Sunday Update – As expected, there were too many clouds Saturday night to see the Northern Lights around the Quad Cities. The chance does remain for Sunday night though. We’ll see breaks in the clouds and the aurora forecast is still hinting at the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights as far South as Kansas City and St Louis. That means if things go right, we’ll have a (slim) chance late tonight. The better chances will be to the North and away from city lights. So far this weekend the Northern Lights have been spotted as close as Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
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A geomagnetic storm will provide the chance between Saturday and Monday. If I spot anything, or hear reports of people seeing the aurora, I’ll post a story here on our website and on my Facebook page – click on this link to get updates: https://www.facebook.com/AndyMcCrayWhbfTv/
In the Quad Cities our best chance for the solar burst to arrive would be Sunday night as skies are more likely to be clear then. Right now some indications point to Saturday night, while others suggest it could be Sunday night. Saturday night is more likely to be cloudy with some showers.
While this is rare around our area, it does sometimes happen. And if you’ve ever seen the aurora, you know it’s worth checking it out if it happens!
For best viewing, the further North you are the better. It’s just as important to be away from city lights too.
Here’s a forecast from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. This suggests the aurora likely for Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, and possible all the way South to St. Louis.
And this image comes from the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
We’ll keep you updated with more info as we get closer to the weekend!