Solar flare promises Northern Lights over Illinois
January 8, 2014 11:40PM
Out of the polar vortex, into the Aurora borealis. Quite an atmospheric week around here.
Northerners thawing out from a bitter freeze — including our Chiberia — may get rewarded with shimmering northern lights the next couple days.
Federal space weather forecaster Joe Kunches said the sun shot out a strong solar flare late Tuesday, which should arrive at Earth early Thursday. It should shake up Earth’s magnetic field and expand the Aurora Borealis south, possibly as far south as Colorado and central Illinois. He said best viewing would probably be Thursday evening, weather permitting.
The forecast in Chicago for Thursday, though, calls for snow in the afternoon and cloud cover.
The University of Alaska’s Geophysical Institute predicts much of Canada and the northern fringes of the U.S. should see the northern lights. Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, Seattle and Des Moines might see the shimmering colors low on the horizon, according to the Associated Press.