Northern Lights could be seen in West Michigan on Sunday night
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Stargazers could be in for a treat as a cold front leaves West Michigan behind Sunday afternoon, setting the stage to possibly see the Northern Lights on Sunday night into Monday morning.
The Space Weather Prediction Center issued a Geomagnetic Storm Watch for Sunday night to Monday after a solar flare ejected mass amounts of energy towards Earth, which was observed on Friday.
The Space Weather Prediction Center observed a solar wind shock, likely associated with the arrival of a coronal mass ejection, Sunday morning. This triggers a geomagnetic storm warning effective Sunday and Sunday night for G2 (moderate) Aurora activity as far south as Washington to Michigan to New York.
As electrically charged particles interact with Earth's atmosphere, a spectacular wave of colors could transpire and the phenomenon is known as the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis.
A few wild cards playing into West Michigan's potential for seeing the Northern Lights will be cloud cover and timing. Severe Weather Center 3 is forecasting decreasing clouds after dark, but starry skies are ideal for seeing the spectacular light show. Also, since solar wind data spiked Sunday morning, the action could happen before it gets dark. It's still worth finding a dark spot away from city lights, and looking up.
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