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Old 07-21-2008, 02:29 PM
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Hi -

Anyone know if you can ever see the northern lights in the winter in Wyoming, or is it just a Alaska thing?

Thanks to all.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:42 PM
Location: South Dakota
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Originally Posted by inthewest View Post
Hi -

Anyone know if you can ever see the northern lights in the winter in Wyoming, or is it just a Alaska thing?

Thanks to all.
Yes, you can see the Aurora Borealis in Wyoming...I've seen them in the Summer as well. Best viewing is in the late fall to early spring, and it is best if you are out of the city limits - though a few years back in November then the following May, they were visible even with city lights.
Wyoming is considered mid-latitude, Alaska is high latitude...often if the lights are visible in Wyoming, they are low in the horizon. Here are a few sites for you - you can monitor the activity and they will let you know if there are chances for viewing in mid-latitude areas....

SpaceWeather.com -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

Solar Terrestrial Dispatch - Leaders in Space Weather Forecasting Services

If you go through the Wyoming picture thread, Cloudfish has posted some excellent images of the Aurora over Casper.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:45 PM
Location: Sheridan, WY
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Depends on where we are in the sunspot cycle, how intense the magnetic storms are, etc.

If we have a really intense magnetic storm, you can see the northern lights in New Mexico or Texas.

Long story short: Yes, you can see auroral activity in Wyoming; you will likely see more auroras in northeast Wyoming than in western WY, and more along the northern border than the southern border. Will you see as many auroras in Wyoming as you would in Alaska? No - Alaska is just so much closer to the polar region that they're going to see the aurora with much lower levels of magnetic storm than it takes to see the aurora in the lower 48.

Here's where you can get a much better idea of what it takes to see an aurora:

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Old 12-04-2008, 09:42 PM
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Default northern lights

I've seen then twice in Wyoming - once at Alcova Lake, and once driving between Wheatland and Casper. Very Cool.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:32 AM
Location: Pahrump, NV
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I've seen them when I lived in Fremont County....not as intense with colors and such....but beautiful none-the-less!
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:11 AM
Location: mid wyoming
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I too have seen them. It was in the Bighorn Mountains twice in the fall. Across Red Desert north of Wamsutter if I remember in Early December.They were there several nights. The last time was when I was driving between Evanston and Rocksprings on Valentines day-night in 1995.
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