I have seen them very faintly a couple times in northern Ohio back in the early 90's. I have never seen them like you can see them further north, though.<br><br>
However, I was on the phone last night with my friend who lives in Northern MN (boundary waters area, she could throw a rock into Canada) and she mentioned that they were out last night. Said half the sky was green. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> She also watched them on Weds night.
Last time I saw the northern lights was in Alaska in late August 2005. After of summer of day light, the sun was finally setting for long enough in the evenings that you almost needed a flashlight or headlamp for a few hours in the middle of the night. I was frantically trying to finish up all my labwork and packing before heading home. That night we walked out of the lab/trailer around 1:30 am, and the sky looked like it was pulsating. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
what are the odds of seeing them?...in other words, if I were to go camping in the Upper Penninsula in the summer and said that I wouldn't leave until I saw them, would I be able to go back to school in the fall?
Grizz we don't hate you...we were sitting out back with a hot beverage too.<br><br>
Not only could we not see the nothern lights, but we also couldn't see the house next door.<br><br>
It was a short trip to the backyard. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
The time they appeared not long after dark? White, red, green etc.? They had pictures in the newspaper, too. It was wicked cool.<br><br>
I've seen them from time to time driving in to work very early in the morning, but not lately.
Yes - It was quite a few years ago we saw them. My neighbors had just moved in and he had set up all his big telescopes in the yard. It was pretty cool. We don't have too much light pollution here yet but it is creeping in slowly unfortunately.
Ecodork, love them when they pulsate like that. Sometimes when I'm driving at night, I'll pull the car over, get out and just watch... Although, our best viewing times also tend to be our clearest coldest nights so I don't stay out very long! But it was cloudy last night so didn't see them this time...
They are more prevalent at lower latitudes around the equinoxes. Don't know why, but that is the case.<br><br>
Also, the north magnetic pole is moving out of Canada and heading for Russia. In our lifetime it may be that the only chance we'll get to see them will be in this next 6 years of the solar cycle. After that they may be only visible in the far arctic.