Experts: Solar storm means there’s a chance to see Northern Lights in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY – If you look to the sky tonight, you may be in for a show.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we’re in for a G3 magnetic storm Monday night.

Due to that storm, there is a chance that residents in the central part of the United States could see the Aurora borealis, which is also known as the Northern Lights.

The storm is expected to be rather strong, meaning the Aurora borealis may be visible as far south as Oklahoma City.

Credit: University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute

Credit: University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute

According to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, the portions of the continent in green and white  are almost certainly going to see some type of show from the atmosphere.

The green line is the dividing line. Any city north of that line has a chance to also see the Northern Lights.

“Auroral activity will be high. Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Igaluit, to Portland, OR, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Springfield, and New York City, and visible low on the horizon as far south as Carson City, Oklahoma City, and Raleigh,” the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute said on its website.

NOAA says a G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm Watch has been issued for Nov. 2 and Nov. 3.

A G2 (Moderate) Watch has been issued for Nov. 4.

While it is almost certain that residents in northern portions of the United States will be able to see the Northern Lights, there is a chance for Oklahomans.

The Aurora borealis, which is rarely seen in the Sooner State, may be visible depending on the sheer strength of the magnetic storm and how clear the skies are at the time.

Experts say the best time to see the Northern Lights is between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

However, the view from Oklahoma City will be quite different than the view in Alaska, where the Northern Lights are common and take up the whole sky.

Researchers say you will also have to be in a dark place with clear skies to see the Aurora borealis.

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