Look up, Western New York! Chance to see the Northern Lights tonight

Aurora Borealis could be visible Thursday
APTOPIX Alaska Daily Life
Posted at 10:55 AM, Dec 10, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A G3 (strong) geomagnetic storm watch is in effect for tonight. We don't see that too often in Western New York, and it could mean a rare sighting of the Aurora Borealis.

G3 shock observed

On December 7th, a coronal mass ejection (CME) occurred. This was a massive solar flare erupting on the sun. This means that our area could be treated to quite the celestial event as CME-related disturbances are expected to continue into Thursday night. A rare chance to see the Northern Lights could occur tonight. If you see a red glow or green glow this evening to the north then you have spotted the Northern Lights.

The forecast calls for skies to clear out later Thursday and we should see partly cloudy skies overnight. Winds will be light and temperatures will be in the low to mid 30s.

Aurora Borealis

You want to look northward and be as far away from artificial light as possible. The best viewing will be after midnight. You'll want to let your eyes adjust for a few minutes to the darkness.