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PHOTO: KHQ's Ryan Overton took this photo of the Northern Lights back in February 2015 PHOTO: KHQ's Ryan Overton took this photo of the Northern Lights back in February 2015
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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The night sky will be active tonight with a chance for the Aurora Borealis even in Spokane! Get to a dark place and look north tonight!

Tonight - very isolated showers off to the north will quiet down overnight. Back to mostly clear skies with lows down in the mid 50's headed into early Tuesday morning.

Monday night across the Inland Northwest a rare spectacle will be able to be seen, the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Each year only a handful of times are the Northern Lights visible in the Inland Northwest.

Generally situated between latitudes of 60°N and south, the Northern Lights are more likely seen in Alaska or Northern Canada. However, tonight will be a perfect night to view them possibly even in Spokane.

Of course, clear skies allowing the best suggestion is to pick a dark area, away from city lights and look north. Look for a faint glow on the horizon or light pillars that stretch into the sky.

Monday night we are watching the Kp index, which is the global geomagnetic storm index based on three-hour measurements. With values of Kp 5 auroras are usually visible on the horizon in Spokane, this would also indicate a weak solar storm. Tonight and through Wednesday some of the Kp values could be hitting as high as 7 or even 8 which would mean strong magnetic storm. If this is the case folks as far south as Northern California, Colorado, Utah and Nevada could all be seeing Northern Lights. As of 3pm Monday the current forecast was calling for Kp 8, which is more than enough to see Northern Lights in Spokane.

As far as the best times to see them. Of course it has to be dark, but after 11pm and then before 3am. It is a short window but the auroras could be quite the sight to see!

Link to Aurora Forecast---

http://www.softservenews.com/

Tuesday - More sunshine and warm once again. Highs topping out into the upper 70's and low 80's!

Satellite & Radar - the Pacific is very active, however a strong ridge of high pressure will keep moisture and clouds at bay the coming days. This will also allow Mother Nature to crank up the heat!

7 Day Forecast - Sunshine will be abundant this week with highs continuing to climb into the upper 80's to low 90's by Wednesday/Thursday. By Saturday just in time for Hoopfest and IRONMAN we will be in the upper 90's and Sunday so far the hottest day at a projected high of 101 in Spokane! The record is 96 set in 1896! Stay hydrated and cool!

Other projected highs for Sunday --- Coeur d'Alene-100, Lewiston-105, Tri-Cities-110, Moses Lake-109, Wenatchee-108, Omak-107 and Pullman-102.

~Ryan

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