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Watch: High winds toss little girl around like ragdoll, luckily she’s fine

Gusty winds hammered a large swath of the country from the northeast into parts of the Midwest Wednesday.

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In suburban Cleveland 4-year-old Madison Gardner was literally blown off her feet by the howling winds.

The horrifying incident was caught on home surveillance video. Her mother, Brittany Gardener posted the video on social media.

It sure is windy out there! 😂🍃 All I hear is "mommm!" So I looked back and she's pinned between the house and the glass door. She is okay and laughing along with it!Posted by Brittany Gardner on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

“All I hear is ‘Mommm!’ So, I look back and she’s pinned between the house and the glass door,” Gardener said in the post.

Luckily the little girl wasn’t injured

“She is OK and laughing along with it,” Gardener said.

The relieved mom posted the video on Facebook and Twitter with the song, “Come Fly with Me” by Frank Sinatra.

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Must-see: 'Purple rain' lights up Houston sky amid storms

It can neither be confirmed nor denied that Prince was on sky duty over Houston on Monday amid some pretty ridiculous rain.

KTRK compiled an epic slideshow of the ominous yet oddly soothing illumination, but check out what a few other Houstonians captured around town Monday.

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The clouds above the ballpark look good enough to eat! #EarnIt pic.twitter.com/nKgBIPliLR— Houston Astros Orbit (@OrbitAstros) February 21, 2017

After a day of storms, a gorgeous sunset tonight in Houston. from houston <script async src="//embed.redditmedia.com/widgets/platform.js" charset="UTF-8"></script>

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You can read more about the light wave length and color spectrum here.

Northern lights mesmerize tourist drivers in Iceland

Police in Iceland are warning drivers to stop staring at the sky and to keep their eyes on the road after a series of traffic stops involving erratic drivers.

Officers pulled over at least two drivers recently on suspicion of drunken driving, only to discover the tourists had been mesmerized by the flashing and colorful northern lights, according to Iceland Magazine, which described it as “under the influence of the Aurora.”

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One of the drivers told police he just couldn’t stop looking at the northern lights.

In the second incident, police pulled over a car filled with tourists veering across the highway. It turns out the foreign visitors were completely sober, but so captivated by the Aurora Borealis they told officers they couldn’t drive responsibly, the magazine reported.

The Aurora Borealis, known as the northern lights, and the Aurora Australis, or southern lights, are a result of the collision between electrically charged particles with Earth’s upper atmosphere, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

The phenomenon produces colorful light that flashes across the sky, producing one of the most amazing light shows nature has to offer.  

 

Reports: Tornado strikes New Orleans area

The New Orleans area was struck by severe weather Tuesday morning, including reports of a tornado.

According to NOLA.com, there are reports of damage after a tornado struck New Orleans East. 

Severe weather is continuing in the region.

This is a developing news story, return for updates.

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Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, predicts 6 more weeks of winter

Punxsutawney Phil, the chubby rodent meteorologist from Gobbler’s Knob, saw his shadow Thursday morning and predicted six more weeks of winter. 

In lore that dates back 130 years, if Phil emerges from his hole and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of cold weather, while no shadow means an early spring.

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But Phil has some competition. Georgia's Gen. Beauregard Lee, New York's Staten Island Chuck and Tennessee's Chattanooga Chuck all predicted an early spring Thursday.

The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a warmer than normal February for most of the U.S. That warmth will continue for much of the South through New England into April.

So how accurate is Phil? Several computer whizzes have done the calculations.

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According to a 2015 Washington Post analysis of 30 years of forecasts in more than 200 cities, Phil was “technically right more times than not in some cities.”

“Even though Phil’s predictions proved correct for some areas of the country, the difference in average temperatures between years he predicted an early spring and years he did not varied by no more than a few degrees,” The Post found.

The National Centers for Environmental Information also released a report this week that looked at February and March temperatures compared to Phil’s past forecasts.

The number crunching found “no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of this analysis.”

5 things you should know about the Great Blizzard of 1978

The Great Blizzard of 1978 struck the region with force on Jan. 26, 1978, when more than a foot of snow fell on the region, setting a single-day record that still stands.

Here are five things you should know about the event and its aftermath:

» PHOTOS: 53 images that show just how impactful the Blizzard of 1978 was

» MORE MEMORIES: Great Blizzard of 1978 paralyzed region

1. The area record for single-day snowfall was part of the blizzard. On Jan. 26, 12.2 inches of snow fell on the region, which remains a single-day record. Second place on that list is 11.5 inches, which fell on Dec. 22, 2004.

2. Many people had trouble doing the most basic things. The massive snowfall of Jan. 26 was part of more than 40 inches of snow in the month, which created snowdrifts up to 25 feet high.

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3. Traveling was a significant challenge. As one example, the Miami University basketball team was returning from a game in Toledo and couldn't make it past Vandalia, so the team stayed in the Vandalia city jail.

4. Dozens died from the events. The death toll from this storm climbed to more than 70 people, with 51 of those deaths in Ohio.

» LOCAL MEMORIES: Where were you, and what was your experience?

5. Mail couldn't be delivered for the first time in 65 years. The great 1913 flood was the last time the postal service failed to do regular rounds.

75-year-old woman, son survive flying through tornado in bathtub, report says

As deadly storms slammed Southern states on Saturday, a twister reportedly tore into a home, tossing a 75-year-old woman and her son into the air as they huddled in a bathtub.

Miraculously, the pair survived.

>> Severe weather kills 19 in Georgia and Mississippi; death toll could rise

According to KSLA, Rickey Williams and his mother, Charlesletta, of Smithland, Texas, said their perilous ride began that evening after they watched a weather report about a possible tornado in the area.

"I don't know what it was is, but it started, 'Woo woo, woo,'" Charlesletta told KSLA.

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Williams said he and his mother hurried to the bathroom, where they took refuge in the tub just before the tornado struck their home. 

"The whole house started shaking," Williams told KSLA. "I heard, like, a 'poof,' and I knew the roof came off."

Then they were lifted into the air, spinning, Williams said.

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Moments later, when they came down, it "felt like someone placed us on the ground," Williams told KSLA.

Mary Taylor, Charlesletta's daughter, believes a higher power was at work.

"God was watching over her," Taylor said.

Read more here.

ON KSLA NEWS 12 AT 6: A 75-year-old's bathtub ride to survival during ETX tornado https://t.co/3BbYDwI3nG pic.twitter.com/mbXlCaFAZJ— KSLA News 12 (@KSLA) January 24, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Photo appears to show Michigan man walking on water, literally

A photo of a Michigan man looks startlingly surreal, as if he’s walking on water, but in reality he’s standing on an ice-covered lake near Boyne City in the northern part of the state.

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It wasn’t a hoax, as some have suggested, according to Andre Poineau, who said he ventured out onto Lake Charlevoix in mid-January when the ice was more than 2 inches thick and so clear, you could see the sandy ripples on the lake bottom.  

No, this is not a Photoshop manipulation. And it's not Biblical water-walking skills. It's a photograph of Andre...Posted by Detroit Free Press on Monday, January 23, 2017

Such extremely clear ice occurs under certain conditions.

“I’ve seen it several times before. The water in Lake Charlevoix is incredibly clear to begin with, partly because of zebra mussels,” Poineau told MLive.com.

“When it freezes without agitation, there are hardly any oxygen bubbles in the ice. “

“It happens on rare occasions,” he added.

Poineau, 63, says he was a little apprehensive about stepping out on the ice that day and had a shovel with him to test its strength. It passed the test.

Photographer Martha Sulfridge took the stunning shot on Jan. 15 and the rest, as they say, is history. The picture has gone viral and has been shared on Facebook more than 60,000 times.  

 

 

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