For the second time in two weeks, a brief northern lights display flashed across the sky down into the Upper Midwest and into the Northeastern states on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
The northern lights, also called the aurora borealis, are created when radiation from a solar flare reaches the Earth's atmosphere and reacts with its charged protons. The direction of the solar flare will determine the intensity of the lights and how far south they will go. Had a direct solar flare occurred, the lights would have extended farther south.
From Wednesday into early Thursday morning, the aurora collided with another celestial show: the Draconid meteor shower.
The two events were captured together in a time-lapse video on October 8-9 in Bellaire, Mich.
Timelapse by Darrell Christie.
A meteor stretches across the sky in Colchester, Vt. Photo by Kyle Ugalde.
The northern lights reach into Michigan. Photo by Darrell Christie Photography.
A view of the aurora framing Mt. Kearsarge in New Hampshire. Photo by Ann Dinsmore.
Sight of the aurora seen in Gorham, Maine. Photo by Scott Wandell.
The aurora reflects back from a pond in Maine. EXIF data: Nikon D600 & 14-24mm at 14, f/2.8, 30 secs, ISO 1250, 10/08/13, 8:41 PM. Photo by Mike Taylor.
A streak of green lights darts across the sky in St-Elzear de Beauce, Quebec. Photo by Gabriel Cyr.
Green and purple lights hem the treeline in near Mulliken, Mich. Photo by Mike Lewis.
Conditions are worsening across Bermuda ahead of Major Hurricane Joaquin passing dangerously close to the island nation to end the weekend.
An intense band of heavy rainfall will continue across South Carolina and parts of North Carolina, bringing storm total rainfall across some areas over one foot.
Lives and property will continue to be threatened in and around South Carolina through Monday as additional torrential rain pours down, further worsening already major to catastrophic flooding.
According to the BBC, the Brague River overflowed its banks, sending water into nearby towns and cities, including Cannes.
Tropical cyclones presented trouble around the world this week, while heavy snow fell in parts of Alaska.
Mujigae will bring flooding and strong winds to parts of southern China early next week.
Indian Creek, IL (1991)
Cars were blown off roadways by a tornado. Many homes suffered damage.
Gulf States (1995)
Hurricane Opal comes ashore with sustained winds of 125 mph just east of Pensacola. Winds gusted to 144 mph at Fort Walton Beach, FL massive damage done to Pensacola Beach - fishing pier was destroyed. Many businesses and homes damaged by the storm surge.
20 tornadoes touched down - the greatest number ever recorded in the US. 7 touched down in the Tulsa area alone.