Very quiet lately

We are still here and still watching the sky! It has been very quiet lately. I have been getting a few messages lately from excited visitors to Alaska asking about the lights. It is rare these nights to not see anything! The aurora has been out, but it has been very faint to the naked eye and very fleeting (as seen from North Pole).

17 March 2013, photo depicts what we saw with the naked eye, ALL NIGHT LONG and over the ENTIRE SKY

 

Over the past 4 years, we have seen fantastic aurora events this time of  year around spring equinox. We aurora watchers call the big show in 2013 the St Patricks Day Event and if you were witness to it, you will never forget that night.

2016 auroras and remember the big event of 2013

2015 Week of auroras

2014 what seemed to be never ending auroras Feb and March

2013 St Patricks Day Event

Historical Kp levels here

List of ABN archives here.

ANOTHER NIGHT of LIGHTS TONIGHT!!!! Kp 5

How many nights in a row are we seeing great lights? Add tonight!!!
The Kp level is 5. Head on out soon.
Low lights are being seen now in interior Alaska, but the clouds are moving in for snow tonight.
Anchorage and south be ready. Happy Friday night!

From March 1st auroras, we saw the pinks!!! Photo courtesy Heidi Bostic, North Pole, Alaska.

More lights tonight, Kp 4 forecast.

Lights are being seen now in mid to northern Canada and interior Alaska.
Very low on the horizon from the Anchorage area.
Tonight’s forecast is Kp 4.
A little lower Kp level than last night’s storm, but still great for Alaska.

Lights were seen earlier tonight from northern Wisconsin and Minnesota but no one reported in time to share the news.
Data has waned, and the aurora oval went a bit north.

Last night in the interior, we witnessed Poker Flat launch their rockets from Chatanika.
I captured this with my cell phone (S7) from North Pole, which is about 40 miles away. Tons of light pollution!!! The rocket is the white blemish in the aurora. ~Amy

And the Alaska Aurora Cam (a little closer than me) caught this snippet of the rocket.

Tonight March 2, more auroras. Kp 6 happening now, could wane a bit

Continuing auroras are happening now across northern Europe and now moving on into Canada and the northern states.
As of now, 5pm Alaska time, Michigan and Minnesota are seeing a faint aurora glow toward the north as their sun sets.
Manitoba is seeing fabulous lights: Here is the LIVE Churchill cam!!!

Alaska, be ready for more lights tonight as soon as its dark. Typically, we will see lights closer to midnight and later, but it can happen at any time!
The forecast for tonight is Kp 4 (as the average) but Wing Kp suggests higher (as of this post). Direct from NOAA Space Weather— “Rationale: Isolated G1 (minor) and G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storms are
expected in the early part of day one (02 Mar) due to ongoing CH HSS influence.” Come on lights, we’ll take more tonight!!!

Check out the cam timelapse from last night, so awesome, it was an all-nighter for sure.
The cam is on my roof in North Pole, Alaska ~Amy

Last night from Wasilla, Alaska!!! Pic Ax Photography wanted to share this one!!!

And last night from Fox, Alaska, Gary Kallberg shared this one!!!

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