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Old 11-19-2006, 11:48 PM   #1
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Northern (and Southern) Lights

Both movies I saw this weekend had Northern (and Southern) Lights in them. Next winter I want to go see some. I've only ever seen them out of a plane window over the Atlantic. Sure, it was bitchin' beyond belief, but I want to see them from the gound, like God intended.

So, do you live where you can see them? If so, where the hell do you live? How far north do I have to go? (The southern jobs would work better with my summers off, but they'd be too expensive to go see.)
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Old 11-20-2006, 12:03 AM   #2
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During the winter, I see them every almost every night.

Fort Nelson, BC Canada

Pretty far north. I don't think you have to go this far to see the lights though.
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And how is your weather when the lights are there?
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That's it...party at Trev's!
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I saw them several times in Wisconsin, which isn't too far north.

I've yet to see them in Washington State.
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And how is your weather when the lights are there?
Well, I haven't seen them yet and there is about a foot and a half of snow outside with an average daily temperature hovering between -15 C and -20 C. It will get colder. Although, this is an abnormally extra cold year, normally only -8 C. Up here, its a no brainer to see them. I am not sure how often people south of me see the lights. Ask loveU2adam, I think she lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She might know if you can see them around there in winter.
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Old 11-20-2006, 08:07 AM   #7
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Well, I haven't seen them yet and there is about a foot and a half of snow outside with an average daily temperature hovering between -15 C and -20 C. It will get colder.
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Edmonton?

Although I was kind of hoping for Wisconsin or Minnesota.
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I saw them several times in Wisconsin, which isn't too far north.
Really? That's almost level with Michigan. Although, I'm sure the city lights destroy any possibility of seeing them around here.
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I've seen them in Michigan a couple times right around mid-October, Lies--once at Ludington, and once in the Porcupines. I've seen them in Southern Maine before, as well. They're not quite as distinct as they would be further north, but they're still pretty amazing--more like bands of light appearing, lashing across the sky, then receding than like the classic shimmering-curtain appearance.

You can't necessarily count on seeing them no matter where you go, though; there has to be a geomagnetic storm at the time. If you look up "aurora" on Wikipedia, there are links at the bottom of the entry to a few sites that keep track of when and where they're most likely to be visible.
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Old 11-20-2006, 11:34 AM   #10
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One late Summer I caught a few glimpses of them. At that time I was working at a Summer Camp in Aitkin, Minnesota.
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I've seen them in Michigan a couple times right around mid-October, Lies--once at Ludington, and once in the Porcupines. I've seen them in Southern Maine before, as well. They're not quite as distinct as they would be further north, but they're still pretty amazing--more like bands of light appearing, lashing across the sky, then receding than like the classic shimmering-curtain appearance.

You can't necessarily count on seeing them no matter where you go, though; there has to be a geomagnetic storm at the time. If you look up "aurora" on Wikipedia, there are links at the bottom of the entry to a few sites that keep track of when and where they're most likely to be visible.

Good to know! I've lived here my entire life and never knew it was possible, thus never bothered to look. I always thought you had to be in northern Canada or Greenland. I'll look again if I'm ever away from the city glow.
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i want to see them too martha.
i've never seen them....not even from a plane.
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I found some places that speacialize in aurora trips, but I think it would be more fun to head north where you know you have a decent chance.
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I've met people who have seen them here (northern Indiana- South Bend area), apparently they show up a couple times a year. I've lived here for about 20 years and haven't seen anything... though I would really like to see them someday, too.
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Any updates?

We're thinking of going to northern Norway next winter.
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