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Winter weather wreaked havoc across the southeastern United States this week, causing hundreds of accidents and leaving tens of thousands without power.
At least 15 people have died as a result of the storm, according to the Associated Press. Several were killed in vehicle accidents while others died from exposure due to frigid conditions.
Snow blasted parts of Alabama and Texas on Tuesday before moving east into the Carolinas.
More than 1,600 collisions were reported in North Carolina alone as roads became packed with snow and ice. Nearly a foot of snow fell in some areas.
Charlotte Douglas Airport was majorly impacted with hundreds of flight cancellations and more than a thousand delays.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted on social media about his own ordeal, stating that he slipped off a snowy road.
NC stay off the roads today/tonight. 5 minutes after helping these folks I center punched a pine tree. All good. Probably just needs a new alignment. pic.twitter.com/OfA5Q28jew— Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) January 17, 2018
A winter storm in western Europe also created dangerous conditions and travel nightmares this week.
Nearly 10 deaths have been reported across three countries (Belgium, Germany and Netherlands) as Storm Frederike blasted the region.
Intense wind gusts ranging from 53 to 78 mph (85 to 125 km/h) caused structural damage throughout the region, leading to travel delays. Flights out of Amsterdam were canceled, and train travel was delayed.
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In parts of remote Russia, temperatures plunged to minus 88 degrees Fahrenheit this week.
Two men froze to death in Yakutia in eastern Siberia after trying to find help when their car broke down.
Yakutia is home to roughly one million people who are used to intense cold. Students attend school even as temperatures fall to minus 40 F, but this wave of extreme cold led to cancellations this week.
The extreme cold received worldwide attention after pictures of frozen eyelashes surfaced on social media. According to TIME Magazine, the cold barely made headlines in local media.
Nearly 40,000 people were forced to evacuate near Mount Mayon in the Philippines this week as the country's most active volcano erupted.
While the recent eruptions have been relatively weak, scientists warned that they could turn explosive at any time, according to the Associated Press. Lava flows on Tuesday forced police to set up checkpoints to keep tourists a safe distance from the volcano.
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) announced this week that 2017 was the second-hottest year on record.
2016, which was an El Niño year, is the hottest. El Niño patterns are known to bring warm weather around the globe.
NASA said global temperatures were on average 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 C) warmer than the mean from 1951-1980.
“Despite colder than average temperatures in any one part of the world, temperatures over the planet as a whole continue the rapid warming trend we’ve seen over the last 40 years,” said Gavin Schmidt, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) director.
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The intense record heat baking the south-central United States is expected to get trimmed back early this week, but a sweep of refreshing air is not on the horizon.
This past weekend's rainstorm was only the start of an abnormally wet pattern that will elevate the flood risk in the eastern United States into the end of the month.
Despite NASCAR moving up the start time of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, rain has hung on and delayed the race at Loudon, New Hampshire.
Yet another round of severe weather is threatening the southeastern United States to close out this weekend.
The remainder of July will be dominated by a resurgence of heat across the northwestern United States.
An uptick in monsoon rainfall is expected to heighten the flood threat across eastern and northern India this week.