'Dazzling' Northern Lights anticipated Saturday night

Apr 12, 2013

Edmonds weather is expected to be “mostly cloudy” Saturday night, but on the off chance we might get some clearing, keep your eyes open early evening.

According to AccuWeather.com, “a solar flare that occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday morning may create a spectacular display of northern lights Saturday evening.

“The midlevel flare had a long duration and was directed at Earth.”

According to AccuWeather.com Astronomer Hunter Outten, who stated that this flare was "impressive," these are the best conditions for seeing a direct effect on our planet.

On the Kp index, the flare has been categorized at 6 to 8. This is a scale for measuring the intensity of a geomagnetic storm. The 6 to 8 rating means that the effects of the radiation will have a greater reach.

For the full story on the geomagnetic storm go to:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/features/trend/dazzling_northern_lights_antic_1/10107004.

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