Northern lights dazzle Friday night; could be better Saturday night
That strong of a storm could make the northern lights visible on the northern horizon as far south as Kansas City, St. Louis, Evansville, Louisville, and Philadelphia.Of course, that would safely put northern Indiana and southwest Michigan well within the zone of possibly seeing the lights. If conditions do in fact reach G2 levels, the probability of seeing the lights is pretty good north of I-90 across northern Iowa, Minnesota, northern Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. As of Saturday morning, the best chance at seeing the northern lights looks to be between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. EDT Saturday night. It's important to note that the predictability of the aurora is never perfect. Just be aware that at any time the conditions could flare. That's why aurora hunters suggest using apps to constantly check the status of the geomagnetic activity. A few can be found at the bottom of this article. There are two variables that must be taken into account when attempting to snap unforgettable photos of the northern lights: cloud coverage and the moon's phase. Fortunately, the moon will be a non-factor with it being in its "new" phase. That means there will be no moonlight to obstruct your view.
Cloud cover is a slightly different story, though. Across Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, there will be patches of cloud cover to worry about Saturday evening into Saturday night. The good news is there will likely be a healthy amount of breaks in the clouds at times.
If you want the best chance at witnessing the lights tonight, be sure to check on the conditions constantly, monitor cloud cover, venture out into a dark place away from light pollution with a clear view to the north, and head as far north as you can. Good luck!