April 13, 2013 » 10:00 am EDT
Josh Owens, Severe Weather/Short Term Forecaster
Let the weekend begin, hello and good Saturday everyone! Today is our first day of feeling true spring temps with temps ranging from the mid 60s to low 70s in the metros. Clear skies will prevail with a few scattered clouds sprinkled on top, a slight breeze will help keep the air fresh as well. Overall the pattern for weather is rather dull and boring until Monday rolls around and we see our first legitimate chance of rain.
Have you ever seen the Aurora Borealis? You MIGHT get a chance to see them tonight according to AccuWeather. Normally dont use AccuWeather products in our discussions, but this warranted a mention. A powerful solar flare came off the sun early Thursday morning and is now on its way to earth. Luckily the earth has a magnetic field surrounding it that shields up from this “Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)” that comes from the sun, in return it dazzles us with a light show that it simply captivating. We may get a chance to see this tonight in our area for a breif time. “The lights are currently estimated for 8 p.m. EDT Saturday arrival, with a possible deviation of up to seven hours. If the radiation hits much after dark settles on the East Coast the lights may be missed and will instead only be visible for the West” mentions Samantha-Rae Tuthill of AccuWeather in a article written earlier this morning.
If you get a chance to see the northern lights, be sure to try and snap a few photos for us! The best veiwing area will be when most if not ALL lights are off in your area so you can see the sky clearly. Barring any cloud cover and given this comes in strong enough, we MIGHT be able to see a awesome show tonight. Have a great day all!