As the end of April is here, the aurora season is coming to an end. Only a short window of darkness each night to see the auroras, as we welcome the midnight sun in Alaska. Some auroras have been seen this past week, in the middle of the night. The sunshine wakes me up around 5am, and the energy of the summer is here! I hope you have enjoyed this season as much as I have. This winter was so mild! I wonder what will next winter bring?
If you are coming to Anchorage or Fairbanks or anywhere in between and points north, you will not see the aurora until mid August. Every year a visitor asks me if and when they will catch the lights in June. Sorry. Other things to see in Alaska, such as Denali, moose, fishing, etc, but no auroras til it gets dark again. The Inside Passage of Alaska, and parts of southeast Alaska may see summer lights, if it gets dark in that area. The further south you are, the more dark it is at night, and you will see auroras when the forecast is good. For the aurora forecast, the most accurate forecasts are at NOAA Space Weather and also AuroraForecast.com, where they glean info from NOAA and make it easy to decipher. No other forecasting websites are used by us here at Aurora Borealis Notifications.
If you are dreaming of coming to Alaska to see the northern lights August thru April, you can start planning now. To get your choice dates, book your rooms and tours soon. For a complete list of advertisers and recommended tours, photographers, and places to stay, please see the website, AuroraNotify.com. Have a great summer!