Northern Lights Could Be Visible Over Greater Danbury and the Hudson Valley
Geomagnetic storms occurring on the surface of the Sun could bring quite the light show above Wednesday night through Friday. While normally witnessed in the much higher latitudes closer to the poles, the Aurora Borealis can dip as far south as the center of the U.S. AccuWeather says that the latest storm emanating from the Sun could be strong enough tor the Northern lights to be seen over Greater Danbury and the Hudson Valley.
But, as often, weather can play a role. Will the skies remain clear overnight for a good viewing?
What Are the Northern Lights?
The Aurora (or, Northern Lights) are caused by giant solar winds that carry ionize particles that end up slamming into the Earth's atmosphere near the poles. That is basically what causes the greenish ghostly lights in the sky, though they're not often seen in latitudes this far south.
NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center issued a G3 geomagnetic storm watch through Friday, This latest geomagnetic storm is rated a G3, on a scale of 1 to 5. And while this won't disrupt too much to out daily technology, it could drive the lights further south into our area. NOAA says that it can take around 15 to 18 hours for a coronal mass ejection to arrive from the Sun to Earth.
The Weather Channel says that Thursday night looks to be the slightly better chance to witness the Northern Lights Friday night will see skies remain mostly cloudy.