Clouds but still great aurora data this weekend

Kp 3 or 4 is forecast for this weekend, Sat night and Sun night. This means that if the skies are clear, much of Alaska will be able to see the aurora.
Kp 3 would be approximately Talkeetna and north. Kp 4, much of the rest of the state.
Most of Canada (northern areas) as well.

Clouds are on both cams in North Pole and Wasilla. Have a nice weekend!

Auroras burst over Fox, Alaska on Oct 25, 2016. Fox is located just north of Fairbanks.

Auroras burst over Fox, Alaska on Oct 25, 2016. Fox is located just north of Fairbanks. Photo: Gary Kallberg

More auroras tonight Oct 27/28, Kp 4

The auroras continue again tonight, although the Kp level is slightly lower. This just means the lights will be seen in the north.

Much of Alaska can catch a glimpse anytime it is dark, but typically in the middle of the night.

As the mornings are darker, catch the lights when you get up for the day if you can’t stay up late.

Tonight’s forecast is Kp 4, currently at Kp 3.

Wing Kp is showing a possibility of Kp 5, although that is just a maybe!


As the temps are getting colder by the night,

 be ready for winter aurora shooting with the camera parka! camera_parka_at_frosted_lens

Kp 6 forecast for tonight Oct 24 and next 3 nights is looking great

Kp 6 is forecast for tonight. This means that the aurora may dip down south a bit, into the middle areas of the USA —–IF all the factors line up. Things could change suddenly. Auroras come and go. Be ready and in place as it gets dark. The next 3 nights are looking great for auroras. Don’t wait though, things could change rapidly.

For Alaskans in Fairbanks, the higher the Kp, the more widespread the show. Not only look north, but look overhead and also to the south. In other words, look all around the sky! For those in Anchorage, this is the opportunity to see the lights right from your home, and also facing south. Catch the lights facing south from Beluga Point, or other waterside areas (don’t go on the mudflats though!). Homer, Seward, Valdez, and southeast AK be ready for lights!

All of Canada be ready!

Northern and middle states be ready. Look north. Here is Ovation, a map from NOAA Space Weather, which shows the approximate areas of where the aurora is. It is a great way to get an idea of what could be.
When? NOW, when its dark. There is no “best time” and there is no “it usually comes out at….”. On a typical night, the aurora comes out before midnight, then again later in the night. But it also comes out AT ANY TIME THE DATA IS IN ALIGNMENT. This is not new age talk, it is the alignment of the interplanetary magnetic field.

Good luck and happy hunting!!


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last forecast didn’t pan out but another chance this weekend

The last post we made with the great forecast didn’t pan out as we would’ve liked but there is another great chance at lights this weekend.

G1 watch (possible Kp 5) has been issued for Saturday, Oct 22.
If it arrives on time, we should see the aurora being reported in
northern Europe first, then eastern Canada and the northeastern states as it gets dark that night. Northern states and Alaska Saturday night.
Storming is predicted to continue 2 nights.
Let’s hope the weather is clear!

On a side note, watch for the annual Orionid meteor shower (about Oct. 16 to Oct. 26).

Aurora alert for tonight Oct 16/17 G2 Kp 6

Another fabulous forecast for tonight, and data is looking great. G2 storm (Kp 6) forecast. Heads up entire state of Alaska, Canada, and the upper portion of the contiguous USA. It’s several hours till dark in Alaska as of this post at 425 pm, so we’ll see how it turns out. Either way, be ready when it’s dark, get into place.

When? Anytime it’s dark but typically after midnight. Auroras come and go all night long till the sun rises.
Where? entire state of Alaska, Canada, and the upper portion of the contiguous USA.
What states? upper portion of the contiguous USA. This includes the northeast, states surrounding the Great Lakes (but not including cities, too much light pollution), the Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, Washington. Maybe: Nebraska Iowa Wyoming Oregon.

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