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Weekly wrap-up: Lake-effect snow buries northeastern US; 'White rainbow' spotted in Scotland

The first major lake-effect snow event of the season buried parts of the Northeast with feet of snow this week.

Binghamton, New York, recorded 27.6 inches of snow from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, the largest four-day snowfall total on record for the area. Syracuse reported a storm total of 25 inches at 12 a.m. Tuesday, while 32.4 inches was reported in Auburn.

Motorists clear lake-effect snow from a vehicle on a road, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in Grafton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Otto strengthened into the seventh hurricane of the Atlantic season on Tuesday. The system later weakened to a tropical storm before developing back into a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday evening.

Otto grew into a Category 2 storm on Thursday morning, before making landfall over southeastern Nicaragua during the midday hours. Prior to landfall, the storm was already blamed for at least three fatalities in Panama on Tuesday. Two people died as the result of landslides, while a child was killed after a tree fell onto a car, the Associated Press reported.

It was the latest hurricane to make landfall in that part of the Caribbean on record, according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

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In a strange occurrence, two moose were recently discovered frozen together near the remote village of Unalakleet, located on Alaska's western coast, the AP reported.

The animals' massive antlers appeared entangled, a sign they had likely been battling over a female moose since it was the end of moose rutting season, according to the AP.

A stunning image of a white rainbow was captured over Rannoch Moor in western Scotland on Sunday.

The rainbow, also called a "fog bow," is made of tiny water droplets that cause fog, photographer Melvin Nicholson told the BBC.

"It's an amazing thing to witness and can generally only be seen if the sun is behind you when you are looking at it," Nicholson said.

Protests took a violent turn in North Dakota along the Dakota Access Pipeline late Sunday and early Monday, NBC News reported.

Authorities used tear gas, cold water and rubber bullets to try to disperse the crowd. Several protesters were reportedly treated for injuries and hypothermia as they were soaked by water while temperatures were in the low 20s.

Snow fell in Tokyo this week, making it the first time snow fell in the Japanese capital in November in 54 years. The snow caused minor disruptions to public transit, the BBC reported.

Thunderstorms were blamed for triggering a series of deadly asthma attacks on Monday in Australia. At least four people were killed and hundreds were sickened in the state of Victoria, according to CNN.

The deaths are being attributed to thunderstorm asthma. This rare illness occurs when a storm hits during a period of unusually high rye grass pollen, Robin Ould, chief executive of the Asthma Foundation of Australia told CNN.

Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.


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