'Aurora borealis', the lights of the northern hemisphere, means 'dawn of the north'.  If you’ve never seen this magical nighttime display, you could be in luck tonight. 

In the world of real estate, it’s all about location.  When it comes to the weather and all things celestial, it’s also about timing.

Last week, the sun unleashed the most powerful solar flare in more than a decade. That was followed by a powerful coronal mass ejection or CME, a fast-moving stream of particles that travels along the solar wind. Those particles can interact with our magnetosphere, giving us a beautiful display of northern lights.

It gets better! Following that solar flare, the sunspot responsible just kept on going, producing several more X-class solar flares, which are the most powerful kind. These were followed by another coronal mass ejection, that is expected to reach the earth tonight.

Unlike a storm of the meteorological kind, there is no way to know precisely when it will reach Earth.  There was some activity last night and moderate auroral activity is expected again tonight.

Where:  look to the north!  Areas that are not subject to 'light pollution' are the best places to watch for the lights. Areas in the north, in smaller communities, tend to be best.

When:  usually the best time of night, assuming it’s clear, is midnight.

Don’t forget to give your eyes time to adjust to the dark!

Chief Meteorologist

Cindy Day