Strong Geomagnetic Storm Hits Earth, Northern Lights May Be Visible
Have you ever seen the Northern Lights?
I remember viewing the glowing pink steaks of the Aurora Borealis during a trip to Montana one time and they are spectacular. After a severe geomagnetic storm hit Earth over the weekend, many states in North America may be seeing the Northern Lights.
On St. Patrick's Day, skies turned shamrock-green over many U.S. states including North and South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The Aurora Borealis was visible in the afterglow of sunset in a photo taken in Maine on March 17.
A pair of solar eruptions over the weekend, March 14 and 15, unleashed a severe geomagnetic storm that could disrupt power and communications on Earth, according to officials at the Space Weather Prediction Center.
The storm ranks as a G4 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scale of one to five, with five being the worst. The storm grew stronger and moved faster than anticipated.
So far, officials have received no reports of power outages, and there is no indication of an accompanying radiation storm, which is a bit unusual. The geomagnetic storm is expected to last 24 to 36 hours.