Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak stated on Monday that new satellite analysis shows the missing airliner plunged into the southern Indian Ocean, although there has been no official confirmation of this information.
Reports of additional debris being spotted in the southern Indian Ocean have also led to an increase in resources being sent to the search area, which is more than 1,000 miles southwest of Perth, Australia.
Reports on Monday indicated that both Chinese and Australia aircraft had spotted areas of large debris, while a French satellite reported possible debris several hundred miles north of the current search area, according to the Associated Press.
A potent frontal boundary moved into the search area on Tuesday leading to gale-force winds and rough seas that forced the multinational search to suspend operations until the weather cleared.
The above satellite image shows a large area of clouds well to the southwest of Australia associated with the adverse weather that suspended search efforts on Tuesday. Image courtesy of the Australia Bureau of Meteorology.
The front pushed to the northeast allowing conditions to improve during the day on Wednesday, and although seas remained rough the search was able to resume.
Unsettled weather will return to much of the search area by Thursday and Friday as an area of low pressure and an associated frontal boundary pass through the region. Conditions could again result in suspension of search efforts due to rain, wind and rough seas.
A longer stretch of dry and more tranquil weather is possible this weekend as high pressure builds over the search area.
Image depicting location areas searched thus far for debris from Flight 370. Courtesy of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, 12 aircraft were involved in the search on Wednesday as weather conditions improved. Several Chinese ships also arrived in the search area on Wednesday to assist in the search efforts.
Complex ocean currents may also play a role in search efforts as several areas of debris spotted by aircraft have yet to be confirmed by any ships arriving in the vicinity.
The recent unsettled weather in the region could also result in debris shifting farther away from where it was spotted by air on Monday, making recovery efforts more difficult.
Maysak has become a super typhoon over the Pacific Ocean and will bring life-threatening conditions to Yap and the Philippines.
As sunshine warms parts of the South, Plains and Southwest on Easter Sunday, cold air and spotty snow will linger in the Northeast and rain will dampen parts of the West and Texas.
A widespread severe weather threat will target the central Plains on Wednesday afternoon following spotty severe storms in the South on Tuesday.
For the third time in a two-year timespan, a “blood moon” will cast an eerie glow above Earth.
Yet another round of severe weather is in store for parts of the Plains and Mississippi Valley on Thursday, making for the third consecutive day of organized severe weather in the region.
With 30 plus years of experience managing ski resorts in the California, Tim Cohee has seen his share of challenging winters, but this winter has been the worst.
Catskills, (NY State) (1997)
Between 35-40" of snow bury higher elevations.
Solomon Islands (2007)
A magnitude 8.0 earthquake and an accompanying tsunami left thousands homeless but mercifully few dead.
New Jersey to New Hampshire (1786)
Heavy snowstorm: 12" from New Jersey to New Hampshire. Prolonged winter lasted into spring. Five piers at Charles Bridge at Boston destroyed.