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    Northern Lights on their way

    I know some are keen to see the Northern Lights and the good news is that we could be in for a big display at some point in the next 48 hours.

    There is a very high probability that a solar wind stream will spark the highest level of geomagnetic storm on 2nd or 3rd November. Forecasters are predicting a display of Aurora in the USA to at least 44 degrees North, London is at 51 North for example. Given this the aurora should be visible across the whole of the UK, and most of France as well, if the forecasts are correct.

    In order to see the aurora the solar wind needs to arrive as predicted. It also needs to arrive during the hours of darkness and you need to have a clear sky free of clouds to see the aurora at its best.

    Then you need to put some effort in. You will not see the aurora by peeking out a window during the commercial break in Emmerdale Farm. So, get yourself outside to an area with dark skies, if necessary hop in the car and drive to a more remote rural spot with no light pollution. Let your eyes adapt to the dark for at least 15 minutes. It is also useful to understand that the aurora can be "peaky" and so there may be a long period with just a green glow before it takes off and gives you 5 or 10 amazing minutes and then just stops.

    Here is some timelapse video of the aurora on the beach at Shawbost (in the Hebrides) that I shot a few weeks back. The storm predicted for the next 48 hours is much more extreme than this was:

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    Thanks for that, will watch the skies .

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    Amazing footage, unfortunately the weather forecast doesn't look too promising for us for the next couple of days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flatliner View Post
    Amazing footage, unfortunately the weather forecast doesn't look too promising for us for the next couple of days.
    Excellent forecast for the North Coast with cloud clearing just after dark tonight (Monday) and staying completely clear until daybreak. Couldn't be better.
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    Just to update everyone - the solar wind didn't hit us last night but was starting building from about 0700 this morning (Tuesday) and it has now got to the level where there are some reports of aurora in cloud free areas of Scotland. As yet this isn't a big hit and so it is probably not worth looking in the south but, of course, it could take of any any moment. If you want to see it and have relatively cloud free skies then keep an eye on the magnotometer to see how things are developing over the evening:

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    Always wanted to this but I don't think there is a lot of chance down here

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    Been pea soup and rain here

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