Around 10 a.m. EDT a magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook 43 miles northwest of Ottawa, Canada. No damage has been reported at this time.
The quake occurred in the Western Quebec seismic zone. The effects were reported felt from London, Canada, to Montreal, even going into New York and Vermont.
According to Natural Resources Canada, about 450 earthquakes occur in eastern Canada every year. Magnitudes are rarely high, with only an average of four of these quakes exceeding a magnitude of 4. According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jim Andrews, earthquakes have been recorded in this zone as high as a 6.1 recorded in 1935.
"While the quake was unusual, it was by no means unprecedented," he said.
Cold air and leftover snow showers are in store for the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday but should not significantly impact voter turnout.
The new week will bring more opportunities for snow to create slick travel in the northeastern United States, starting with a winter storm set to sideswipe New England on Monday.
Warmer air will build from California to Washington into Tuesday raising temperatures to near-record levels and increasing the risk of wildfires in some areas.
As the first of several waves of arctic air sweep southeastward across the Midwest, just enough snow will occur to cause slippery travel over a broad area into Monday.
A major ocean current in the Gulf of Mexico plays an important role in sustaining Florida red tide blooms, according to research conducted by the University of Miami.
Waves of arctic air invading the eastern half of the United States this week will culminate with the coldest weather of the season so far for some areas by the second weekend of February.
Vega, TX (1956)
61 inches of snow fell from one storm (Feb 1-8) State record for a single storm and for a month.
Snowstorm, worst of season. 12-18 inches in the western mountains . . . a foot common statewide up to 24 inches in the mountains of Vermont, between Bristol and Waitsfield. 16 inches in other mountain areas, 12-14 inches in valleys, 14 inches at Albany, NY and 10 inches at Plattsburgh, NY.
Chicago, FL (1987)
Wind gusts of 65-70 mph from the north and northeast produced 15 foot waves on Lake Michigan. There were extensive shoreline erosion resulting in millions of dollars, and boulders 6 feet in diameter were pushed on shore.