It was a week of contrast across the world, as skies held beauty and dumped rain in the United States and Europe, while in China the atmosphere carried potential health hazards.
In this picture made available Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, polar lights shine in the sky above Guelper Havel river in Guelpe, northwest of Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 2014. These northern lights are caused by a giant cloud of electric particles of a sun storm in the Earth's atmosphere. (AP Photo/dpa, Patrick Pleul)
Vehicles clog a main highway during a sixth straight day of severe pollution in Beijing Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Hazardous white pollution hid much of Beijing's skyline Tuesday, despite announced closures or production cuts at 147 of the city's industrial plants. Chinese characters on board reads: "Smog weather, reduce going outside." (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Track officials and car crew members look over the track during a rain delay in the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Some green peaks out through ice in Stamford, Conn., on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, as an early sign of spring. (Facebook/AccuWeather Fan "Hilkka")
On Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, an ice jam created a wintry scene in western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. (Facebook Photo/Laura Kosht Ice)
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, asperatus clouds hovered over the Atlanta, creating an ominous but bizarrely beautiful sky. (Twitter Photo/@Jeremy11alive).
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Sandra has rapidly weakened to a tropical storm but will continue to bring heavy rainfall into western Mexico on Saturday.
Heavy thunderstorms will continue to shift northward across central South America with the greatest threat for flooding focusing on northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay into Saturday morning.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential for significant flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Snow and ice storms have taken aim at the Central U.S. this week, while record-setting Sandra strengthened into a major hurricane south of Mexico.
Goodland, KS (1983)
19 inches of snow on the ground with drifts of up to 8 feet.
Sixty cities tied or established new record high temperatures for the date.
Chardon, OH (1996)
A bull's eye for lake effect snow for the month with more than 70".