Cross your fingers for clear skies this week because parts of Canada could be treated to a spectacular show thanks to an incredible atmospheric phenomenon — the Northern Lights.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a “G2 Moderate Watch” for September 1.
If you’re looking up at tonight’s skies, NOAA’s Aurora Forecast model shows that your best chance of seeing the Northern Lights in Canada is if you are located in the red zones.
Additionally, the University of Alaska issued a high Auroral activity alert for the same day.
“Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Vancouver, Helena, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Bay City, Toronto, Montpelier, and Charlottetown, and visible low on the horizon from Salem, Boise, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Indianapolis and Annapolis,” states the alert.
As for the day before, August 31, they also predict a ‘generally high’ display.
Auroral activity will be high on Saturday, weather permitting, the University says.
“Highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sept-Iles, and visible low on the horizon from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and Halifax.”
By September 2, active auroral displays will only be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Sept-Iles. The visibility will be low on the horizon from Vancouver, Great Falls, Pierre, Madison, Lansing, Ottawa, Portland and St. Johns.
To catch the lights in full display, try to head away from city centres, light pollution, and competing light sources in the sky.
Don’t forget your cameras, remember to be patient, and sit back and enjoy Mother Nature’s light show.