Alaska Aurora Cam - Daily Images
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Dark and Snowy - Nov 10th, Alaska Aurora Cam
Last night we got some much need ground insulation as some parts of the area are reporting up to 10" of new snow over the past 24 hours. And more is still coming down. While hat makes seeing Northern Lights on the camera impossible, it does make for peace of mind for all of us needing the extra insulation to prevent pipes freezing once the sub-zero temps kick in. Plus, imagine the beautiful winter landscapes since we do get our Aurora back.
Even though we can't see it, the lights have been quite active with displays being seen as far south as Wyoming two nights ago. The Sun just unleashed a major X1 flare directly towards us last. hint and we should begin seeing the impact of that tomorrow night in the form of increased Aurora activity as well.
Great Aurora/Bad Weather - Nov 9th, Alaska Aurora Cam
Tonight started off in the clouds but the Aurora conditions spiked like crazy. Perhaps the X1.1 flare from yesterday cam fast and early. I'll know more in a few hours as the data comes in but the sky certainly came to life. Despite that, the clouds broke for a few moments as seen in this image but then quickly the incoming snow storm took over. We're expected to have some major Aurora but we're also expected to have winter storms into Sunday evening. We shall see who wins the battle this weekend. Fingers crossed!
Early Bird Special - Nov 8th, Alaska Aurora Cam
Last night the Northern Lights cam out early and brilliantly but that intensity didn't last long. By around midnight local time the intensity had subsided and while they stayed out all night, there were spread out and mostly uneventful the rest of the morning. Those who got out early, no doubt got a nice show.
Better and Better - Nov 7th, Alaska Aurora Cam
This season just get's better and better! Tonight started off early and it didn't let up until breakup and even now (5:17AM AKST) it's threatening to come back. For everything October deprived us of, November is more than making up for during this month of thanks! And we are grateful!
Break in the Clouds - Nov 6th, Alaska Aurora Cam
The night was mostly filled with snow clouds as Fairbanks added a couple inches to our snowfall over the course of the past 24 hours but we did get a small break in the clouds for a few moments. During that little window Lady Aurora did indeed make a minor appearance, barely. :-)
Calm Before the Storm - Nov 5th, Alaska Aurora Cam
Last night was mostly calm. Both on a Earth weather front and in Space weather. But we are getting a good dumping of snow today finally and the Sun just erupted with it's 3rd largest flare of the 11 year cycle so expect some good things to happen in the next few days and if the skies clear, we'll have beautiful snowy Alaska landscapes to include with our Northern Lights photos. :-) Meanwhile, check the galleries link for some of the past photos.
Slow But Steady (Bonus Time Lapse Movie) - Nov 3rd-4th, Alaska Aurora Cam
Don't forget to change the quality to HD. :-)
Last night didn't have the spectacular highlights that we got on the 29th but it sure did show nicely anyway. I've grabbed all the still from the AAC which are shot at 1 shot every minute and compiled this time lapse. The time duration of this sequence is from 11PM-7:30AM. Keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of the Taurids Meteor Shower throughout the video as well.
Early Bird Special - Nov 4th, Alaska Aurora Cam
It was an early bird's delight. At least if that bird was on the Eastern US Coast and was getting up around the same time as yesterday's sun gazers. For those of us in Alaska, most missed the shows save for the night owls, as it never got big until around 1AM. For those of us awake to witness it, it was a good show for a couple of hours and is still going although more moderately as of the time of this posting (4AM). If you slept through it, I'll try to post a time lapse on our Facebook page later in the week.
Daylights Savings - Nov 3rd, Alaska Aurora Cam
While time was working on a delay, the Northern Lights wasted no time getting ready for the evening. The show started early and while it never got as big as the Oct. 30th display, it was worthy of being photographed and that's precisely what we did! :-) Look for photos on our Facebook page which is linking in the left sidebar.
On Again, Off Again - Nov 2nd, Alaska Aurora Cam
It's been a bit off and on tonight with the clouds once again giving small glimpses at the sky beyond them. It's been fun to watch but if we're honest, we're ready for some clear skies. Fingers crossed for tomorrow as the forecast looks a bit more promising.
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.