You Can See The Northern Lights Across The US This Weekend

The best tips to see the light show in action.

Aurora in Tromso
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We might be ready for spring, but cities like New York and Chicago are getting a reminder of much colder temperatures this weekend. Thanks to a huge solar explosion happening this Saturday, the Northern Lights will be visible in lower regions than usually possible. The geothermal waves set off by the Sun's storm will give the Northern US a rare chance to see the stunning light show usually reserved for our polar neighbors.

The National Space Weather Predication Center, part of NOAA, has released a geothermal storm warning for Saturday with a map showing Seattle, Chicago, Boston and New York as some of the major cities most likely to see the Aurora Borealis.

A G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic storm watch is in effect for the 23 March, 2019 UTC-day due to anticipated CME arrival. The CME was associated with a C4 flare on 20 March, 2019 at 1118 UTC (0718 EDT). Continue to monitor our SWPC webpage for additional updates. pic..com/tjZIGFiLSz

— NOAA Space Weather (@NWSSWPC) March 20, 2019

You can't just look out of your apartment window for this show. Check your local weather forecast to make sure there are no clouds in the sky and pack up for the mountains. To get a good look at the lights you'll want to avoid as much light pollution as possible, which means ditching the city for a more rural area. Like any winter trip, you'll want to bundle up, especially since there's no prediction for what time the show will start. Meterologist Joe Charlesvoix tweeted, "The Northern Lights may be visible Saturday night. This will pair with completely clear skies. This is not a guarantee but conditions are favorable", so sign up for a long night with snacks and hand warmers if you want to catch the lights without the travel.

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