Northern Lights may be visible Sunday night across Canada and the U.S.

UPDATE: July 17, 2017 8:37 a.m.

Skywatchers in Western Washington got to see the Aurora Borealis phenomenon, aka Northern Lights, early Monday morning.

We’ve received photos from Anacortes in Skagit County and Darrington in Snohomish County.

A geomagnetic storm brought the spectacular show to skies across the northern United States Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Energy from the geomagnetic storms diminished slightly before arriving in Western Washington limiting the light show.

See more photos, here.


UPDATE: July 16,2017 11:22 p.m.

It’s looking a little less likely to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights late tonight.

Q13 Meteorologist Tim Joyce says, “while Seattle will be under mostly clear skies, folks to the north are starting to see clouds stream in which will decrease the chance of seeing those beautiful flashes of pinks, purples, and greens as they light up the sky.”

Plus, energy of the geomagnetic storms are down likely hampering a shot of catching this exciting outburst of light.


A geomagnetic storm could bring a spectacular show to skies across the northern United States on Sunday night.

The Aurora Borealis phenomenon — also known as the Northern Lights — may be visible “as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington State,” according to NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center.

Aurora Borealis happen when electrically charged electrons and protons in the Earth’s magnetic field collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere, turning into a stunning show of lights.

The phenomenon is named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn.

NOAA said the best viewing times to catch the light show, clouds permitting, will be between 11 p.m.  Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday.