Rare Solar Flare to Spark Northern Lights Across Iowa

People as far south as southern Iowa may be able to see the northern lights the next few nights, thanks to a powerful sun storm. On Monday, the sun blasted out a huge cloud of superheated plasma known as a coronal mass ejection (CME). This fast-moving CME is expected to slam into Earth overnight Wednesday, triggering strong geomagnetic storms.

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has issued a strong geomagnetic storm watch (G3) for Sept. 6-7, with “most likely area of aurora extent.”

Wednesday’s aurora may be especially difficult to see because a bright moon will rise at the start of the evening for the northern US states and set in the morning, potentially dampening the light show to some degree. Nonetheless, the X9.3 flare this morning should create a great show the next couple of nights.

Check back to IowaChase.com for the latest northern lights update. Be sure to also download our Storm Hunter WX app to see if clouds will impede your northern lights viewing.

Story Image: Isaac Slings

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: https://www.facebook.com/stormchaserzach/

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