Northern Lights Visible Tonight!
by Brandon Spinner, Meteorologist
September 12, 2014 8:34 PM
After a couple of gloomy days and nights the clouds have cleared and we have a shot at seeing the Aurora Borealis tonight!
Auroral activity is forecast to be high with the potential for seeing the Northern Lights as far south as Des Moines!
According to Auroraforecast.gi.alaska.edu “Even if it is later, disturbances should be large and last long enough to result in increased auroral activity anytime for three or four days. The result is that aurora watchers should watch http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/ for the next five to seven days.”
Solar storms, or eruptions coming off the sun's surface, cause the aurora borealis, which in the Earth's night sky can look like a spectacular multicolor light show. There were two flares emanating off the sun this week. By the time they reach Earth's atmosphere, they are clouds of electromagnetic energy.
Even though skies are clear light polution near bigger cities can some times make it hard to see the Northern Lights. Your best bet is to get out of an urban area by several miles in order to see the lights! Remeber to make sure to look north!
Skies are looking great with plenty of clear skies but temperatures will be chilly so make sure to wear a sweatshirt or bring a blanket.
With those clear skies get the cameras ready and make sure to send me your pictures to the KDLT Weather Facebook or Twitter pages so I can use them on KDLT News!