It’s a rare, usually once-in-a-life-time experience to see the Aurora Borealis, but just imagine, you’re sitting on a lake in Northern Idaho in the middle of the night, no lights from nearby cities and no moon to speak of, but the sky’s alight in color. Streaks of red and green glow from the horizon toward the heavens like transparent fingers holding the world.
Pardon me a moment while I enjoy the image.
Anyway, if you’re visiting the northern lakes of Idaho and Washington, Priest Lake for instance, you might have a chance to see such an amazing sight. No promises because it’s incredibly rare, but it’s worth checking if you’re in the area.
Here’s a site that forecasts when you might be able to see the Aurora. It gives a three-day outlook but is most accurate within the next few hours. Such is the nature of predicting solar storms. It’s worse than the weather. Soft Serve News.
According to Craig Goodwin, a photographer with magical photos of the Aurora, you should look for three things in order to catch the Aurora.
- Clears skies
- Low light pollution (surrounding cities and such)
- Sun flares, which the above site will help you with.
If you do manage to catch the perfect time and see the Aurora in all its glory, we’d love to hear about it. Good luck =)