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'Extreme' Northern Lights Forecast for Alaska

UAF: Activity Will be High Tuesday

January 24, 2012|By Ted Land and Mitch Sego | Channel 2 News
  • An illustration by the UAF Geophysical Institute shows where the aurora will be most visible in Alaska on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012.
UAF Geophysical Institute

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The latest aurora borealis forecast from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute shows a high probability of a strong northern lights show Tuesday.

“Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Barrow to Bethel, Dillingham and Ketchikan, and visible low on the horizon from King Salmon,” wrote Charles Deehr, UAF Professor.

On a scale of 0-9, forecasters say the event activity will be a 5, which they consider “extreme.”

According to Deehr, 2 solar events occurred Tuesday, prompting the display.

Dry air over the bulk of the state will make viewing possible. Mostly to partly clear skies are expected for the Interior, the West, the Southwest, and most of Southcentral inland from near the Gulf of Alaska coast.  Mostly cloudy to cloudy skies and snow showers will restrict visibility in the Southeast Panhandle.

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