(UPDATE 12:30 a.m Monday.: Aurora is out! Tall, pulsating rays are reaching to the zenith. See photo below. The band of northern lights now extends well into the northern U.S.)
My city is mostly cloudy, but that sure didn’t stop the aurora from knocking on the door again tonight. At 10 p.m. (CDT) the auroral oval was still huge and active. It’s been that way the entire day since Saturday night – this is one long-duration geomagnetic storm.
My take on the recent satellite plots indicate that the Scandinavian countries, Scotland and northern Maine were experiencing auroras early Sunday evening. The rest of the northern U.S. followed suite at nightfall into the small hours of Monday morning.
There doesn’t appear to be any letup at this point, so if you live in the northern half of the U.S. and you’ve got good weather, head out somewhere with a wide open view to the north during evening twilight. Oh, and don’t forget the bug spray.
I’ll watch the buttons and dials back here in the control room, but if you spot the shimmery green stuff, please let me know so I can update with your on-the-ground reports. The more eyes the better. Good luck and may the electrons be with you!