Storm Team 27: Aurora Borealis could be seen from Ohio Sunday night

The Northern Lights may be visible to some Valley residents who don't have to deal with showers and cloudy conditions

Northern lights (Dan Smeiska/Danstormpics)
Northern lights (Dan Smeiska/Danstormpics)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Across the upper midwest, people could soon see the Aurora Borealis — more commonly known as the Northern Lights.

It’s predicted to occur Sunday night into early Monday morning. Experts say the best viewing hours will be from 11 p.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday.

Last Thursday night, the Sun ejected a solar flare. This space weather sends out a wave — charged particles away from the Sun, known as a coronal mass ejection.

As the wave gets closer to the Earth, it will interact with the magnetic field.

The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a watch for likely G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm conditions. All this means is high-latitude power systems may experience voltage issues.

For those us here in the Valley, it means we could see the greenish tint of the lights. However, with scattered showers and storms in the forecast, it might be difficult to see.

We are right on the edge of the southern most viewing area, but the cloud coverage will make it almost impossible to see.


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