Strong Likelihood Of Northern Lights - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Strong Likelihood Of Northern Lights

Published October 24, 2013

The Meteorological Office of Iceland predicts a very good chance of Northern Lights tonight and tomorrow evening.
According to the latest predictions, the cloud cover which has plagued the southwest over the past couple weeks is lifting, and there should be clear skies both tonight and tomorrow. This should make night visibility exceptional for the capital area.
While the weather can determine whether or not people on the ground can see the sky, the Northern Lights are of course not a meteorological phenomenon – they result from solar particles colliding with the Earth’s magnetic field. This makes them nearly impossible to predict.
As meteorologist Einar M. Einarsson pointed out to MBL, there have been no Northern Lights seen in the past 48 hours in the night skies over Reykjavík. When asked if there is a decent chance of seeing Northern Lights tonight, Einar replied, “It can always go wrong,” adding that even strong predictions of Northern Lights can fail.
The proof, as always, will come to light after the sun goes down.

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