Alaska Aurora Cam - Daily Images
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Likely Story - Nov 1st, Alaska Aurora Cam
Fortunately we did have a good clear night a few nights ago when the skies came alive with the dance of the Northern Lights. Last night however, as has been the case most of the past month, the clouds mostly dominated the sky. Still, we did get little windows into what was going on above those snow producing curtains.
Quiet Night - Oct 31st, Alaska Aurora Cam
It's not really a fair comparison as the previous night was certainly the top display of the season so far here in Fairbanks, but last night was pretty quiet after that show. This was mostly due to a strong northward Bz which keep the majority of the solar energy out of our atmosphere thereby turning the lights off if you will. The Solar Winds did manage to overcome that however for a bit around 4:30 this morning and this was the results.
Bonus Timelapse Video - October 22nd Alaska Aurora Cam
Here is a little bonus. A timelapse video from the night of October 22nd. The sequence starts around 8pm and runs until about 2am the following morning. The images were taken at an interval of 1 minute per image.
Snow Extra - Oct 29th, Alaska Aurora Cam
Throwing an extra image up for today because it looks like our friends up at Sirius Sled Dogs got their snow back! We're still getting rain down here in the Middle Tanana Valley in the city of Fairbanks but the hills finally got the white stuff! Maybe it won't be a brown Halloween after all?
Socked In - Oct. 29th, Alaska Aurora Cam
Still very socked in with the weather here but we are starting to see some movement in the space weather finally. After days of waiting for the much anticipated impact of the recent CMEs, we're finally getting a bit of action.
Rained on Parade Oct. 28th, Alaska Aurora Cam
Last night we had an unusual event for late October, rain. In fact, we may have our first snow free Halloween in Fairbanks in more than 70 years. According to the National Weather Service it only happened once before in 1938. Keep an eye on the daytime cam to see if we get snow. By the way, the temperature at the time of this posting is 54ºF and this day last year the high was 20ºF and the low was 4ºF which was about average for this time of year. Not that we're complaining. ;-)
Uneventful Evening - Oct. 27th, Alaska Aurora Cam
It was another let down last night as the expected CMEs once again had little to no impact. Hopes are still high for tonight but this clouds seem to have taken over. We're hoping things change by this evening.
This just goes to show that as good as space weather forecasting is and even with all the data we have, it's like Earth weather, it's nature and does what it wants. Seeing the Northern Lights is a privilege even for those of us who live in the sweet spot.
A Good Start - Oct. 26th, Alaska Aurora Cam
We started of with a promising morning but it never got much hotter than this tonight. The incoming CMEs are due in a few hours and with a Sun that has been the most active we've ever seen, we expect once the season gets rolling, it's going to be a wild ride. Stay tuned as it's just a matter of time.
Faint Aurora Behind the Clouds - Oct 25th, Alaska Aurora Cam
While the clouds once again dominated most of the skies last night and while the expected CME didn't have the walloping impact it was thought to come with, we did still get some views of Aurora between clouds now and then. Tonight is looking much more promising so keep you eyes on the cam. :-)
Uneventful Evening - Oct 24th, Alaska Aurora Cam
This were a bit slow tonight as the Bz component was to the North pretty solid all evening and morning. Eventually the clouds took over but we're expecting some great displays over the next few days with the approaching CMEs.
Battle for the Stage - Oct 23rd, Alaska Aurora Cam
It was another epic battle tonight between the clouds and Lady Aurora. Both got in some good shots and the champion is still up for grabs as we head into the morning hours. This image sums up the show quite well.
The Lights are Back On!!! - Oct 22nd, Alaska Aurora Cam
I'll be honest, I was asleep for this one as I've had early morning appointments all this week but Marketa watched the show and grabbed this shot. She said it was great for about an hour then the Bz component shifted north the the lights went out for a while.
Clear skies complete with lights - Oct. 20th Alaska Aurora Cam
Last night was a bit better than we've had in a while here in Fairbanks, Alaska. We got some nice skies and a bit of a show from the Northern Lights. We're hopeful that tonight will be even better.
Clear Skies! - Oct 19th, Alaska Aurora Cam
We finally got a nice clear night last night but Lady Aurora, tired from all of her amazing dancing this month, took the night off to rest. Conditions are looking up for tonight so tune in. :-)
Moonlight Sonata - October 18th Alaska Aurora Camera
The clouds broke for a short time this morning giving way for brightly lit moonlight landscapes and views of the brighter stars. However the aurora activity was minimal and thus, not visible in the bright moonlight. A good Aurora would still have easily shown beautifully.
Blankets over they Sky - October 17th, Alaska Aurora Webcam
As has become the case this month, a small bit of Aurora activity was hidden behind the clouds but with the nearly full Moon the night scenes are still quite enjoyable.
Big Dipper - October 16th, Alaska Aurora Webcam
While we didn't see Aurora tonight, the camera did give a nice show of Clouds moving quickly across the sky. Little breaks in the action gave glimpses of the stars.
A Bit 'o Green - October 14th, Alaska Aurora Webcam
We didn't get much of a show, but we did get enough to share our new images sizes, newest camera and the new time stamp. All improvements we hope you'll enjoy! The site has been tweaked as well to be more mobile friendly, especially for tablets.
Edit - After posting this image the clouds gave way once more and we got a rather nice show for about an hour.
Clouded Over - October 13th, Alaska Aurora Webcam
I grabbed this image from the cam just as twilight began to fade. The sky was looking promising but unfortunately, the cloud cover soon took over and never relinquished the sky. The rest of the night the camera was black with exception of the little glowing light on Murphy Dome
A nice weekend show - October 12th, Alaska Aurora Webcam
We got a really nice surprise show this morning. The indications looked pretty mellow but it did flare up and has been pretty steady since around 1AM. At the time of this posting, it's 3:30AM and the lights are still going steady.
Window in the Clouds - October 11th, Alaska Aurora Webcam
Despite having been covered over with clouds most the the evening, the skies gave way early this morning around 2:45AM to a beautiful dance by Lady Aurora.
Many thanks to Matt Hodges of Pioneer Wells for retiring his old
girlfriendcamera to this project.
Snowy Evening October 10th, Alaska Aurora Webcam
Despite the still good Aurora conditions as the recent CME began to subside tonight, we didn't get to see them because we were still getting our first bit of ground insulation of the season up on Murphy Dome. Last I heard from the Sirius Sled Dog crew was 2 inches and counting.
SNOW! October 9th, 2013 around 1:00pm, Alaska Aurora Webcam
While this isn't the first dusting of snow we've had this season, it is the first since the camera has been up. Last night's clouds not only block the view of the show, but they also left a little piece of themselves behind. ;-)
October 9th, Alaska Aurora Webcam
Lady Aurora danced beautifully all over the Northern Hemisphere last night but unfortunately, Mother Nature here on Earth would not pull back the curtain and let us see the show in Fairbanks.