This website is a work in progress for the season ending April 2012. It will be updated and ready to go beginning in August 2012 for the next aurora season. Not much activity will be put on this website until then. Enjoy your summer.
Last night’s show was mostly a non-event. Sorry about that. All the indicators were there, and we were waiting (impatiently). Tonight’s forecast is looking good as well for the more northern areas of Alaska including Fairbanks, and it should(!) start around midnight and end about 330am when it starts to get light. Current kp level is a 3.
The Salmon cams capture of the aurora tonight.
The aurora can be seen tonight in all areas of Alaska as soon as it gets dark, which is around midnight.
A minor G1 Level Geomagnetic Storm is in progress due to the high speed solar wind stream. Be on the lookout for Aurora at very high latitudes.
ALERT: Geomagnetic K-index of 5
Threshold Reached: 2012 Apr 13 0207 UTC
Synoptic Period: 0000-0300 UTC
Active Warning: Yes
NOAA Scale: G1 – Minor
Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 60 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude.
Induced Currents – Weak power grid fluctuations can occur.
Spacecraft – Minor impact on satellite operations possible.
Aurora – Aurora may be visible at high latitudes, i.e., northern tier of the U.S. such as northern Michigan and Maine.