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Northern lights

Postby snoqueen » Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:41 pm

We might be able to see a northern lights display Thursday, according to the map in this link:

http://local.msn.com/first-northern-lig ... thursday-2

wunderground.com is predicting overcast skies for Thursday night, but we'll find out.

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Re: Northern lights

Postby kurt_w » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:36 pm

Actually, it sounds like it could start mid-day GMT, which is early morning Thursday in Wisconsin. If you're up and about between, say, 4-6am Thursday, and the skies are not too cloudy, find a place with a view to the north and take a look.

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Re: Northern lights

Postby Mad Howler » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:03 am

It seems like a big storm. I will take a peek if I get up to take a pee. Although, I suspect that those who make there business in satellite communications are on alert tonight, not to mention those managing power grids at the most northern & southern latitudes.
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Re: Northern lights

Postby kurt_w » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:48 am

kurt_w wrote:Actually, it sounds like it could start mid-day GMT, which is early morning Thursday in Wisconsin. If you're up and about between, say, 4-6am Thursday, and the skies are not too cloudy, find a place with a view to the north and take a look.


Nothing yet ... might be worth checking again just before dawn, and then hope for clearing skies this evening.

Good sources for aurora forecasts are:

Soft Serve News

Space Weather Prediction Center

UAF Geophysical Institute

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Re: Northern lights

Postby Michael Patrick » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:59 am

I checked at 4:30 and again at 5:30, but I didn't see any northern lights. Hopefully it won't be cloudy tonight.


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