Northern lights may be visible again in Pennsylvania

Looking for another opportunity to see the Northern Lights in Pennsylvania?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, issued a statement this week that the colorful display known as the Aurora Borealis may be visible again over parts of the northern and upper Midwestern United States from New York to Idaho on Friday night.

A moderate geomagnetic solar storm, known as a coronal mass ejection, will hit Earth again, according to NOAA. The last solar flare on May 10 allowed some northern Pennsylvania residents to glimpse the lights, but in southeastern Pennsylvania, visibility was patchy due to cloud cover. Some Lehigh County residents, however, reported catching glimpses.

The National Weather Service is forecasting clear skies for southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey tonight. This includes Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania and Mercer County in New Jersey.

The National Weather Service is forecasting clear skies in southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Friday night, May 31, 2024, so it may be possible to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)

The line of sight of the Northern Lights will shift further north on Saturday night. According to NWS forecasts, it could also be clear there.

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