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Aurora Borealis Tonight In The Northeast … If You’re A Night Owl

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A “dazzling” sky show will be visible tonight, as New York City and other northeast burgs will get a possible Aurora Borealis sighting tonight.

If you plan to add “Aurora Borealis” to tonight’s drinking plans, there’s a few things you should know about viewing the result of a solar flare Thursday. One is that it may skip the East Coast altogether and remain viewable only for those on the West Coast, and that while 8 PM EST is the expected hour of observable Northern Lights activity, there is a seven hour spread during which the sky show may occur.

Accuweather gets in depth about Aurora Borealis tonight, telling readers by region how much of a show they can expect as night falls. According to the weather reporting site, it’s expected Manhattanites and those in surrounding areas will have a shot, but the middle of the country and flyover states won’t be as lucky:

“Viewing conditions will be best in the mid-Atlantic, specifically for parts of Pennsylvania and the Delmarva. Most of the country will have poor to fair views as a result of cloud cover, with areas further south not experiencing the aurora at all.”

Accuweather continues:

“A pocket of fair conditions sits over parts of Oregon into Washington and southern Idaho. A swath of partly cloudy conditions will also spread over a section of the Ohio Valley for parts of Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Ohio will experience fair to good viewing conditions. For the rest of the country conditions will be poor.”

Europe is also likely SOL when it comes to Aurora Borealis tonight, as much of that region is expecting cloud cover as well.

While we can’t say for certain the region will be treated to the Northern Lights phenomenon, there is a nearly 100 percent chance we will all get to see some Aurora Borealis drinking party shots tomorrow morning on Instagram.

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9 Responses to “Aurora Borealis Tonight In The Northeast … If You’re A Night Owl”

  1. Jeanne Brady Schreib

    "their is a seven hour spread during which the sky show may occur."
    REALLY? I thought "There" is a seven hour spread during which the sky show may occur.

  2. Barry L. Kramer

    The article edit showed *you*.
    Don't know the difference between "there", "their", and "they're" should == no diploma. Is it really that difficult, phone usage notwithstanding. Can I suggest to revoke your "top commenter" status? You don't deserve it.

  3. Jeff Karpinski

    I agree, Barry. If a person doesn't care about accuracy in their (!) writing, what does it say about their attention to scientific accuracy? Why are some people apparently proud of making mistakes?

    Then again, I noticed that NOAA's website was flummoxed by the difference between "it's" and "its", groan…