The Northern Lights May Be Visible From Iowa This Week
Experts are saying that there is at least a chance that the Northern Lights just might be visible from the state of Iowa this week. What an amazing sight it would be!
According to OurQuadCities.com, our sun has produced what are called coronal mass ejections, or CMEs. They are currently headed towards Earth as we speak. In fact, a G3 geomagnetic storm watch has been issued for later this week. The storm was initially predicted to be a G2 in strength. But since it has been upgraded to a G3, there is a chance that the Northern Lights will be visible as far south as Iowa. Check out the map from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.
That thin green line extends down south of the state of Iowa. Obviously, your chances to see the Northern Lights increase the farther north you travel. Your best chance to see them will be Wednesday and Thursday night. The weather forecast looks like it should cooperate too with clear skies forecast, especially for later tonight.
Viewing the Northern Lights means you'll need to head north of the bright lights of any city you live near. Look north towards the horizon and you just might be able to see the green and red glowing lights produced by the sun's flares hitting the Earth's atmosphere. If you happen to catch any photos of this amazing occurrence, share them with us on the 98.1 KHAK app! Good luck!