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Tonight when I took the dogs out for their nightly walk, I got to see gods light show. I immediatly woke the wife up and got her to join us for the walk. This was the best Northern light show I seen in over 25 years. The Northern Lights were literally dancing across the sky and even back lighting high thin clouds in the sky. I have been and will always be amazed at the lights. I live in a rural area 80 miles North of Seattle but even in Seattle they are seeing the lights (just not as well because of the light pollution). All the primary colors were plainly visible and according to the local weather reports they should be visible to the end of the week with tomorrow night the best night. What is so surprising was it was fairly warm outside and not that cold 50 degree F. I always get excited to see them and remember my father 40 years ago waking all 5 of us kids up and taking us out to see the lights in the dead of winter in Iowa. These always remind me of the happy time we had with my father.
 

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i saw a show last year.. purely by accident.. went out on the blacony and saw glowing lights.. it looked like there were spotlights pointing down...
awesome site... ill keep an eye out the rest of the week..
 

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michael: just curious about your original message post time.. 2:58 AM.... were you up taking your dogs for their walk at 2:58 in the morning... man, thats dedication...
 

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You are 3 hours ahead of me in Eastern time. I actually posted at 11:58 P.M. Pacific Standard Time. The postings actually show what time a person posting at your local time. For me I get up at around 9:00 A.M. and go to bed around 1:00 to 2:00 A.M. my local time so it is not to early. I have worked 2nd shift for the last 10 years and I just keep the same time habits whether I am on a weekend or not.
 

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awesome pic
<img src=http://www.komotv.com/news/images/lights1_110804.jpg>

When i saw them last year it was mostly the red glow.. spectacular.. i had no idea what the hell it was... i found out the next day when the news mentioned it..


is it a yearly thing as in always the same dates or does it just happen every so often??
either way.. if you can.. check it out.. sort of like gods firework show..
 

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This is not a yearly thing but when sunspot activity is at its highest. Most times we do not get the Northern lights this far south, Sorry guys that live in the Southern parts of the U.S. it is unlikely you get to see them at all. We will get them in the Seattle area once in a while. But the further north you go the more lights you get.
 

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We see them quite a bit here in Northern MI...we have bonfires periodically throughout the winter and are blessed quite often with a light show...:D
 

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Michael...the picture on your avatar gives the appearance that your tractor is hovering.....that must be some new farming technology:lmao:
 

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I actually saw them once in northern Indiana. Not much to look at, just saw the tips of the light here and there. Must have been an awesome show farther north though. My parents live in northern Michigan and get to see them.
 

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As some of you know I had the good fortune to live in Alaska for some 14 years (Now that I look back, I may disagree with my prior statement) any old how, the vividness and sheer volatility of this amazing phenomenon is best seen in the far northern latitudes and with little or close to no air pollution either from particles or artificial light! it truly is worthy of the time spent and awe inspiring! I had made a tape (yes video tape standing on my roof in minus something F) I will try to put it on the site for your edification! There are professional shows now available if you want a link to them I'll put those up instead!
 

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Just to help those that may of not of had the oppurtunity to see this event clearly!

This photo was shot at: Dempster Highway,Yukon

Photo was taken on the Dempster Highway near Dawson City on the open flat tundra to capture a full view of the solar storm of Oct.28/03 giving this eye opener a ghostly effect.

Photographer:
walter r. kranzl, Canada.
 

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I noticed a hint of green shade last night about 1:30 am EST here in central Ohio. Not very often that we can see the actual shimmering and varying colors here. This link is to a page I monitor from NOAA. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will also see specific products (warnings and watches) for the power industry, satellite operators etc. that can have big problems caused by the same energy that produces the vivid light shows at the poles. I use a couple of the images for my space and science news webpage.

http://www.sec.noaa.gov/SWN/index.html

Mark
 

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we mostly got blue l missed them and no one wake me up to see them bummer eh
 

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Originally posted by Argee
Michael...the picture on your avatar gives the appearance that your tractor is hovering.....that must be some new farming technology:lmao:
Yep, New Hovering Kubota L185 from the year 1979, I think it is more likely a optical illusion with the front end loader carrying a large piece of the old log building that I tore down this past spring and summer.

Drats the fog rolled in tonight and when I took the dogs for their walk, I could not see any of the lights.

The best show I ever saw was of the Northern lights was when I was on Temporary duty to Loring AFB, Maine in 1977, In the middle of December. Loring was the most Northern Air Force Base in the Lower 48 states, It since has closed as a military Air Base.
 

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Nice stuff! I've never seen them. But then we're farther south than Michael!
 
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