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#1 Posted on 7.11.04 2352.58
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Anyone else in the colder regions of the world get to see the northern lights tonight? I'm in northern NY (Potsdam), and they were more spectacular than usual. I hear they will be visible tomorrow night as well, with the same above-average intensity, so check em out.
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#2 Posted on 8.11.04 0442.58
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The aurora borealis was very active around this part of Wisconsin all last night. Way cool.

(EDIT: Click here for's (my employer) weather page, complete with a couple of nice downloadable pictures of the northern lights, submitted by our viewers.)

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#3 Posted on 8.11.04 0651.33
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Apprently, they made it to the Baltimore/Washington suburbs as well, though I personally did not see them.
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#4 Posted on 8.11.04 0817.44
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I was hoping this thread was gonna be about my favorite suplex...

Couldn't see them here in Calgary last night, but I've been lucky enough to see them before.
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#5 Posted on 8.11.04 1703.46
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My sister said that they could be seen from Southern Ontario.
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#6 Posted on 9.11.04 0703.14
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I read something in the paper this morning that they were also seen in El Paso....
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#7 Posted on 9.11.04 1724.47
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If you get a chance during one of these events, check out your AM radio band. More often than not, you won't have a lot of signal from areas even to and north of you, and there will be a lot of Spanish on the dial.

Sometimes there will be a great deal of random atmospheric noise that'll drown this effect out, but you will probably hear Mexico on AM 900, AM 540 and/or AM 730 among others...

Cuba will be heard on AM 600 and probably AM 640.

I have a nice cassette recording of twenty years ago during an "auroral" session of a station called "La Voz de Victoria" from Colombia on AM 1140. I heard this loud, clear and alone on a portable radio near Champaign IL.

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#8 Posted on 10.11.04 1149.31
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I saw them last night here in coastal Maine. Unbelievably bright and defined (and HUGE). It was great. Check it out if you have the chance.
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#9 Posted on 13.11.04 0838.11
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    Originally posted by girl
    My sister said that they could be seen from Southern Ontario.
I live in a quiet town in Northern Ontario, between Sault Ste Marie and Sudbury, so I'm certain it'd be easy to catch it

What's the best weather conditions/time/whatever to catch it?
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#10 Posted on 13.11.04 0927.42
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    Originally posted by SOK
    What's the best weather conditions/time/whatever to catch it?

Clear nights between 11PM and 3AM, or so says my old Meteorology book. Haze, fog, moonlight, and ambient light will all obscure the Northern Lights. It's very low in the sky at my latitude (State College, PA), but we see it often.

For information on conditions, click here ( If I'm remembering correctly, you want the Bz line to be at -10 for about an hour or so, the density to be less than 10, and the speed to be at or over 500. This data is taken way out in space, so that means that the Northern lights are still some minutes away. It's a realtime graph, so it's a pretty good guide.

Also, for Canadians, my old Meteorology bookmarks sent me to this site ( I don't think that it's realtime, but if the graphs are going crazy, then there's a good chance you'll see the Northern Lights.

I knew keeping all of my old coursework would come in handy one day (ha!). I'm a big science geek, yes.
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#11 Posted on 13.11.04 1507.41
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Supposedly, they've been seen as far south as here in Santa Barbara. Not the spectacular display that you see up farther north, but some reddish glow in the northern sky.
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#12 Posted on 13.11.04 2223.25
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I was able to see the lights in Missouri. They were quite impressive.
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