Northern Lights Visible Across Portions of Iowa?

A solar flare erupted on the surface of the sun Friday night, and that energy is now heading toward Earth.

The display, also known as Aurora Borealis, would be the result of an unusually large July 14 coronal mass ejection — a huge explosion of plasma and magnetic field from the sun’s corona — colliding with the earth’s magnetic field.

According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which provides aurora forecasts, this solar phenomenon could even make the northern lights visible as far south as northern Iowa, well below their usual range.

What does that mean for the area? Nothing adverse, but it could mean those in northern Iowa could have a good opportunity to see the Northern Lights/aurora Sunday night, low on the horizon with clear skies in the forecast.

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:

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