Aurora watches & Alerts

It is possible to see the Northern Lights from North West England, the above image is the Aurora from the hills above Rochdale and Oldham!


The current live data can be found here, and forecast here. We also have an easy to understand gude on how to photograph the Aurora here


There is no exact forecast, as the Aurora is difficult to predict! To see the Aurora from North West areas would depend on your location, view of the Northern horizon and lots of other data.


The KP number on the chart below is an Auroral Index, it ranges from 0 to 9, with 0 being no activity to above 5 being storm. Another important measurement to look at is Bz, when Bz is negative (South), you are far more likely to see Aurora. The best thing to do is to look on our 'Current Aurora' & 'Aurora Forecast' pages to see if you are likely to see the Aurora from your location.


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CURRENT NOAA WATCH

Space Weather Message Code: WATA20

Serial Number: 817

Issue Time: 2018 Feb 13 2105 UTC


WATCH: Geomagnetic Storm Category G1 Predicted


Highest Storm Level Predicted by Day:

Feb 14: None (Below G1) Feb 15: G1 (Minor) Feb 16: G1 (Minor)


THIS SUPERSEDES ANY/ALL PRIOR WATCHES IN EFFECT

This table is from the NOAA website showing what KP can be expected based on the storm levels predicted: