The Northern Lights Could Be Brilliant In The Maine Sky Monday Night
Normally, the Aurora Borealis (AKA The Northern Lights) is only visible in the far, far, FAR north!
However, sometimes, when the atmospheric activity is just right, we get an amazing light show. It looks as though that may happen across much of New England tonight.
What Is The Aurora Borealis?
According to the Canadian Government website, the Northern Lights happen when charged particles collide with gases in the atmosphere. Each of these collisions causes a tiny flash of light. All of those tiny flashes add up to create a brilliant, ghostly-green, light show.
The website goes on to say:
Earth's magnetic field steers the charged particles towards the poles. The shape of Earth's magnetic field creates two auroral ovals above the North and South Magnetic Poles. That is why auroras occur almost every night in the northern sky, from August to May.
Maine, New Hampshire And Vermont
Normally, you have to be a lot closer to the poles in order to see the Aurora Borealis. It appears that conditions were just right for a much larger Aurora Borealis last night. The same should happen tonight.
Obviously, the farther north you go, the more breathtaking the lights will be.
The NOAA website has an Aurora Borealis forecasting tool on their website. Check it out HERE
Unfortunately, it looks like tonight is going to be kind of iffy weather-wise. At least here in Central Maine. The National Weather Service is calling for clouds and drizzle throughout the night. Maybe, if we are really lucky, we'll get a small break.