February 13, 2014 - 11:19 AM
VALENTINES DAY GIFT FROM SPACE
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — If you're stuck without an idea for what to do Valentine's Day (this Friday in case you've forgotten) another geomagnetic storm could make the aurora borealis visible from our little piece of Earth Friday evening—perfect for a little romance.
The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a forecast watch beginning Feb. 14. The geomatic storms could produce some 'fantastic auroras farther south than usual.” The storms are expected to be minor to moderate. Moderate storms are not rare but with clear, dark skies and if you live far enough north (pretty much anywhere in Canada according to the prediction center) the light show could be 'great.'
“This means, if it is clear and dark and you are located in the northern tier states... you may be able to sit under the stars and enjoy the northern lights with your sweetheart on Valentine's Day!” according to a recent Facebook post by the center.
A small showing of northern lights was visible this past weekend in some parts of the region thanks to a minor storm and mostly clear skies. The prediction center did not expect to see much activity from that storm.
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