Northern Lights Last Night, Just Not Here

November 14th, 2012 at 4:37 pm by under Weather

Northern Lights from Northern Indiana

Even though the Northern Lights were very active last night, they were not visible from Indiana.  We can see the Northern Lights this far south, just look at the picture I posted above from last fall which was taken in northern Noble county.

If you want to see a great time lapse from Minnesota, check out this blog post from the Tornado Titans!  Over the last year, I have really admired this group of storm chasers and their amazing storm photos.

Here is another photo gallery from Spaceweather.com.  These pictures were taken just last night.

So, how do we know if the Northern Lights are coming?   Most times, we have very little lead time and monitor solar activity on the sun.

Estimated Planetary K Index from the Space Prediction Center

One product I monitor for the Northern Lights is the Planetary K Index from the Space Prediction Center in Boulder Colorado.  Any time the K index is in the red, we are undergoing a geomagnetic storm, something that is directly related to Northern Light activity.

It does not appear we will have a chance to see the Northern Lights tonight, but the next time we do, I will post a comment on our WANE Facebook page, or our Twitter account, @wanewx.

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