posted on Dec, 14 2013 @ 06:46 PM
I always wondered, is it a crap shoot if you go on vacation to a part of the world that has "northern lights" type shows? Is there a time of year
for peak northern lights? I would love to go see this one day, it's on my bucket list, but I wonder if it's just the luck of the draw when you're
there... Or is it probably smart to schedule a vacation right after the sun starts acting up creating solar-like storms?
Yo Jhn, you're in Chicago, right? You just need to go spend a weekend in the nothwoods of Wisconsin or the UP. Best time is in the late summer or
fall, or in the spring. I'd say in September. But, yeah, your best bet would be to head up there after you see one of those solar storm warnings.
I saw the most spectacular northern lights once when I was a kid and I've never seen anything like it since. I even remember the date because at
first, being a freshman in high school, I wasn't even sure it really was northern lights. It was September 11, 1985. The lights were of all different
colors from green, blue, red, and they were all dancing in motion from one end of the sky to the other. I was in Northwest WI. The lights were from
the northern horizon all the way to the southern horizon and all meeting in a cone right above me. I went into the house and turned on the radio and
the DJ out of Duluth, MN was talking about it and telling his listeners to get outside and check it out. It truly was amazing and I've always hoped
to see them that bright again but I never have. Over the years, I've searched on the web for that date to correlate with any significant strong solar
storms and I've never seen any mention of that date.
Anyways, just drive about four hours north of Chicago the next time you see one of those solar flares shoot out towards the good ole Earth, and
you'll probably catch a pretty nice show.