Due to a strong geomagnetic storm, the aurora will be visible farther south tonight than normal! The Fort Wayne area is on the southern-most edge of the possible viewing area. These pictures are from the Space Weather Prediction Center, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It’s model data for the aurora, just like we use computer models to help predict the weather. You can see this is still a Test Product, but it gives us a good idea of what to expect.
This first picture is for 8 PM – 11 PM during which we are still mostly in daylight, so this is not a good time to see the aurora.
From 11 PM – 2 AM, the red View Line crosses through the northern-most parts of Indiana (very close to the Michigan border). According to the movement of the aurora, this is your best chance to see it.
From 2 AM – 5 AM the red View Line still runs right between Indiana and Michigan, but the green shading has moved slightly farther north.
From 5 AM – 8 AM, we see the same set up. The View Line runs between Indiana and Michigan, but the green shading is still farther north than the Fort Wayne area.
Unfortunately, clouds will interrupt your view of the aurora tonight. Some of you will see more clouds than others, but since we’re on the fringe of the visible aurora field, we would need near-perfectly clear sky for a chance to see the lights.