Nothing is promised, but if you’re out and about tomorrow – look up! According to NOAA, a G2 storm watch has been issued and those in Northern Alberta might see the Northern Lights on Wednesday.
“Auroral activity will be high. Weather permitting,” wrote University of Alaska Fairbanks ahead of May 10th, 2023.
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“Highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sept-Iles, and visible low on the horizon from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and Halifax.
While the city of Calgary will likely be left in the dark, Edmonton, Fort McMurray and towns north of the capital, could be in for a starry night display – as long as there aren’t too many clouds.
A phenomenon that occurs when gas from our neighbouring star collides with nitrogen in Earth’s atmosphere, the Northern Lights are often visible from destinations like the Yukon, Norway and Greenland.
Sometimes, however (when the sun is more active) the bright neon streaks are pushed down and out giving other provinces a better seat for the show.
Of course, nothing is promised and visibility could depend on the weather in your area so we wouldn’t recommend betting your life on anything.
Our advice? Don’t get your hopes up too high, pack some snacks and no matter where you live, head as far away from light pollution as you can. Who knows, you could be among the lucky few who get to see the Northern Lights in Alberta!
Good luck, remember to tag us in your photos and enjoy!
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