Solar Storm May Spark Northern Lights Over BC This Weekend

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The Space Weather Prediction Center's 3-day forecast indicates Sunday night is the best time in this area to see the breathtaking sky only the Northern Lights provides. Scientists say that a geomagnetic storm promises a spectacular Northern Lights show that Americans living in northern states like MI, or Minnesota can view on Sunday night July 16. As you can see, our chances in the Tri-Cities are pretty slim. This explosion produced what scientists call a coronal mass ejection (CME).

The flare also released a wave of charged particles, known as a coronal mass ejection, which take a couple of days to reach Earth. The higher the energy, the more chance to see the northern lights. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a Geomagnetic Storm Watch for Sunday night. Below shows the areas in which you will be able to see the Aurora. Best viewing is likely to shift a bit farther north since we are past peak intensity, but it should still be worth a look.

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If you're out watching and you get some good photos, make sure you send them our way by posting them on our Facebook page! That includes northern NY state, much of New England, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas. "It's just going to be a nice view of the Northern Lights".

When you are outside looking for the lights, let your eyes adjust to the darkness.

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