Millions disappointed as Northern lights predictions fall short
While millions were given the news a few days ago (Thursday 4/11) by the media across the country of of the largest solar flare of the year, many had anticipated an explosion of colorful lights to fill the chilly night and early morning sky on Saturday 4/13.
Some were speculating the lights to be seen as far South as New York, The Dakota's. even Iowa and Kansas with many staying up late to catch a glimpse of this rare event.
Social media was alive on Facebook and Twitter as folks across the Northern US headed out of town to where the city light pollution makes it difficult to view the lights in the upper atmosphere. Facebook pages like Aurora Lovers with a large group of followers in the Anchorage,Alaska area were busy sending in reports or lack there of, of the mega event of the year.
Servers at popular Aurora Borealis forecasting sites like the Geophysical Institute at University of Alaska Fairbanks, went down with a crash as millions tried to view the site to see if the coronal mass ejections and it's accompanying solar winds had reached the earth to cause a geomagnetic storm making the spectacular auroral displays dip down into the lower latitudes depending on the storms intensity
They never did arrive here in the US as anticipated which was a disappointment to many. Points further North did get some activity, however was not the spectacular display that had millions across the country buzzing. It was "Business as usual" in places like Fairbanks,Alaska and Yellowknife in the NWT of Canada where these auroral displays are a common occurrence during the Winter months and shorter daylight hours.
Spokesman with popular Alaska website, "Your Alaska Guide" was quoted as saying, we are winding down with the Northern Lights viewing season as Alaska's days grow longer by 5 minutes or better of daylight each day as we get deeper into the Spring making these displays harder and harder to see.
However, we do have another popular event for those looking to the skys for excitement, the" Leonids Meteor Shower" Starts in a few days with the peak being Sunday and Monday April 21st & 22nd.
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