Published: Mon, March 25, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Beyond the Weather: Northern Lights

Beyond the Weather: Northern Lights

According to reports, the Met Office reckons it may be possible to spy the Aurora Borealis due to a solar geomagnetic storm.

The Northern Lights may also be slightly visible Sunday night, but the power grid energy will begin to fade by this time.

In the northern-most parts of the USA, night-sky gazers will have the greatest chance of catching a glimpse of natural light display at around 10.55pm, a NOAA forecast predicts. "When this happens, more southerly regions of Canada see the northern lights, typically on the horizon towards the north".

Residents in the northern-most United States will have the highest chance of seeing the northern lights when it gets dark on Saturday.

The center's forecast suggests the aurora borealis is likely to appear as far south as New York, Chicago and Seattle.

After dark Friday, into early Saturday, especially after 11 p.m.is the prime target time.

Scotland is where the Aurora is most likely to be seen, since it is further north.

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Persistent overnight rain in northern and western Scotland is expected to move south, too.

The particles colliding on the Earth's magnetic field could turn up the range and intensity of the Aurora.

NOAA officials advise checking your area's weather forecast prior to hatching any observation plans.

Some experts describe the phenomenon as "bright dancing lights" in the sky.

"As a result, aurora may be visible in Scotland where cloud breaks". However, the following CME seems Earth-directed and ready to impact us sometimes on March 23.

According to the Space Weather Prediction Center, this storm is rated a G2, which is considered moderate strength.

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