceland

Photo by @clukinmarvelous, Instagram

6. Long Island, New York

Photo by @GSBImagesMBusch, Twitter

7. Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Photo by @charnick_wx, Twitter

Outlook for winter 2018-19 suggests warmer season ahead — for most

NOAA officials released their winter weather outlook for the 2018-19 season Thursday, predicting a mild winter for much of the United States. The reason: El Niño. 

>> Wind, moisture could produce snowflakes Saturday

NOAA forecasters say El Niño has a 70 percent to 75 percent chance of developing. While a weak El Niño is expected, it is still likely to influence the weather pattern across the United States. 

Typical El Niño winters bring wetter conditions across the southern United States with a warmer, drier pattern for much of the north. El Niño is an ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to periodic warming in sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific. 

>> Live Doppler 7 Radar | Interactive 

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said the effects of El Niño in the Miami Valley can vary, but typically winters tend to be drier than normal with slightly less than average snowfall. 

During the last weak El Niño in the winter of 2014-15, the Miami Valley saw record low snowfall amounts during December, but wound up only slightly below average for the entire winter. The temperature trend saw wild swings from month to month. 

February 2015 went in the record books as the fourth coldest in Dayton. Elwell said while the coming winter could trend to be slightly warmer than average overall, it is likely we'll have similar, significant, but perhaps short-lived outbreaks of cold. 

>> 5-Day Forecast

Other climate patterns that can affect winter weather are challenging to predict on a seasonal time scale. 

The Arctic Oscillation influences the number of arctic air masses that penetrate the South and could result in below-average temperatures in the eastern part of the United States. 

The Madden-Julian Oscillation can contribute to heavy precipitation events along the West Coast, which could play a large role in shaping the coming winter, especially if El Niño is weak as forecasters predict. 

Elwell said it is important to note that NOAA’s seasonal outlooks give the likelihood that temperatures and precipitation will be above, near or below average, and how drought conditions are expected to change. 

The outlook does not project seasonal snowfall accumulations. 

Snow forecasts are generally not predictable more than a week in advance. Even during a warmer-than-average winter, periods of cold and snowfall are still likely to occur.

Freeze warning issued for Tuesday morning in much of the region

Freeze warning is in effect from 3 to 9 a.m. Tuesday for Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties. 

» LISTEN: Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: A podcast for weather fans 

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds to break as temperatures drop overnight
  • Frost, potential freeze likely by Tuesday morning
  • Sunshine returns, remaining cool this week 

>> Freeze Warning Issued: What you need to know

» How to protect your pumpkins from frost and cold weather 

DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: Clouds will slowly break as winds diminish, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the lower 30s. Areas of frost will be possible. A freeze is possible, especially in rural areas. 

Tuesday: Morning frost and freeze is possible with a freeze warning in effect from 3 a.m. until 9 a.m. Expect widespread frost in the morning. Otherwise sunny and cool, dry conditions expected in the afternoon with highs in the middle 50s.

» Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

Wednesday: Expect mostly sunny skies and cool temperatures hovering in the middle 50s. 

» 5-Day Forecast

Thursday: After another frosty morning, a sunny day is expected with highs again in the middle 50s.

» County-by-County Weather

Friday: Clouds will be on the increase with a chance of showers, especially in the evening. Windy at times with highs in the upper 50s.

Saturday: Lots of clouds, with blustery conditions. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

» Stay up-to-date with the WHIO Weather App

Proceeds from 40-pound, $2,000 pizza will go to Hurricane Florence victims

40-pound pizza you can only find in New York City goes for $2,000.

>> Watch the news report here

However, the owner of Champion Pizza said every penny he makes off the cheeseburger pie will go toward Hurricane Florence victims in North Carolina.

>> On WSOCTV.com: GOP lawmakers say they're ready to OK $800M in Florence aid

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.

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"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.

Florida man accused of defrauding FEMA of thousands of dollars after hurricanes, tropical storm

As people in Florida are struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, a Jacksonville man is wanted on allegations of defrauding FEMA of thousands of dollars.

>> Watch the news report here

Lepoleon Spikes is accused of claiming damage to different homes in Jacksonville for three separate storms.

>> Visit ActionNewsJax.com for the latest on recovery efforts in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath

A grand jury indictment claims he provided FEMA with fraudulent lease agreements as proof of damage.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: 17 Florida DCF workers fired over emergency food stamp applications

Documents say Spikes was awarded thousands of dollars after Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, as well as Tropical Storm Debby.

“You’re taking from people and families that really need the money,” said Scherlinda Bennett, who says her home was flooded during both Matthew and Irma.

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ActionNewsJax went to one of the homes where Spikes supposedly lived, but learned that was years ago. The home’s current owner claims it never had storm damage.

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