Find out when and how you can view these sublime exhibits.
Cupid may be hitting the Lower Mainland with a greenish glow ahead of this week’s Hallmark Holiday.
Metro Vancouver’s weather forecast calls for a clear night on Tuesday, February 13th, with a good chance locals will be able to see the Northern Lights.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center announced that several coronal mass ejections (CMEs) have reached Earth’s atmosphere over the past few days. CMEs are eruptions of solar material that can cause an increase in geomagnetic activity.
a Small to moderate geomagnetic storm (G1 or G2) watches have been issued from Monday through Wednesday, and the space center says “the aurora may become visible in some northern and midwestern states from New York to Idaho.”
On Tuesday, the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) announced a veryhigh activity“Aurora borealis may be visible in the skies from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Vancouver, Helena, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Bay City, Toronto, Montpelier and Charlottetown, as well as Salem, Boise, Cheyenne, Lincoln and Indiana. Police, and Annapolis.”
The university’s online aurora monitor map shows areas where the aurora’s green glow is likely to reach and other areas where it’s less likely. Additionally, there is a brief explanation below the map of the day’s aurora activity. You can also switch to other days and check the weather forecast.
Second chance to see the Northern Lights in Metro Vancouver
You’ll have a second chance to see the Northern Lights this Wednesday, Valentine’s Day. UAF said aurora activity will also be “active,” although slightly less than Tuesday night.
The display will be visible overhead from “Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sept Isles” and low on the horizon from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston and Halifax. You can see. . ”
We recommend traveling outside of the downtown area, preferably at a higher elevation, as city lights can obscure views of the sky. Some areas just outside of Metro Vancouver are well-known for their high probability of sightings, such as Porteau Cove, about 20 kilometers south of Squamish.
Of course, even if you do spot an aurora, it probably won’t look green or any other color. Instead, I see something moving, a milky white arc in the sky. To capture that green glow, you’ll need to use a longer exposure camera.