CLEVELAND, Ohio – If a solar storm is likely heading northeast to Ohio, the Clevelanders have a chance to see one of the most beautiful showcases in the atmosphere.
The National Meteorological Service in Cleveland on Tuesday tweeted that the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, could be seen on Wednesday or Thursday evenings, according to the Space Center. SWPC physicist Douglas Biesecker said the solar storm is expected to arrive Wednesday night.
Biesecker said on the SWPC website that people can look at the G-scale to see if it’s worth looking at the lights. According to Biesecker, this is called a “moderate level” storm.
The northern light is a “colored axis of light or curtain,” which is sometimes seen at night, according to the Library of Congress.
MN Cleveland meteorologist Martin Mullen says the peak time for seeing the Northern Lights will be between 11pm and midnight. And the best bet would be to travel north to the shores of Lake Erie.
However, you may not see the lights. He said there is not much more than a 20-30% chance of looking at data from the Space Center.
“It just depends on how strong the flare will eventually be out of the sun,” Mullen said.
Mullen said people don’t need binoculars to see the lights and isn’t expected to be overcast at peak times.
“There will be some clouds in the area, but it doesn’t seem to be completely washed out at this point,” Mullen said. “There will be some clouds in the area, but it’s hard to say there will be a cloud spot that will block, spoil or not. Now it looks like there will be a chance for it anyway. “