The Northern Lights could adorn Vancouver’s skyline Saturday night

Vancouver –

The Northern Lights may be visible from Vancouver and several other North American cities on Saturday night thanks to a geomagnetic storm.

Cities as far south as Portland, Ore. and New York City can see the green and blue dancing lights, according to the U.S.-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Northern Lights, also called the aurora borealis, are usually seen in regions far to the north, but occasionally appear further south. During the Thanksgiving weekend, for example, the Northern Lights dazzled Vancouver’s sky.

The lights are a natural light display that occurs when the Earth’s magnetosphere is disturbed by the solar wind. From Metro Vancouver, they will most likely be seen coming up behind the local northern mountains.

“A significant solar flare and coronal mass ejection from the sun” occurred on October 28, according to NOAA. The solar wind, which is expected to cause a geomagnetic storm, is expected to reach Earth on October 30, and its effects are likely to continue until October 31.

According to the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ forecast from kl. 12:00 on October 30, there may be “very active Northern Lights screens” above, weather permitting. The school publishes an “Aurora Forecast” every night at midnight.

The lights are easier to see when the sky is free of clouds, and on Saturday, Vancouver’s sky was clear and full of sunshine after a wind and rain storm swept through the region earlier in the week.

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