Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Little Northern Lights Activity Seen In Oregon

POSTED: 4:39 pm PDT August 3, 2010
UPDATED: 12:19 pm PDT August 4, 2010

, Ore. -- There were no immediate photographs of the northern lights being seen Tuesday night from Oregon.

Typically, only regions closer to the Arctic can see the aurora of rippling reds and greens, but solar storms can pull them south.

Two minor solar storms that flared Sunday shot tons of plasma directly at Earth. As a result, scientists said people living in northern regions had a chance to see the unusual northern lights late Tuesday night.

OMSI planetarium manager Jim Todd said the best opportunity for viewing the northern lights was west of North Plains after about 9:30 p.m. But Todd said he did not see any activity between 9 p.m. and midnight, which is when clouds moved in from the west.