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Will the Northern Lights be visible in Northeast Ohio on Saturday, May 11?

Danielle Langenfeld and Justin Dennis

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CLEVELAND (WJW)— You saw it? Northeast Ohio residents were treated to an impressive spectacle when an aurora or “northern light” was visible Friday night.

It is an extremely rare weather phenomenon in this part of the world.


If you missed it or want to see it again, you may have another chance Saturday and even Sunday night, but the Northeast Ohio weather should cooperate.

For the first time since 2005, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center issued a Severe Geomagnetic Storm Watch after detecting five coronal mass ejections aimed at Earth, expected to arrive at noon on Friday the 10th. May and remain until Sunday, May 10. 12. It is an “unusual event,” NOAA said.

According FOX 8 Meteorologist Mackenzie BartClouds will make the light difficult to see Saturday night, but there is a better chance that the forecast will cooperate on Sunday if the geomagnetic storm persists.

Coronal mass ejections are searing explosions of magnetized plasma from the solar corona that can cause electromagnetic disturbances on Earth, creating ribbons of multicolored light that dance across the heavens.

According to NOAA, several strong solar flares have been observed in recent days from a sunspot cluster that is 16 times the diameter of Earth.

(Courtesy of Jay Reynolds)

That cluster is so large that it can be seen without a telescope, said Jay Reynolds, a research astronomer at Cleveland State University. Just be sure to wear your solar eclipse glasses; Do not look directly at the sun without adequate protection.

Only three other “severe” geomagnetic storms have been observed in this solar cycle, which began in December 2019. The last “extreme” storm on Halloween 2003 left Sweden and South Africa without power, according to NOAA.