ROANOKE, Va. – NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center has forecast a G3 or strong, geomagnetic storm Thursday night.
When a solar storm interacts with Earth’s magnetic field, it sets off a display of the Northern Lights.
How strong that interaction is will determine how far south the aurora borealis can be seen.
A forecast from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks indicates a high likelihood of seeing the aurora in the Northern U.S.
Farther south, the chance is still there. There are exceptions, though.
For Virginians, it won’t be visible to the naked eye. You need a clear view of the northern sky, little-to-no light pollution and long exposure settings on a camera or smartphone.
This has been a very active year for the sun as it approaches a maximum in 2025.
Several local photographers have captured ‘Lady Aurora’ several times on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in 2023.
We explain what that could mean for the upcoming winter in our part of Virginia in our 30-minute special winter forecast.
This special will air again at 10 p.m. on December 6, 2023, on WSLS 10 News.