Jeff Adams, a Red Deer storm chaser captured some remarkable images of the aurora borealis Friday night at Gull Lake. (Photo Courtesy of Jeff Adams)

Northern Lights should be visible in Central Alberta this weekend

Stargazers can expect a special show in the sky over the weekend in Central Alberta.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a strong geomagnetic G3 storm is being predicted for the region between Oct. 30 and 31 and should produce a good viewing of the Northern Lights.

“Following a significant solar flare and Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the sun that occurred around 11:35 a.m. EDT on Oct. 28. Analysis indicated the CME departed the Sun at a speed of 973 km/s and is forecast to arrive at Earth on 30 October, with effects likely continuing into 31 October,” a release reads.

“Impacts to our technology from a G3 storm are generally nominal. However, a G3 storm has the potential to drive the aurora further away from its normal polar residence.” says that with clear skies, conditions as of Friday look clear for the weekend, making it ideal to see the event.

“Potentially good viewing for Halloween 2021. A coronal mass ejection that occurred on Thursday (Oct 28, 2021) is heading Earthward and should arrive at some time on Saturday. This increases the chances of seeing Aurora for Saturday, Sunday and possibly Monday,” they said.