Chances increase for Northern Lights across Michigan tonight
Northern Lights appear over Ludington State Park in 2015 in Ludington, Mich.
Northern Lights lovers all across Michigan: Keep your fingers crossed and raise your eyes to the skies tonight.
Aurora hunters were able to see some good color in parts of the Upper Peninsula last night, and Sunday night’s geomagnetic storm conditions are expected to be even stronger, according to SpaceWeatherLive predictions.
The National Weather Service in Gaylord says conditions look favorable for tonight, with today’s clouds giving way to mostly clear skies tonight.
Geomagnetic storm watch issued due to exploding sunspot, Northern lights possible
Northern lights are possible this weekend.
A geomagnetic storm watch was issued through Monday, July 17, after a large sunspot ejected energy – called a Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME – as that area was facing Earth.
As this energy hits Earth, Northern Lights can flare.
The NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center is predicting a G2 geomagnetic storm, which is moderate strength.
SpaceWeatherLive say we could experience a G3, which would be even more intense. This also means Northern Lights could be visible farther south than usual.
Some predictions are calling for the lights to be visible as far south as Chicago and Detroit.
According to Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa, how far south auroras can be seen is linked to a kP value. At this time, the forecast is for a kP value of 6, or maybe even a 7.