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Offline ChrisSmolinski

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Solar Flare to Produce Spectacular Northern Lights
« on: March 15, 2013, 2211 UTC »
An Earth-Directed coronal mass ejection (CME) occurred during the early morning hours Friday.
The resulting solar flare was pointed directly at the United States for a duration of nearly two hours, according to Hunter Outten. Outten is a contributing forecaster for the AccuWeather Astronomy page.
"The CME is pretty strong and is coming pretty quick," said Outten. An intense Northern Lights show will cover a large part of the northern U.S.
"The lights could be visible for the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and everywhere northward," said Outten.
The lights may be visible as soon as 4 p.m. EDT Saturday. "The best time to look for them will be around midnight," said Outten. "The states in the northernmost U.S. may be able to see them all night long."

http://www.accuweather.com/en/features/trend/solar_flare_to_produce_spectac/8181823

(I am sure they will be spectacular, because it will be rainy here in MD)
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Re: Solar Flare to Produce Spectacular Northern Lights
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013, 1437 UTC »
We had a great Northern Lights show last nite. Even with the poor HF conditions we could still hear RTN and BOR. Not as loud as usual but I was surprised to hear them at all.
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