A series of solar flares this week may yield additional episodes of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights).
Areal coverage of the displays produced by each coronal mass ejection are difficult to gauge ahead of time. The Northern Lights were visible over part of the Great Lakes region Wednesday night.
The best chance for viewing the show tonight, if the Earth's magnetosphere cooperates, will be in the northern Plains, part of the Midwest and much of the West.
There will be a nearly full moon tonight, which could detract from viewing the show somewhat. However, the display was still impressive last night, despite the full moon.
Experts at Space Weather.com state that not only do the magnetic storms unleashed by the flares cause the aurora borealis, but they can be somewhat disruptive.
The expanse of the Northern Lights and disruptions depend on whether or not the flare directly strikes the Earth versus a glancing blow, as well as the strength of the coronal mass ejection itself.
In the extreme case, there can be brief disruptions to radio and gps signals.
Space Weather indicates that a strong magnetic storm can cause satellite onboard computer systems to reboot.
As a precaution, some commercial flights will reroute their trips from polar regions.
Tropical Cyclone 18 is looking at a possible tropical strike bringing heavy rain and winds to New Zealand.
Springlike warmth will pour from the Plains to the East over the next few days before another winter storm unfolds at midweek.
"We exchanged notes already pledging to work together for the common good of the weather enterprise and the nation," AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers said.
The main weather concern to search crews through Monday in the vicinity of where the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 lost contact will be building seas.
Despite a springlike start to the week, winter and substantial snow will make a comeback across the Midwest and Northeast at midweek.
The long-lasting and relentless winter season has broken seasonal maintenance expenditure records across much of the U.S.
Lac Frontiere, ME (1943)
Minus 40 degrees -- coldest ever in March in New England.
Big snowfall... Location Snowfall amounts (in inches) Charlotte, NC 7.6 Greensboro, NC 11.1 Louisville, KY 12.0 Bowling Green, KY 18.0 -- greatest 24-hour snowfall in history of state. Morristown, TN 22.0 -- 24 hour state record
Dodge City, KS (1922)
17.5" of snow -- greatest 24 hour snowfall for city.