Geostorm To Give Northern US, Canada Probability To See Aurora Borealis


Predicting exactly when and where the Northern Lights will be visible is very challenging.

The best views are likely to be in the Scottish Highlands, or in the east in Dundee and Aberdeen where the sky is forecast to be fairly clear.

How far south the lights will be visible is still uncertain, but it is possible sky watchers in northern New Jersey and upstate NY could catch a glimpse, said Patrick O'Hara, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's regional office in New Jersey.

An aurora is caused when charged particulars from the sun hit the earth's atmosphere and interact with atmospheric gases, giving off different colors of light. That means there is a chance that we could catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.

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If viewing the northern lights is something on your bucket list, make sure you pencil in some free time this weekend as they could visible as far south as I-70!

On March 21, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a geostorm warning for March 22 to 24 as a result of a solar flare that erupted last March 20. That is farther south than normal.

"Whether or not you will see the Northern Lights depends on where you are and what the weather is like". But it could be good news for residents of Syracuse, New York, where clear skies are forecasted for Saturday night. Even the most generous forecast suggests that Maryland might just see a glow on the horizon, and that is probably only possible in rural areas with pitch-black skies.

But to see the aurora, the institute stresses that a "clear and dark sky" are needed.