The Vancouverites were up ridiculously early and trying to see the Northern Lights

To say that Vancouver is excited about the potential arrival of the Northern Lights is an understatement. Lots of eager sky observers went out in the early morning hours on Saturday, October 30 to try to catch a glimpse of the northern lights – but failed.

On Monday, October 11, many locals managed to see them over Metro Vancouver.

Then forecasts showed that the best time to see them again would be between 6 p.m. 2.00 and 5.00 on 30 October. Now the weather forecast has changed and Vancouver could get a chance to see them on Halloween night.

Based on the posts on social media, it seemed that the busiest places to see were at Porteau Cove, Spanish Banks and Prospect Point.

“No northern lights seen from Vancouver tonight,” reads a tweet. “The Prospect Point parking lot was full. Lots of young people hanging around at 3am and looking, but nothing.”

A reddit user shared their experience with Spanish banks and described it as a dud in colorful language. “The only lights I could see were from the hundreds of cars,” they wrote.

It appeared that Spanish banks were also busy, according to Twitter users. If you are planning to try to see them for yourself, just be aware that you are probably not the only person with the same idea.

“Spanish banks are just as busy at 3 in the morning as on a hot summer day,” wrote one Twitter user.

Even people out at Porteau Cove, a great lookout point an hour north of Vancouver, where some spectacular photos of the Northern Lights have been taken in the past, did not seem to find anyone this time.

But do not lose heart yet. Keep in mind that these are forecasts, and like the weather, they are likely to change.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center in the United States issued a geomagnetic storm guard that could increase the chances of Vancouver seeing the Northern Lights.

You can also check the Aurora Forecast from the University of Alaska Fairbanks for more tips and Space Weather Live to see the probability forecast.

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