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Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl Indicted AGAIN Over Voter Intimidation
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:07:53 -0400
Conservative operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman have been indicted in Ohio, once more over a racist robocall aimed at minority voters.Wohl and Burkman, who rose to some level of infamy online for blundering attempts to manufacture sexual assaults allegations against Democratic politicians and other Trump foes, have each been charged in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County with eight counts of telecommunications fraud and seven counts of bribery, a charge that includes attempts to convince people not to cast ballots. The indictment only adds to the growing mountain of criminal and civil problems facing the notorious pro-Trump pair.In late August, a robocall that claimed to come from Wohl and Burkman warned voters not to use mail-in ballots, falsely claiming that the ballot information would be used to enforce vaccine mandates and collect on credit card debts. In the call, which was sent to 67,000 voters in the Midwest, according to prosecutors, a Black woman warned potential voters not to send in mail-in ballots or risk being fooled by “the man.”“The right to vote is the most fundamental component of our nation’s democracy,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley said in a statement. “These individuals clearly infringed upon that right in a blatant attempt to suppress votes and undermine the integrity of this election These actions will not be tolerated.”> Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl have been indicted in Ohio over an alleged robo-call operation targeting Black voters in Cleveland and East Cleveland, according to a news release from the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office. pic.twitter.com/OOnfJ9dbQ2> > — Nick Castele (@NickCastele) October 27, 2020Michigan’s attorney general charged Wohl and Burkman in a separate case on Oct. 1 for the same robocall, which was also sent to voters in that state. They have also been sued in New York in a civil lawsuit by people who received the call.Wohl, 22, and Burkman, 54, didn’t respond to an immediate request for comment.The pair have claimed they didn’t arrange the robocall. In the Michigan case, however, prosecutors intend to call as a witness the owner of a robocall company who prosecutors say will testify that his company was used by Burkman and Wohl to send the robocalls. Michigan prosecutors have also claimed they have an email from Wohl arranging the robocall’s scripts.Wohl is also facing felony charges in California over alleged violations of securities laws. The FBI is investigating the pair over the leak of juror questionnaires in the trial of former Trump adviser Roger Stone, according to sealed court documents obtained by The Daily Beast.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Pennsylvania teen fatally shot while watching sunset in park with girlfriend, authorities say
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:52:25 -0400
Jason Kutt, the 18-year-old shot at Nockamixon State Park Saturday died from injuries, according to his family.
Senate confirms Barrett to the Supreme Court
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 20:33:38 -0400
The Senate voted on Monday evening to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, just eight days before the election which solidifies a conservative majority on the high court for a generation.
Head of Virginia military academy resigns amid report of racist culture
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:41:55 -0400
J. H. Binford Peay III, who had been the institute's superintendent for 17 years, told its board he was stepping down after learning on Friday that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and "certain legislative leaders had lost confidence in my leadership ... and desired my resignation." "You have profoundly changed our school for the better," John William Boland, president of the school's Board of Visitors, said in a letter to Peay. Last week, Northam and several top elected officials and lawmakers wrote to the board to express concern "about the clear and appalling culture of ongoing structural racism" at the college.
Police in Michigan, a hotbed for armed far-right groups, said they may be powerless to enforce a ban on guns at polling places
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:51:41 -0400
Michigan authorities imposed the ban after a foiled plot to kidnap the state governor. But law enforcement officials say they can't act on it.
Trump supporting write-in candidate declares herself governor of Ohio after discussing plot to kidnap Mike DeWine
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 12:55:25 -0400
A woman who ran as a write-in candidate against Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has unlawfully declared herself governor of the state and been implicated in a plot to kidnap and prosecute Mr DeWine. Renea Turner, who ran against Mr DeWine as a write-in candidate in 2018, posted a video to her Facebook on Thursday in which she places her hand on a Bible and proclaims herself the governor of Ohio. "Ohio is free from Tyrannous leadership," she wrote in a Facebook post following the stunt.
Philadelphia police shooting of Black man sparks unrest
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:52:58 -0400
Police shot and killed a 27-year-old Black man on a Philadelphia street after yelling at him to drop his knife, sparking violent protests that police said injured 30 officers and led to dozens of arrests. The shooting occurred before 4 p.m. Monday as officers responded to a report of a person with a weapon, police spokesperson Tanya Little said. Officers were called to the Cobbs Creek neighborhood and encountered the man, later identified as Walter Wallace, who was holding a knife, Little said.
Armed villagers guard strategic gateway to Nagorno-Karabakh
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 09:51:11 -0400
Wearing camouflage and holding Kalashnikov rifles, volunteer villagers patrol a winding river in a Nagorno-Karabakh valley, defending a strategic area between the disputed region's capital and Armenia.
As Trump says news about COVID should be illegal, WH chief of staff says goal is to 'defeat' virus, not 'control' it
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:42:43 -0400
While President Trump’s chief of staff on Monday attempted to clarify the assertion that the United States is “not going to control” the coronavirus crisis, the president himself complained that the media is too focused on the pandemic.
100,000 people ordered to evacuate due to wildfires in Irvine, California
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:00:48 -0400
At least 60,000 people had already evacuated as of Monday evening, according to the city of Irvine.
Why critics find Kavanaugh's Wisconsin mail-in voting opinion 'sloppy'
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:53:00 -0400
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's critics are perplexed by his concurring opinion following the court's 5-3 ruling that Wisconsin can only count absentee ballots that arrive by Election Day, describing his reasoning as "sloppy."One of the accusations hurled at Kavanaugh is that he confused receipt and submission deadlines while making his point. The Wisconsin case involved extending the former in light of U.S. Postal Service slowdowns, but Kavanaugh's analogies appeared more congruent with the latter.> This analogy makes no sense. The WI deadline is receipt deadline, not a submission deadline. The in-person voting equivalent is if someone showed up at their polling place before it officially closed but -- due to long lines -- didn't get to cast their ballot until after midnight. pic.twitter.com/q26z0vctGa> > -- Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) October 27, 2020> Another analogy that makes no sense! The IRS April 15 deadline is a submission deadline, not a receipt deadline. pic.twitter.com/UU3Lngl55V> > -- Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) October 27, 2020Kavanaugh was also criticized for his stance that the deadline should remain intact so that the "apparent winner" on the morning after election night doesn't have their victory overturned by late-arriving ballots, which could spark allegations of a "rigged election." In response, observers argued that declaring an election winner on Nov. 3 isn't necessary and that it's reasonable for close races in states to remain uncalled.> Still stuck on this Kavanaugh concurrence claiming that states announce the winner on election night. They don't. News organizations project based on the trajectory of incoming results. And furthermore, it's not uncommon for close races and states to be undeclared for days. https://t.co/Ivayoe6fOk> > -- Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) October 27, 2020Finally, analysts called Kavanaugh out for apparently misreading a source that influenced his decision. > Kavanaugh ruled AGAINST the six-day extension for Wisconsin to accept ballots postmarked by Election Day. He cited an article from legal scholar (and CNN contributor) Rick Pildes. But in that article, Pildes says states SHOULD extend postmark deadlines. https://t.co/Uupirxyrgm pic.twitter.com/nEyj92Gh6p> > -- Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) October 27, 2020More stories from theweek.com Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement The very different emotional lives of Trump and Biden voters Middle-finger voting is driving the entire country mad
Suspect arrested for allegedly abducting two girls from home where two boys found dead
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 08:24:00 -0400
Donny Jackson, 40, was arrested after allegedly abducting his two daughters, who were later found safe. It is unclear what his relationship is to the two dead boys.
Venezuela's Guaido denounces forced disappearance of party coordinator
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:33:27 -0400
Venezuela's Juan Guaido on Tuesday accused the government of illegally detaining an opposition activist, blaming it for what he called the forced disappearance of Roland Carreno of the Popular Will party. Carreno was approached on Monday afternoon by unidentified people in vehicles without license plates, Popular Will said on Twitter. "We alert the world about his forced disappearance and we hold the dictatorship responsible for his physical and mental integrity."
Rudy Giuliani had a security officer sweep the room where he was filmed in 'Borat 2,' but he didn't find Sacha Baron Cohen hiding in a wardrobe
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:48:54 -0400
Sacha Baron Cohen told Stephen Colbert he was hiding in a specially constructed hideaway in a wardrobe that locked internally during Giuliani's scene.
Fact check: Trump debate quote about 'fault' for US COVID-19 outbreak taken out of context
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 12:55:05 -0400
A social media post leaves out important context in quoting the president on the questions of responsibility and fault for the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak.
Here’s why Miami shark researchers are concerned about a potential COVID-19 vaccine
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:00:00 -0400
Science’s steady march to find a vaccine capable of ending the coronavirus pandemic may come at the expense of another species: sharks.
Peggy Noonan is my friend. Here’s why her Kamala Harris comments were wrong.
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:36:30 -0400
OPINION: Sophia A. Nelson says while Noonan’s critiques of Harris’ joy was tone-deaf and lacked a true understanding of Black women. Noonan penned a column where she was rightly perceived as treating Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, disrespectfully by implying that Harris needed to be more serious and sober-minded when she is out on the campaign trail — not dancing, laughing and being what she considered to be inappropriate.
Philadelphia victim's kin: We sought ambulance, not police
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:38:56 -0400
The family of a Black man killed when Philadelphia police officers fired a dozen rounds in a shooting caught on video had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis, not for police intervention, their lawyer said Tuesday. Additionally, Walter Wallace's wife is pregnant and is scheduled to have labor induced in coming days, the lawyer, Shaka Johnson, told reporters from the steps of a family home. Wallace’s father, Walter Wallace Sr., earlier told The Philadelphia Inquirer that his son was on medication and struggled with his mental health.
'Murder hornet': First nest found in US eradicated with vacuum hose
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 03:59:44 -0400
The Asian giant hornets can wipe out a colony of honeybees in hours.
Canadian policeman describes arresting Huawei exec Meng
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:12:57 -0400
A Canadian police officer testified Monday about his arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a US extradition warrant, revealing that Washington had requested that data on her phone and laptop be secured so that it could not be "erased remotely."
Judge rejects Trump request to be replaced in columnist's defamation lawsuit
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:34:08 -0400
A federal judge on Tuesday denied President Trump's request that he be replaced as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit alleging he raped a woman in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.
People across Italy violently protested new lockdown measures imposed after a spike in COVID-19 cases, setting fires and looting luxury stores
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:01:50 -0400
Protesters clashed with police officers in cities like Turin, Milan, and Naples and in smaller towns. More than two dozen people were arrested.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Is Now Formally Moonlighting as a Trump Campaign Aide
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:56:46 -0400
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany appears to have taken on a new gig. In addition to her role as a government employee, she’s now serving as a senior aide on her boss’s reelection campaign.In an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday morning, McEnany was introduced as “Trump 2020 senior advisor and White House press secretary.” A few hours later, Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney introduced McEnany by saying she is “serving now as advisor for the Trump campaign."McEnany’s dual roles for the White House and the Trump reelection campaign immediately set off alarm bells among good government advocates, who said they represent yet another instance of the often blurry lines between the Trump administration and the president’s political operation.“This looks like the latest example of Trump administration officials bending and breaking ethics laws and norms,” said Paul Seamus Ryan, the vice president of litigation for the group Common Cause. “This is unfortunately par for the course for this administration.”Now Kayleigh McEnany Has COVID, Making a Dozen From Rose Garden CeremonyA White House spokesperson said McEnany was not representing the White House during her Fox appearances on Tuesday.“Kayleigh was appearing in her personal capacity as a private citizen,” the spokesperson said.A spokesperson for the Trump campaign confirmed that McEnany is an unpaid advisor, and also said she was appearing on Fox on Tuesday in a personal capacity. The spokesperson said that cable news shows on which she appears “have been instructed not to refer to her with her White House title,” notwithstanding the Fox & Friends introduction on Tuesday that included both her campaign and White House titles.While most of McEnany’s two Fox hits on Tuesday concerned the status of the Trump campaign and the 2020 race, she also weighed in on official administration policy on issues such as COVID relief negotiations with congressional Democrats.“The chances [for a deal] are slim when you have someone like Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House,” McEnany told Varney. “If we’re providing stimulus relief for the American people, it should be just that, for American people, for United States citizens, not a wish-list from the liberal left,” McEnany told Varney.Speaking in front of a backdrop that featured both the White House and the Trump campaign logo, McEnany also rattled off a series of policy proposals that “we offered” in those negotiations.Fox News Reporter Explodes Over Kayleigh McEnany: ‘Stop Blaming the Media, I’m Tired of It!’It’s that sort of blurry line between White House and campaign messaging, and the prospect that taxpayer resources could continue bolstering the president’s reelection effort, that concerns Ryan.“This excerpt is McEnany commenting on federal government policy currently being negotiated by the Trump administration with Congress. This is McEnany doing the work of a [White House] Press Secretary,” he said. “It's permissible for someone who works in the White House to also do campaign work. They just can't mix the two. They can’t try to do the two things simultaneously.”Ryan compared the situation to controversy over illicit politicking by former senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who used her official Twitter account to share political messages, leading the Office of Special Counsel to recommend her removal over violations of the Hatch Act, which bars the use of taxpayer resources for partisan purposes.Conway brushed off the recriminations with a simple statement: “Blah blah blah.”The Trump White House, and the president himself, have reveled in the frequent criticism they get over their unprecedented uses of taxpayer resources in the service of the president’s reelection. After coming under fire for putting on a political nominating convention on the White House grounds in August, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted: “Liberals are more upset about the use of government buildings than they ever were about the use of the FBI to target political opponents.”McEnany’s Fox appearances on Tuesday came about two months after White House attorneys waived ethics rules so that she could meet in her capacity as a government official with employees of the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, both of which previously employed her.The waiver memo is undated, but metadata in the file posted to the White House website indicates it was created on August 26. That was the day of McEnany’s speech at the Republican National Convention. She also spoke at a Trump campaign rally this month.The White House has also waived ethics rules for another staffer, director of advance Bobby Peede, to permit communications with the Trump campaign. According to Federal Election Commission records, the Trump re-elect has made regular payments from December 2019 through early this month to the firm Event Strategies, where Peede served as a partner prior to joining the White House.The largest of those payments, for nearly $100,000, came on August 24, two days before Peede’s waiver memo was created.\-- With reporting by Justin BaragonaKayleigh McEnany Grilled on Trump’s Sudden Embrace of Mail-In VotingRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Zeta is now a Cat 1 hurricane, and the Florida Panhandle is under a tropical storm watch
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 07:06:43 -0400
Zeta is now a Category 1 hurricane, prompting tropical storm and hurricane watches from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle ahead of a Wednesday landfall.
18-year-old freshman at University of Dayton apparently dies from Covid-19
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:01:00 -0400
Michael Lang, 18, died on Thursday “apparently due to complications from" coronavirus after a long hospitalization, officials at the Ohio school said.
Are polls of the presidential race reliable this time?
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:05:56 -0400
President Trump's surprise victory in 2016 has made voters wary of trusting polls of this year's race. Will 2020 polls prove more accurate than they were four years ago?
Turkey's Erdogan says it's time for two-state solution in Cyprus
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:38:35 -0400
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday it was time for a realistic proposal about a two-state solution on the divided island of Cyprus to be discussed, and added that the parameters of the current talks were not sustainable. Cyprus was split after a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup. The European Union admitted the island into the bloc in 2004, represented by the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot government in the south.
Vietnam evacuating low-lying areas as strong typhoon nears
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:39:35 -0400
Vietnam scrambled Tuesday to evacuate more than a million people in its central lowlands as a strong typhoon approached while some regions are still dealing with the aftermath of recent killer floods, state media said. Typhoon Molave is forecast to slam into Vietnam’s south central coast with sustained winds of up to 135 kilometers (84 miles) per hour on Wednesday morning, according to the official Vietnam News Agency. The typhoon left at least 3 people dead and 13 missing and displaced more than 120,000 villagers in the Philippines before blowing toward Vietnam.
'Rescued from this evil': 179 arrested, 45 missing children recovered in Ohio's 'Operation Autumn Hope'
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:38:07 -0400
An operation involving more than 50 law enforcement offices and other agencies led to 179 arrests and the recovery of 45 missing children in Ohio.
Hong Kong teen activist arrested near US consulate
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:26:27 -0400
A young Hong Kong activist who was among the first arrested under Beijing's new national security law was detained on Tuesday close to the US consulate, police and local media said.
NASA used a Boeing 747 rigged with a massive telescope to discover water on the moon — take a look at SOFIA
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 12:00:00 -0400
The former Pan Am Boeing 747SP that took NASA over 10 years to retrofit for space exploration made the finding that will aid humanity's lunar return.
German embassy in Bangkok becomes flashpoint as demonstrators pressure Berlin on Thai king's legal status
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:41:06 -0400
The German embassy in Bangkok became a new focal point of Thailand’s months-long pro-democracy rallies on Monday as thousands marched on the building to petition Berlin to investigate the Thai king’s use of his powers while residing in Bavaria. Since 2007, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who ascended to the throne in 2016, has spent long periods of time in southern Germany. But his extended presence on German soil has become a diplomatic headache for Berlin during Thailand’s nationwide rallies, where some protest leaders have made bold demands for the monarchy to be reformed – long a taboo subject in the Southeast Asian nation because of strict lese majeste laws. In Germany, Heiko Maas, the foreign minister warned the king against using the country as a base to conduct Thai politics. “We are monitoring this long-term,” Mr Maas said. “It will have immediate consequences if there are things that we assess to be illegal.” His comments came as the embassy’s premises in central Bangkok turned into a potential flashpoint between rival protest groups on Monday.
Skull on fireplace mantel identified as man missing since 2012, Tennessee officials say
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 08:29:57 -0400
Bitter cold obliterates records in western US as storm dumps snow, ice
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:44:58 -0400
The pandemic has warped many people's perception of time, but some Americans can be excused for double-checking their calendars this week. It seems like Mother Nature has also lost track of time this year. For scores of people living in states across the Rockies and middle of the country, late October is looking more like late January with record-breaking snowfall blanketing states from Montana to New Mexico.
According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bill Deger, accumulating snowfall was the result of a powerful storm combining with a deep dip in the jet stream
October snowfall is fairly typical for most of the region, but the magnitude of the storm system that lunged across the West was "certainly impressive," Deger said.
In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, photo released by the U.S. Forest Service shows light snow at Division X of Cameron Peak Fire at the Rocky Mountain Park in Colo. Snow and cold weather on Sunday put a damper on a wildfire that has forced thousands of people to evacuate in northern Colorado and burned part of Rocky Mountain National Park, but fire officials warned it would not be enough to put out the East Troublesome Fire. (U.S. Forest Service via AP)
Snowfall totals from the storm ranged from 5 to 25 inches and spanned from Washington down to New Mexico. For some cities, the single storm's snowfall pushed the monthly totals over the edge and led to several broken records.
According to the National Weather Service office in Great Falls, Montana, the city shattered its October snowfall record with nearly 28 inches accumulated over the span of only nine days, compared to the record of 18.5 inches set in 1925.
Farther east, Minneapolis also broke its October snowfall record of 8.2 inches from 1991, with 9.3 inches having fallen so far this month.
Precipitation fell so heavily that more than two dozen airports reported thunder along with falling snow and freezing rain in a three-hour timespan early on Monday, according to AccuWeather Senior Weather Editor Jesse Ferrell.
The first measurable snow of the season graces colorful leaves on a tree at peak color, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
On top of the record-breaking snow, many areas felt teeth-chattering cold with temperatures falling well below previous record thresholds. The lowest reading of the weekend came from Potomac, Montana, which dipped all the way down to minus 29 F on Sunday.
A photo posted on Twitter by the NWS Missoula office showed the minus 29.2-degree reading on a Nimbus digital thermometer alongside a photo of cattle on a snowy range huddling together looking as though they were attempting to stay warm in that brutally cold air.
The sensational photo was shot by Justin Iverson, a third-generation cattle rancher in Potomac who along with his wife owns Iverson Ranch. Iverson, 43, told AccuWeather in an email, "It's rare to have it this cold in October, but we did hit minus 14" last year on Oct. 29. "The combination of 18 inches of snow followed by brutal cold was unprecedented." But, he said, there wasn't "much wind and this weekend was perfectly calm and sunny." He added, "This would have been unimaginably brutal if we had to deal with wind chill as well."
A herd of cattle in a snowy field on a ranch in Potomac, Montana, where the temperature plummeted to minus 29.2 degrees F over the weekend. Third-generation cattle rancher Justin Iverson told AccuWeather the historic cold was brutal, but conditions would've been unimaginable in the Blackfoot Valley had there been wind and had the skies not been clear and sunny. (Justin Iverson)
As for the cows, Iverson said the temperature often plunges to minus 30 in January and February, and the cattle can handle it. "As long as they have plenty of feed and access to clean water they do fine," he said. But the snow that came in before the Arctic air meant the cattle were forced to make some changes to their routine.
"This time of year our cows are usually out grazing the hay meadows, but the snow limited access to the grass so we've been feeding alfalfa hay for the last few days and hope to thaw out and get back to grazing," Iverson said.
There was a slew of breathtaking low temperatures recorded around the state.
Also in Montana, a record-low temperature of 5 F was recorded in Billings on Sunday, breaking the previous daily record of 18 F from 1997 in the city. The mercury in Glasgow, Montana, plummeted to minus 2 F on Monday morning, shattering the old daily record low of 2 F set in 1919. West Yellowstone also plunged to minus 22 F on Monday morning, obliterating the old daily record low of minus 4 F from 1997.
"It's not normal to set this many records in this short of a time - and monumental records," Corby Dickerson, a meteorologist in the NWS Missoula office told AccuWeather. Dickerson has been working as a meteorologist at the NWS for 15 years and described the historic cold snap as "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" for a forecaster given how early this type of extreme cold swept in.
Perhaps, as the NWS Great Falls put it, the "winner" was Bozeman, Montana, which saw the biggest departure from its daily record. Bozeman, which The Washington Post reported has seen an influx of people relocating there from big cities during the pandemic, reached a low of minus 20 F, some 31 degrees below its previous record low of 11.
However, the early-season low temperatures and snowfall were made all the more dramatic by a yo-yoing effect, not all too unfamiliar for the Front Range of the Rockies.
In Denver, for example, the temperature topped out at 78 degrees last Wednesday and will plunge to Monday's forecast low of 3 F. By Friday, temperatures in the city are forecast to jump back up into the low 60s.
"Since it is still October, which is considered a transition month, it is not unusual to see such a dramatic swing in temperature in such a short amount of time for this part of the country," Deger said, adding that the temperature fluctuations are certainly pushing the boundaries for what is considered normal.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Maxwell Gawryla added that before the late-week rebound, however, more low-temperature records may continue falling across areas such as Denver as the cold air makes its way southward along the Rockies.
Through Wednesday morning, 1 to 3 inches of snow are possible in areas from northern New Mexico to Iowa. In areas of higher elevation in central Colorado and Nebraska, those totals could even climb to 12 inches.
Wichita, Kansas, recorded a daily record snowfall of 1.3 inches on Monday, beating out the old daily record of 0.5 of an inch set all the way back in 1913. The accumulation of snow was also the most snow the city has ever picked up this early in the season, according to the National Weather Service.
Farther south, falling temperatures could present a significant, long-lasting ice potential across the southern Plains.
Minnesota fans watch the team play Michigan while social distancing and bundled up against the cold at an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Minneapolis. Michigan won 49-24. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
"As temperatures plummet from the southern Texas Panhandle into southeastern Missouri, there is potential for up to half an inch of ice accumulation with freezing rain and sleet [through Wednesday morning]," Gawryla said. "Even a thin coating of ice can cause major disruptions and pose a dangerous threat to any travel."
The most significant ice accumulations have been observed in central Oklahoma. By midday Tuesday, over 0.5 of an inch of ice was measured in Yukon, Oklahoma, located just northwest of Oklahoma City.
Ice built up on trees that had yet to shed their leaves, weighing down branches and causing limbs to snap, including in downtown Oklahoma City and Norman, Oklahoma. In some instances, the branches brought down power lines as they fell to the ground.
Tree branches snapped under the weight of ice in Norman, Oklahoma, on Oct. 27, 2020. (Twitter/ @ohheyitssteph)
The ice in Oklahoma led to over 300,000 power outages on Tuesday afternoon, according to PowerOutage.us. Another 10,000 were without power in Texas in areas where freezing rain accumulated. Power outages may continue to rise before the winterlike storm departs the region.
For those residents accustomed to typically warm autumn conditions in the southern Plains, temperatures should return to normal by the end of the week.
"Fortunately, following this big storm and cold blast, and the several smaller ones that preceded it last week, it appears the pattern will change to a drier, gradually warmer one across much of the Rockies and Plains as we head through the middle and end of this week," Deger said.
Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.
2020 election polls: Trump gains ground on Biden in Pennsylvania, extends lead in Ohio
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 12:15:48 -0400
Both candidates will go on a frantic campaigning blitz on Tuesday
Teacher's elevator death blamed on human error
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 06:27:27 -0400
Officers found 38-year-old Carrie O'Connor in the elevator on September 14.
Coronavirus in the U.S. is spreading like 'wildfire,' epidemiologist says
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:56:00 -0400
"The U.S. is now seeing a pretty widespread transmission across the board,” said William Hanage, an associate professor of epidemiology.
Woman injured in police shooting says cops let boyfriend die
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:02:58 -0400
A woman who was shot by police last week in suburban Chicago said Tuesday that officers did nothing more than cover her boyfriend with a blanket after he was shot and left him on the ground to die. Tafara Williams, 20, spoke to reporters during a Zoom call from her hospital bed as she described the Oct. 20 shooting in Waukegan that killed 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette. "They allowed him to die,” Williams said.
Turkey calls for France boycott as Islamic world backlash grows
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 21:35:43 -0400
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday joined calls for a boycott of French goods, ramping up a standoff between France and Muslim countries over Islam and freedom of speech.
60,000 in Southern California to evacuate after wildfire spreads
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:57:22 -0400
A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuation orders for 60,000 people in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blaze
Ted Cruz says the swelling national debt will re-emerge as a major concern for Republicans
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:42:27 -0400
Under Trump, Republicans drove up the deficit with tax cuts and spending increases. They are reluctant to back another large coronavirus relief bill.
Tory revolt deepens as Scottish Conservatives back Rashford over Johnson in free school meals row
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:59:28 -0400
An internal Tory rift over Boris Johnson’s refusal to extend free school has deepended after the leader of the Scottish Conservatives publicly backed the footballer Marcus Rashford’s “extraordinary” campaign. Douglas Ross said that the Manchester United and England striker was right to demand that free school meals were extended over holiday periods in England and said Rashford had the full support of the Conservatives north of the border. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, The MP, who was the only UK minister to quit the Government over Dominic Cummings’s lockdown trip to Durham, described providing free school meals as “good policy” and added: “I support what he’s fighting for and the Scottish Conservatives are behind his campaign.”
'There’s nowhere you can go to feel safe': 2 wildfires in California's Orange County force 85K evacuations; 2 firefighters badly burned
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:15:28 -0400
California braced for a new round of fires as Santa Ana winds roar. Firefighters turned out in force to battle a blaze in the Silverado Canyon area.
Trump’s press secretary said in 2015 Republicans would ‘run into problem’ if Biden stood against Trump
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:27:03 -0400
McEnany described Biden as ‘funny and likeable’ in comparison to ‘cold and sombre’ Clinton
Viral photo sparks concerns about Indonesia's 'Jurassic Park'
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:52:32 -0400
The viral image has raised questions about the conservation impact on the animal native to Indonesia.
Seattle woman still missing three weeks after traveling to Dallas, Texas
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:18:00 -0400
Marisela Botello, 23, was last seen leaving her ex-boyfriend’s house in Dallas, Texas on October 4, 2020. She took a Lyft alone to the entertainment district Deep Ellum. Her family said security video reportedly shows her leaving the Select Start bar at 1 a.m. with an unknown man. Her cell phone and debit card haven’t been used since that night and her other belongings were left behind at her ex-boyfriend’s house where she had been visiting from Seattle for the weekend. She missed her flig
Fort Sill Just Became the First Training Base to Get the New Army Greens Uniform
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:26:03 -0400
Fighting cock kills police chief in Philippine raid
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:15:34 -0400
A Philippine police officer was killed during a raid on an illegal cockfight after a rooster's blade sliced his femoral artery, an official said Tuesday.