One Man's Alaska

A race between the clouds and the northern lights

August 5, 2010

It's 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, and I'm anxiously waiting to see who is going to win this race. The skies were mostly clear just an hour ago, and I was holding out hope that I'd be able to see the northern lights tonight, assuming they actually happen. But now some heavy storm clouds are moving in, and it looks like the whole sky may be blanketed by them soon.

If the clouds should happen to part this evening, this map from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Geophysical Institute shows where the northern lights show may be most visible:

The most likely places to see the northern lights in Alaska (aurora borealis)

I was well north of Talkeetna last night, and found some clear sky, but I didn't see any lights, so tonight I'm going to try the opposite approach, and sit in my recliner with my video recorder nearby, and see if the lights come to me. :)

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