New Year’s Solar Storm to Bring Aurora Borealis to Oregon
A large solar flare is expected to erupt just ahead of New Year’s and one of the most intriguing results will be how it affects the northern lights.
According to SFGate.com, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projected the solar eruption to make the aurora borealis visible in Oregon and possibly even as far south as California’s Bay Area.
The NOAA recently upgraded the solar flare to a G3 geomagnetic storm, a rating two places away from the highest it could be. It is expected to hit the Earth Wednesday.
“It’s certainly possible,” Terry Onsager, an NOAA physicist, told SFGate.com of the possibility the Bay Area sees the northern lights. “It depends entirely on the strength of the storm. If it turns out to be stronger than that, it could be seen.
“The whole earth’s magnetic system is embedded in this flowing ‘battery,’ and that is what drives the electric currents around us.”