Mother Nature May Bring Us a Green Sky for St. Patrick’s Day

2013-03-16 18:53:00.000 – Roger Pushor,  Weather Observer/IT Specialist


According to NOAA-NWS’s Space Weather Prediction Center, a moderate to possibly strong geomagnetic storm is expected Saturday night into Monday morning – possibly allowing for green skies on St Patrick’s Day. This means that the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights to some, may be visible in parts of New England this weekend. Best viewing will be in areas with views that stretch well north, away from cities, with the better chances the further north you are located. However, you will want to bundle up as it will be cold and if possibly photographing, be aware summits will be very cold, windy, with a touch of fog tonight.

The Mount Washington Observatory staff does not forecast or monitor these types of events. However, you can refer to the links below or use a search engine like Google for further information surrounding this upcoming event. However, if we see anything or learn of anything further through other blogs, forecast pages we follow, etc., we will try to pass the information along on our Facebook page. Some pictures of past displays of the Northern Lights as seen from the summit can be seen on ourSmug Mug page or on Facebook.

Current Space Weather Conditions
Three Day Space Weather Forecast
Space Weather
Auroral Activity Extrapolated from NOAA POES
OVATION Auroral Forecast
Michigan Tech
University of Alaska Geophysical Institute Aurora Forecast for Saturday, March 16, 2013


Roger Pushor,  Weather Observer/IT Specialist

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