You May See the Northern Lights Again in Washington Saturday Night

Did you see the Northern Lights on Friday? Otherwise, you’re in luck! You’ll have another chance Saturday night.

SEATTLE — For Washington residents, Friday night’s Northern Lights sightings were a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But you may have a second chance to see the colorful glow tonight.

A severe solar storm resulted in stunning views of the Northern Lights, also known as the Northern Lights, across the state and much of the country. Northern lights were observed between 10 p.m. Friday and early morning Saturday.

The lights are produced when electrons trapped in Earth’s magnetic field are accelerated by the solar wind and collide with atoms in the atmosphere in a ring centered on Earth’s magnetic pole, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center. the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). .

Geomagnetic conditions are classified from G1 (minor) to G5 (extreme).

KING 5 meteorologist Leah Pezzetti said last night’s storm was rated G5, which hasn’t been experienced in the area since October 2003.

Saturday evening’s solar storm is expected to be a G4 type, so observations will be similar to those last night.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for all of Washington state, saying geomagnetic conditions are expected to continue through the weekend. Extreme solar storms can cause power or communications system outages.

Thanks to the people who sent hundreds of photos showing your vision of the colorful night sky! Here’s a look at some of those submitted photos:

Want to show us your photos? Send your photos to 206-448-4545 with your name and location where the photo was taken. This could be broadcast on air or online!

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