As the Northern Hemisphere officially transitioned from winter to spring on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 12:57 p.m. EDT, many nations around the globe welcomed the new season with open arms.
While portions of the United States will still experience some wintry precipitation, already signs of spring are appearing. In the Northeast, citizens anxiously await the blossoming of the capital's 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees during the National Cherry Blossom festival.
However, across the Atlantic, spring is in full force across Europe with flowers and trees abloom. In Germany, residents of Gimmeldingen enjoyed the changeover to warmer weather with their annual almond blossom festival.
Even farther west, the colors of spring adorned the streets and faces of citizens and visitors in Nepal, the Philippines and India as each country rejoiced the arrival of spring during the Holi festival.
In parts of the Middle East, the beginning of spring coincides with the new year, Friday, March 21, 2014, sparking elaborate fire displays in Iran to commemorate both the new year and the ancient Festival of Fire.
On the heels of Cyclone Nada, a new and more significant tropical cyclone threatens to take aim at India this week.
Before the coldest air so far this season arrives, parts of the northeastern United States will face bouts of slow and slick travel early this week.
The threat for flash flooding and localized severe thunderstorms will expand across the southern United States early this week.
Nuisance snow will create slippery conditions across parts of the midwestern United States into Sunday night before spreading into the Northeast to start the new week.
The coldest and most far-reaching arctic blast so far this season will spread across the majority of the contiguous United States this week.
The coldest air of the season so far and some snow will pour into the northwestern United States by early this week.
Arctic air settling over Germany may prompt children to leave their shoes for St. Nicholas indoors instead of outside before going to bed on Monday night.
A deadly wildfire exploded in Tennessee this week, charring a popular resort town and causing devastating damage.
Dashing hopes for Christmas Day snowmen and white rolling hills, forecasters predict Britain's weather pattern will leave more to be desired on Dec. 25.
Rounds of heavy rain will heighten the risk for flash flooding across portions of the southern United States through the weekend.