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Northern Lights expected to be visible for most of Canada

TCS Wire

August 19, 2022

The Weather Network predicts that the Northern Lights will be visible from most places in Canada tonight.

Northern Lights expected to be visible for most of Canada
Northern Lights expected to be visible for most of Canada

“Due to a combination of impacts from solar activity, most of Canada may have a chance to see auroras in the nights ahead,” reports The Weather Network.

To view the aurora, reasonably clear skies are necessary, so those experiencing stormy weather might miss out.

Based on cloud forecasts, those between the Kp lines of 3 and 7 should be able to view the lights, with the best viewing points falling in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and even parts of southwestern Ontario.

According to The Weather Network, the chance phenomenon is a result of a series of solar flares and storms earlier in the week, with a moderate geomagnetic storm watch now in effect for tonight as scientists track four coronal mass ejections that could affect Earth’s magnetic field.

“As of Friday morning, it appears that the CME impacts and coronal hole high-speed stream effects did not combine as expected. As a result, while geomagnetic activity was elevated, it only reached G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm levels overnight,” reports The Weather Network.

Besides Canada, some in the northernmost regions of the United States, such as Minneapolis and Milwaukee, as well as those in Scotland and northern England, are also expected to be able to spot the Northern Lights.

However, while the aurora is undeniably beautiful, some communications and navigation infrastructure may be impacted by the same geomagnetic phenomenon that causes the visually stunning ripples in the night sky.

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