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Northern lights to be visible this week in Wisconsin

Cloud cover and areas of fog may hamper northern lights viewing Monday night.
Cloud cover and areas of fog may hamper northern lights viewing Monday night.(WSAW)
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 10:26 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2020 at 12:02 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - The majority of people living in Wisconsin will have the chance to see the northern lights this week. The Space Weather Prediction Center announced G1 and G2 geomagnetic storm watches for nights from Sept. 27-29. There is a chance the northern lights still could be visible, Wednesday September 30, but they would be less vivid than the other nights.

While the odds of seeing them are greater for people living in northern Wisconsin, cloud cover and fog Monday night, may hamper viewing the best viewing times, which are between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Fog and cloud cover may hamper the best viewing of the northern lights in central Wisconsin Monday night.
Fog and cloud cover may hamper the best viewing of the northern lights in central Wisconsin Monday night.(WSAW)

Cloud cover and fog contamination is expected to be less of an issue for viewing of the northern lights in central Wisconsin for Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says geomagnetic storms are caused by an exchange of energy from the solar wind into the space environment surrounding Earth.

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