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.
Fresh cold air will slash temperatures and bring another dose of wintry weather to the Southeast later this week with widespread travel problems.
Innovations to the heating/cooling industries have inspired cost-effective and efficient methods to regulate temperatures.
Yet another winter storm will take aim at the Northeast and Midwest this week with some snow, but also significant problems due to flooding and ice.
February 2015 has come to an end with numerous monthly records set across the United States.
A storm rolling out of the Southwest will spread a swath of heavy snow and travel disruptions from the Rockies to the northern Plains and Upper Midwest early this week.
The Seattle area will be basking in sunny, dry skies for most of the week as temperatures stay near seasonable averages.
North Carolina (1927)
Greatest modern snowstorm: 31" at Nashville, NC; 26" at Goldsboro and Edenton; 17.8" at Raleigh.
Cedartown, GA (1942)
19.3" of snow, greatest 24-hour snowfall in state history.
Lake Tahoe, CA (1983)
A total of 215" of snow on the ground compared to 63" at the same time last year. People had to tunnel to their houses and cross country skiers were advised not to go out because they ran the risk of skiing into power lines.