Attempts to rescue a one-horned rhinoceros, stranded on the Rani Chapori sand bar in India since Sunday, failed on Tuesday due to heavy rain.
The rhino is believed to have strayed from the Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary to escape flood waters, according to timesofindia.com. It became stranded on the sandbar along the bank of the Brahmaputra River.
The rescue efforts involve tranquilizing the rhino then airlifting him to a safe area within three minutes by air to a safer location. The whole rescue needs to be completed in about one hour for the safety of the animal.
"In the state of Arunachal Pradesh, 1.3 inches of rain fell early this week and in nearby local areas between 3.5 and 4 inches fell in the past few days," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews. "The rain in Arunachal Pradesh totaled 2.79 inches in the past three days."
Once the weather clears, the helicopter team is standing by with the equipment needed to complete the rescue. The team is hesitant to tranquilize the rhino for fear it will flee into the water and drown.
If the rescue can be completed, it will be the first time a rhinoceros is flown by helicopter in the country of India.
A blast of arctic air will be accompanied by flurries and even a localized wall of snow in some communities in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest at the start of the Valentine's Day weekend.
Spring of 2016 could rank in the top 10 warmest on record for Canada.
The coldest air of the winter will plunge southward across much of the eastern United States and will feature single-digit and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast during Valentine's Day weekend.
A multi-vehicle accident involving cars and tractor-trailers occurred amid snowy weather and caused the shutdown of Interstate 90 in Lake County, Ohio on Wednesday afternoon.
Conditions will be favorable for lake-effect snow through the end of the week, threatening low visibility and dangerous travel conditions.
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New England (2005)
Heavy snowfall totals include. Lost River, NH 23.8" Pinkham Notch, NH 16.0" Bridgton, ME 16.0" Franconia Notch, NH 15.5" Hebron, ME 27.0" Guilford, ME 25.0"
East Columbus, OH Milligan, OH Monterey, VA Pittsburgh, PA Philadelphia, PA (1899)
Severe Cold Wave Tied for lowest min. ever -20. -39 F., record state low temperature. -29 F. Absolute min., -20 F, until 1994 5 deg. F., February record low maximum (tied all time record low max).
Reading, PA Baltimore City, MD Baltimore City, MD ()
-13 F; February minimum; 2nd lowest ever. 3 deg. F., all time record low maximum. -7 deg., tied all time record.