The aurora’s back! Nothing at 9:15 p.m. but at 9:20 p.m. (CDT) a big green arc suddenly lit the north. I thought it was moonrise but the glow was far too sudden. Ten minutes later multiple arcs of emerald-hued light punctuated by several tall faint rays covered more than half the northern sky. If you’ve got clear skies and a good view to the north, take a look right now. Let’s hope they last. Happy aurora hunting!
UPDATE 10:05 p.m. — Good lord! As quickly as they arrived, the northern lights have vanished. I searched with the camera a few minutes ago and there was nothing to be seen. Moonlight’s back but not strong. FYI – the Kp index shot up to “6″ at 10 p.m. That translates to a moderate storm with auroras visible into New York and Idaho. Anyone else see this? Time to head back outside.