Beyond the Weather: Northern Lights

A dazzling sky phenomenon known as the Northern Lights might be visible in parts of New Jersey and New York this weekend experts say

A dazzling sky phenomenon known as the Northern Lights might be visible in parts of New Jersey and New York this weekend experts say

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a solar storm expected this weekend may induce power grid fluctuations, causing Northern Lights to be visible at high latitudes from northern MI to Maine.

The stunning natural light show may be visible as far south as NY and Chicago on Saturday night thanks to an incoming geomagnetic storm, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center said.

NOAA, an American agency that monitors the atmosphere, said the Northern Lights could be visible as far south as MI and Wisconsin in the United States.

The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere.

With clear skies forecast and a "coronal mass ejection" set to arrive Saturday, an aurora could be visible as far south as Chicago, according to prediction center estimates.

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Unfortunately, that March supermoon that everyone was buzzing about two days ago will still be almost full Friday night and Saturday night, making it a bit tougher to see the northern lights. Sometimes the sky is quiet, then suddenly lights up with color. "Further north, you're pretty likely to see something", said Diamond. But those closest to the auroral oval have the best chance of seeing the northern lights. Because the northern lights occur above the clouds, check the weather forecast in your area before going out.

Those at higher latitudes are more likely to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis said the Met Office, particularly those in Scotland.

"However, the clearest skies are further east in Aberdeenshire, where there are plenty of clear skies".

For Pittsburgh to see the Northern Lights, we need to see a 7 or 8 register on this index.

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