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Wed May 15, 2019, 09:19 PM

You may have a shot at seeing the northern lights this weekend -- if weather complies

Once again, Seattle has two different storms battling for our sky: a return to classic Seattle rainy weather, and the northern lights.

The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued geomagnetic storm alerts that fall within G1 and G2 levels, thanks to a series of three Coronal Mass Ejections since May 10 -- or, in layman's terms, following a combination of solar flares and solar winds that take a few days to reach Earth, auroral activity will be high, and will create strong northern light displays that can be seen further south than they are usually seen.

Depending on the level that the storm reaches -- those G1 or G2 metrics -- it could reach as far south as Washington.

As of Wednesday morning, SWPC, which is part of NOAA, predicted some G2-scale storm activity between May 15 and May 17, meaning Washington could get more glimpses at the northern lights (which some residents were able to catch a bit of last night, before the clouds rolled in).


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