Northern Lights May Be Visible Tonight in Iowa 9/29

Northern Lights in Iowa

Heads up stargazers, photographers, and anyone who enjoys the outdoors. This evening, the northern lights will be low on the horizon, as far south as southern Iowa. A G2 (Moderate) Geomagnetic Storm Alert was issued as effects from a large coronal hole high speed stream continue. Conditions are expected to reach G2 on September 29th and 30th, before gradually decreasing in intensity to G1 (Minor) storm levels on October 1st.

This should provide the opportunity for a few nights of northern lights photography. Stay tuned to the Iowa Storm Chasing Network for updates!


Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at:

(9) Comments

  1. Generally speaking, there is no way to predict more than a few hours out when aurora will or will not appear due to several influential factors that constantly change. Typically, viewing is best after midnight, but this is not a hard/fast rule. Stay as far away from cities and light pollution as you can; most rural areas in Iowa are fine. A good rule of thumb is, if you can easily see the Milky Way, you are in a dark enough location to view the aurora – then it’s just a waiting game.

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