The seasons were split this week across the world with spring flowers abloom in the South and the United Kingdom but snow and ice abundant in the Midwest and Northeast.
Flowers and cedar trees spread pollen throughout portions of the South this week, distressing allergy suffers. On Thursday, March 13, 2014, pollen levels across northern Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and northern Texas were classified as moderate.
Farther west, a haboob rolled through portions of western Texas and New Mexico Tuesday night, as a dust storm reduced visibilities across the region and made for a picturesque sunset.
Simultaneously, across the Ohio Valley and the Northeast, Old Man Winter returned in full force. After the storm departed, tens of thousands were left without power as the storm caused major damage, roadway accidents and air traffic delays and cancellations across the region.
Ice floats atop a river in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Monday, March 10, 2014. (AccuFan Photo/Team LauraK)
This aerial view of the haboob over Amarillo, Texas, was captured by Ryan Scott and shared on Twitter by his friend, @RaiderTex52 on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (Photo/Ryan Scott).
A Comma butterfly is spotted in one of the Mottisfont river walk gardens in Romsey, Hampshire, U.K., on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (Photo/Simon Newman)
A snow covered side street shows the effects of an overnight snowstorm Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Blue Island, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)