Last night, another show, tonight, another G1 storm

Tonight, another good forecast…..wake up, sleepyhead! G1 storm! What?? More auroras statewide plus a chance for the northern contiguous USA.
Update Monday evening: Forecast changed to active.
Update Monday night: data weakened, Bz north. No show as of midnight. Auroras appeared in the early morning hours before the sun rose.

The lights came out yet again last night in Alaska. They were faint at times, but gorgeous with the sliver of a moon setting. The green band brightened for just long enough to give aurora watchers a good show.

Wow what a show! The forecast was right and the aurora burst!

Last night the forecast was storm levels, and the aurora did not disappoint. The show started off faint, then burst in the sky, almost all night long. The Kp level hit 5, and the sun rose before the show was over. The Kp level now as of this post is a 1 (130pm Alaska time). Tonight’s forecast is unsettled to minor storm levels (AGAIN! MORE AURORAS!). Last night the whole state saw a show, that is, if the weather was clear. Much of mid to western Canada caught the lights, as well as northern states, WA, ID, and MT (that I am aware of as of this post). Super! The month of March has not disappointed!

Photos by me, Amy Stratman, taken around Chatanika, Cleary, and Fox, Alaska last night (hours ago!). I pretty much never touch up my photos, aside from watermark. I hope you enjoy!

Aurora forecast for tonight (Saturday night) is storm levels. Kp 4 possible

Tonight, be ready, all you sleepy aurora hunters out there! Yet again, another fabulous night is forecast. Storm level auroras are predicted. The Kp index is expected to be 4 tonight, and that means that just about the entire state of Alaska may see the lights. Most of Canada will see lights, and maybe, just maybe, the upper portion of the contiguous USA may catch the lights low on the horizon. Look north if not overhead. You are hard pressed to see the lights from a big city outside of Alaska and northern Canada, please head out into the countryside where it’s dark if you want to try to see the aurora. Have a clear view toward the north, with no obstructions, such as mountains, other towns, and man-made lights.

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We are coming to the end of the aurora season here in Alaska. In about a month, the midnight sun will start to take over. Enjoy the lights while you can!

Last night the aurora remained faint, but displayed over the entire sky in every direction. Here are some photos I took at Chena Lakes, North Pole, Alaska. The pinks in the photos are from light pollution from the city of North Pole, and also Eielson Air Force Base. I rented a different lens from Alaska Camera, and I have noticed a difference with what I can do. I can’t wait to try it out tonight on a stronger aurora.

faint lights, expect more

Lights have been seen tonight in WI, MN, and MB but are low. Faint lights so far in the Fairbanks areas, overhead. Anchorage areas have faint lights as well, a bit lower on the horizon. We expect more into the night. Data is looking great. Time of this post midnight Alaska time.
Kp 2

Quiet to active tonight, storm levels coming Sat night

The aurora forecast tonight is quiet to active, with storm levels coming Saturday night. This means yet another, hopefully fabulous night ahead of us here in Alaska. No one knows exact times, just anytime it’s dark is when the lights could appear.

Saturday night into Sunday morning, and all the way till Monday morning, the forecast of storm levels could bring us more super displays!

The skies are clear in Fairbanks. Have fun tonight!

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