Exciting news for aurora watchers! Auroras coming

The aurora forecast is looking EXCELLENT for a SEVERE aurora storm beginning Sunday night. Then on Monday night, we expect major storm levels. G2 and G3 storming possible. This means we could see up to Kp 7, or even higher. You read that right! Kp 7 possible. Those in the middle portion (IA, NE, WY, OR, etc) and also the upper portion (ME, MN, MI, ND, etc) of the contiguous USA, all of Canada, and all of Alaska SHOULD see auroras! Very exciting indeed. Hope to hear your reports, and we will update you as the northern lights first make their appearance. Northern Europe and southern Australia and New Zealand be prepared for auroras as well.

Check the skies when it is dark, anytime and all night long. Look north if not overhead. Know which direction is north when heading out. Try to get away from light pollution such as streetlights, car lights, buildings, etc. Turn off or at least turn down your dash lights, and don’t stare into your phone while waiting for lights (be sure your brightness level is all the way down).

Be sure to check your local weather forecast. If you will be having cloudy skies, it is worth it to drive out to find clear skies. I get this question often. Yes, go! The lights could last all night long. HOURS. Or, it may only last minutes. The “best” time or the most typical time is after midnight, but the lights can and do show up much earlier sometimes, and last until the sun rises. It is a patient waiting game. Watch for new posts and follow along with your cell phone sms messages on twitter @ AuroraNotify

Feel free to ask questions either on facebook or privately through email or text. AuroraNotify@yahoo.com 907-385-7385. Phone calls are not answered, sorry.

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Kp 1 or 2. Quiet low displays possible

Nothing terribly exciting in the next night or two is forecast. The interior of Alaska may see low level displays of northern lights. Face north, northeast, and look low on the horizon. Clouds may interfere with viewing. Kp 1 or 2 expected.

Sebastian Saarloos

tonight: incoming CME , auroras likely

Tonight, the aurora forecast is quiet to minor storm levels. There is an incoming Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) and the expected arrival time is early in the morning, Alaska time. If it arrives “on time”, then northern Europe can expect auroras, as the sun will rise in North America. The Kp level forecast is 5 (G1 storm). However data is looking good and it may arrive early, in which case we should be ready to view auroras tonight, from Alaska, Canada, and the northern states.

Saturday night, more auroras expected at storm levels. This means that Alaskans might see an overhead show, while lower latitudes (from Alaska) may see auroras toward the north, if not overhead.

Since we are on CME watch, be sure to follow along on facebook or twitter for the latest sightings and updates!

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Quiet again tonight but auroras this weekend

Tonight the aurora forecast is quiet, and also cloudy in North Pole, Alaska, where I am writing this from. Low displays may be seen in northern latitudes if the weather is clear.

Friday night, and Saturday night the aurora forecast is for storm levels. This means that the Kp level may reach 5, and auroras might be seen further south, such as the upper portion of the contiguous USA. All of Canada and Alaska may see grand displays. If you cannot see the auroras overhead, look toward the north. Have a great weekend, and I will see you out there. ~Amy


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Oct 21/22 forecast Kp 2

Tonight’s aurora forecast calls for quiet to unsettled. The Kp level is predicted to remain 2. In interior and northern Alaska, this gives us a good chance at seeing good auroras tonight. In south central and southeast Alaska, there is less of a chance. Cloudy in the Fairbanks area, so I will be getting a little sleep.

Last night much of the state saw faint, but beautiful auroras. Streaks of soft lights were seen in every direction in the interior, and toward the north in south central. Bluish tints, with a palette of fainter colors occassionally streaked above.

The temperatures are slowly getting colder. Be prepared when heading out. In the next week or two, get to know the roads you plan on using to watch the auroras. Know where the shoulders are, the ditches, and any pullouts or side roads. When the snow arrives, and doesn’t melt, you will be more confident in heading out in the middle of the night to catch the lights.

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