Aurora Watch for January 8th, 2014

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The Aurora Gods came together today.   The Sun has been super-active over the last couple days.   Sunspot 1944 is now at beta-delta-gamma, and produced an x-class flare today.  The Space Weather Prediction Center posted a watch for tonight with a possible Kp = 5, and a watch for tomorrow night for a G2 storm with Kp values up to 6.  SWPC has hinted that we may hit Major Storm Level on the January 9th. The timing of this potential storm is perfect, it should be clear across most of the north eastern United States. However, the Midwest is more likely to have clouds thanks to waning the Polar Vortex.

Yea – I’m excited, this is the best setup since the night we saw the Aurora in Malletts Bay.

— Charles

4 thoughts on “Aurora Watch for January 8th, 2014”

  1. Can’t wait; keep us posted!!
    What’s best way to know the kp # for northern Vermont? It varies, but isn’t it usually greater than 6?

    1. Hi Bobbie,
      Great question! Typically if the kP is 6 or higher you’ll be able to see the Aurora in Vermont. However, there have been times when the Aurora has been visible with a kP of 5.

  2. This is a really great site! However, I need to correct one piece of incorrect meteorology above. The skies may actually not be totally clear the next couple nights. Clouds may linger tonight- tomorrow (Thursday night) will likely be the clearest. And the skies are NOT clear because of the polar vortex. The skies are clear because of high pressure moving into the area… big difference. The polar vortex is just an area of very cold air at the 500mb level of the atmosphere, which helps to steer in cold air to the surface.

    1. Thanks Hayley,

      We got the polar vortex confused with a traditional cold arctic high pressure. It looks like it will be clearing in the Northeast tonight (Thursday) and partly cloudy in the Midwest. I’ve updated the post to be more correct.

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