NASA says the recent energy shots from the sun, called Coronal Mass Ejections or CMEs, were weak CMEs. NASA says, however, that the combined strength of the three CMEs should disturb Earths magnetosphere enough to produce northern lights over the next few days.
NASA says the CMEs occurred around May 12. The animation above shows the sunspot pointed at Earth while energy was being shot out of the sunspot.
Paul Huttner is chief meteorologist for Minnesota Public Radio. Huttner has worked TV and radio stations in Minneapolis, Tucson and Chicago. Paul is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul and holds a bachelor’s degree in geography with an emphasis in meteorology.
Currently NASA predicts the brunt of the energy to arrive at Earths magnetosphere on May 15 and May 16. The diagram below shows where NASA currently forecasts the southern extent of the northern lights.
A few spotty showers may dot the Doppler late this afternoon and evening as a fading front sags south across Minnesota. Temperatures rise into the 70s this week. The Twin Cities peaks around 80 degrees with humidity Thursday afternoon.
We have a weak rain system moving through Michigan Wednesday into Thursday. I wouldnt get too down that skies will be entirely cloudy. Clouds will likely be patchy.
Geomagnetic storm triggers auroras; 70s return this week
As I wrote earlier this year, northern lights forecasting has few data points and chances for forecast updates.
Lets just keep this in the back of our minds for a possible northern lights viewing Wednesday night or Thursday night.
It may seem funny coming from me, a meteorologist, to question a forecast. Ive seen the more likely northern lights forecasts not show northern lights. Ive also seen low chance forecasts end up with vibrant northern lights. This is one reason northern lights remain so elusive to see, and exciting to hunt.
TOLEDO, OH (WOIO) – Northern Ohio got a rare treat Monday when the Aurora Borealis painted the night sky in the Toledo area.
Typically, the natural phenomenon — also known as the Northern Lights — only makes it this far north due to geomagnetic storms that create coronal mass ejections, according to 19 News Meteorologist Kelly Dobeck.
Surprise auroras lit up the night! Now watch for the encore!
If you missed out on the view last night, The Space Prediction Center reports another geomagnetic storm could arrive later this week, making Aurora viewing possible the the nights of May 15 and 16.
Geomagnetic storms could bring Northern Lights displays to Tayside and Fife tonight
Unfortunately clouds are in the forecast for both nights, but a few breaks could give some of us a great view.
While you were sleeping, they were dancing…. Last night for a brief moment the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)…