Auroras are forecast for December 30 & 31. The forecast has been upgraded to G3, Kp 7 likely, sometime Dec 30, with G1 (Kp 5) storm watch still in effect for Dec 31. 2 nights in a row of possibly fantastic auroras. The incoming coronal mass ejection (CME) was said to be a direct hit toward earth. It may arrive during our daytime in the USA, but should continue into the night. We’ll post when the CME hits, then you’ll have a short notice to get out there and catch the lights.
Who had a chance of seeing this event? If the auroras arrive as forecast, then the following should be able to see lights:
All of Alaska, all of Canada, USA northern states such as ME, MA, NH, VT, NY, PA, OH, IN, IL, WI, MI, MN, ND, SD, IA, NE, MT, WY, CO, ID, WA. Maybe OR, UT, and other similar latitude states. All of Tasmania, Southern Australia, New Zealand south island. Northern Europe including Scotland, Ireland, northern England, Estonia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland.
It doesn’t matter what the news tells you, you can’t see the aurora from a city that has light pollution. Seattle, New York City, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City…It isn’t going to happen. You MUST get away from city lights. You can’t open your city house door and look up. You MUST get away to a dark area and look north. Up north, such as Fairbanks and Whitehorse, yes you can see the lights looking up and thru your back door. But you’ll see them even better if you had no city lights around you.
No time frame is ever known. Only guesses can be made. Watching and waiting is part of aurora hunting.