View Full Version : Question on the Aurora Borealis.... in WA

07-21-2008, 12:32 AM
I have always wanted to see this but AK is a distance away from WA. Is it possible to see this phenomenin in WA?


Patrad Fischroy
07-21-2008, 08:11 AM
To find out look here

You can even subscribe, for a fee, to a service that will call you on the phone when there is an aurora predicted.

Bill O
07-21-2008, 08:38 AM
Actually, Alaska isn't very far from Washington at all.

Yes, under the right conditions you can see the aurora in WA.

07-22-2008, 01:31 AM
If NH can get AURBO's (METAR for Aurora Borealis), then WA, who is equal in latitude with NH for the most part, can get them. I know for a fact that WA has seen them because while growing up in CA, I saw at least three memorable ones and that is much further south than WA. Although they might night be as brilliant as Alaska's, they are still visible by the naked eye. Although this time of year, they are the rarest of rare. They are a tad more common in winter due to earth's tilt and the longer nights. Spaceweather.com is good or we use: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/pmap/ for an almost hourly forecast map of where they will be and their strength.

Patrad Fischroy
07-22-2008, 08:37 AM
Right now though, we are trending toward a solar minimum, a lull in sunspot activity, and the causes of the aurorae are lowered. That said, I have seen a few spectacular photos of some activity at the South Pole.


Patrad Fischroy
09-13-2008, 09:58 AM
Just a heads up, there is a forecast for this weekend

AURORA WATCH: Around the Arctic Circle, moonlight will compete with Northern
Lights. A solar wind stream flowing from a coronal hole on the sun is due to
hit Earth on Sept. 13th or 14th, possibly sparking high-latitude geomagnetic
storms. Sky watchers from Alaska to Scandinavia should be alert for auroras.

rom www.Spaceweather.com