Northern Lights show better than expected!

October 2, 2013

Aurora over Torch Lake

Aurora over Torch Lake, photo by HLHigham

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center posted Geomagnetic Storm Starts Early about 8 hours ago:

The awaited CME passed the ACE spacecraft around 0100 UTC on October 2 (9:00 p.m. EDT October 1), sooner than forecasters had expected. G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic Storming now prevails, with the prospects of G2 (Moderate) levels still to come. The shock had no effect on the current Solar Radiation Storm, still declining through the S1 (Minor) category. Aurora watchers in North America may want to check the skies in the next few hours.

Those who got out were rewarded, and there’s more on tap for tonight. With this strong on an aurora at Torch Lake, the might be visible tonight in Grand Rapids or even further south!

I posted a photo from Heather just a couple of days ago, but sometimes convention needs to take a back seat to beauty! Check this out background bigtacular and in her Night Sky slideshow. 

PS: Shawn Malone simply posted “Oh My” about an hour ago, so definitely take a look at her Lake Superior Photo Facebook later today when she’s had a chance to grab some shut-eye and post them!

14 Responses to “Northern Lights show better than expected!”


  1. Curious, around what time were the lights on display? around 2/3am- ish?

  2. farlane Says:

    Heather’s photo looks like it was taken around 2:30 AM – a pretty standard time. You can usually start looking at 10 or 11 PM.

  3. 6sailingaway@msn.com Says:

    If you read & scroll down, it says the northern lights, tonight, might even stretch down to Grand Rapids:-)

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

    Michigan

  4. l.lang@comcast.net Says:

    Please change my email to : lindalang876@gmail.com

  5. Heather Says:

    Thank you Andrew for featuring my photo – even if you did just share one ;)
    To everyone asking, this shot was taken at about 12:45am.


    • Dear Heather, we only get to come up in the summers but I LOVE THIS PICTURE!!! And no, I’m not a “fudge”, I used to live in Mt. Pleasant :) Thanks for sharing your amazing pic of the most beautiful lake on earth, even at night!!!
      Stacy Krambeck

      • Heather Says:

        What a sweet comment Stacy. I’m so glad I could share it with you via Mr. Farlane’s blog! Thank you so much for the kind words :)


  6. Heather, were you at the South or North End of Torch Lake?

  7. Megan Lewis Says:

    Stunning! Absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    Must be south end as there is a reference to rapid city on it?


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