Published: Sat, March 23, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Beyond the Weather: Northern Lights

Beyond the Weather: Northern Lights

A significant increase in sunspot activity this past Wednesday will result in an increase in viewing potential for the northern lights this weekend.

The Northern Lights are created by disturbances in Earth's magnetosphere caused by a flow of particles from the Sun and are usually concentrated around the Earth's magnetic poles.

Thanks to a solar storm this week, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) could be visible as far south as Cleveland this weekend!

"The Northern Lights may be visible Saturday night".

What are my chances of actually seeing the Northern Lights?

Bonnie Diamond, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "A Coronal Mass Ejection has happened and the effects of that are expected to arrive later tomorrow evening".

Met Éireann‏ are predicting dry and clear weather on Friday evening with dry and bright conditions on Saturday that move into frost in the evening.

The NOAA predicts the phenomenon, also known as the aurora borealis, could illuminate the skies above Washington state, NY and Wisconsin over the weekend.

If you're looking to check out this magnificent display of lights, there is good news. The farther north you head in IN, the better opportunity you'll have to see it. The good news for us is that a mostly clear sky is expected for the next couple of nights. Active-minor geomagnetic storm periods possible with low risk of moderate storms.

Also known as the aurora borealis, the Northern Lights are typically visible in the far northern United States, in Canada, Alaska and other places well north of the Garden State.

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