You Can See the Northern Lights in SF During Daytime!
The northern lights will be visible in the Bay Area sky today SF Gate also says it’s maybe happening.
Ben Burress, an astronomer at Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center said ,”Typically, this colorful phenomenon can only be seen in the Arctic and Antarctic regions surrounding the planet’s magnetic poles.”
But today, right now, if you go outside and look northeast, close your left eye, and stand on one foot, you can see the majestic northern lights, in all their majesty.
Karl the Fog better not eff us over again. Like he does to us every July 4th.
Basically, big brain science stuff is happening: elements within the atmosphere converge together in a way only a scientist can explain “the lights occur when electrically charged particles called plasma, which is charged hydrogen and helium, stream outward from the sun to generate solar wind. That wind interacts with Earth’s magnetic field, which then acts as a shield to deflect those particles and protect us inside. But as some of the plasma gets trapped in the magnetic field, it has the potential to travel down through the poles and interact with the Earth’s atmosphere, producing light known as the auroras,” as noted in this SF Gate article.
There’s also a tremendous amount of wishful thinking arriving through the polar vortex wind patterns.
Within the article they further explain that this actually happened on Wednesday already in some West Coast Cities. So I feel more inclined to believe it could happen again, now, during the day.
Then again, this could all be the internet screwing with me ONCE again on April Fools Day and I wouldn’t be surprised…