I’ll get straight to the point: Is there any certifiable way to predict when the aurora borealis will appear?
The story: I was driving home tonight from Bismarck, about an hour and a half drive. Just south of Max (35 miles from town), I looked and saw what I thought was the glow of headlights from the north. Weird thing was, they were green! And they kept moving. About a half a breath later I realised I was looking at the aurora borealis. Peronally hailing from Northern New Jersey, I was under the impression that: A) They only come out during the wintertime, and B) You can only see them from the Northern Tier.
I know they can come in different colors. I also found out from a search of the SDMB that you can apparently see them as far south as Tuscon, AZ. I also found that you can get a forecast of solar activity from the government.
So, is it really all that possible to predict when, where, and what color they’re gonna be?
Last time I saw them, I was at a toga party in May. No, I wasn’t drunk.