Auroras this weekend, end of August

NOAA put out an aurora watch for this weekend, specifically Sat night (Sun morning) and Sun night (Mon morning). A G1 storm means that the Kp level could be Kp 5. Potentially, the northern states, Canada, and entire state of Alaska could see auroras, if the weather is clear. Also, northern Europe, and southern New Zealand, and the very southern most area of Australia. As usual, the Kp level could rise and be even better than predicted, or the opposite, in which nothing will show. Exact times are not known, they are only a guess (Kp level forecast times). Best to be out when it is dark and watch for alerts and notifications. Some apps will notify you of changes in Kp level. This will give you a heads up if you are in a location where the Kp level needs to be a bit higher. However, a Kp alert is not an aurora alert. It is a potential aurora alert.

The incoming storm is from a CHHSS – Coronal Hole High Speed Stream.

The forecast for the next couple nights (before the arrival of the G1 storm) are Kp 1 and 2. Fairbanks and areas approximately 63 degrees north latitude may be able to see the lights.

Notable event on Saturday Aug 27, 2016. The HAARP Open House.

haarp open house 2016