Have you seen the aurora forecast? Kp 5 tonight and Kp 6 Sunday night. The solar wind speeds are above 500. The air is crisp and excitement is in the air. No clouds tonight in Fairbanks!!! Anchorage may have wait for the clouds to part. Auroras are possible in the entire state of Alaska! (I am writing this pretty late, and the auroras have started at 8:45pm Alaska time).
Poor weather in Fairbanks and Anchorage Alaska have blocked our views of the auroras in the past few days but if you looked very closely and patiently, some green was seen. Norway has been clear and the photos coming out of those locations have been amazing!
The aurora danced all night last night on Senja ?
A fine example of aurora behind the clouds, Fairbanks, Alaska. Photo credit: Kristen Hansen
If you are traveling to see the aurora and need help or advice, or want to chase the aurora yourself without a tour guide, then join my Facebook group Aurora Tonight by ABN. If you are looking for a tour guide, I know several and can suggest them based on what you are looking for or how much you want to spend. All the guides I suggest I have met in person.
It has been rough this year for many businesses, and tourism was hit hard. When the pandemic was realized in March, that cut off the end of the aurora season. Everything just stopped. The aurora tour guides ended weeks earlier than planned. This season (beginning August) has been slow going. There are some tourists, but not as many as we have seen before. If you are local, or on a work trip, or are here as a visitor, consider making a purchase, booking a bnb, or taking a tour with a small aurora business. Remember, there are many wonderful businesses out there than just the heavy advertisers. Thanks all, have fun tonight and tomorrow. See you out there. ~Amy