Last night back at beautiful Vee Lake marked the second display of the lights in three nights for me - just me, because you're all at home sun-tanning while I photograph in my mitts and toque because it's still -4° overnight. But sun tan away, because we have skies like this, all night, with background noise that's straight out of a relaxation recording filled with the most beautiful birds and fish jumping out on the lake.
What beautiful activity we had late last night. Minor storm levels gave us beautiful sweeping curtains and bands all across the sky. Although, as the moon is back up in the sky over the next few nights, activity quiets back down, and we get into the heart of May, she's certain to disappear from our sights soon... But as this broken record sounds, 'just not yet'.
Nothing says spoiled brat quite like complaining about being too far north to see the aurora, right?
Well, so we're all on the same page, I wasn't complaining. I was just temporarily observing.
Yesterday, a stealth CME((?) we're still trying to figure this one out), spiked conditions on Earth temporarily to Kp7, and consistent storm levels through the night. And well, okay, maybe we were a little far north with the auroral oval being pushed so far south, but as a few messages from previous guests & friends the same came to me - it was an easy and genuine smile. Aurora chasers rejoice.
The ice may be coming off Great Slave Lake in a hurrying fashion, but the northern lights aren't going anywhere yet. I think. Monday night saw some fast wind arrive to earth giving us some nice activity, and it looks as the sun continues to rotate around, we'll be seeing another stream of fast wind or two over the next week. More to come. I hope.
Driving out of the city, I stopped a few times along the beat up, battered, and pot (basically sink) hole infested Ingraham Trail for the sunset. The smaller lakes are thawing quickly. Reflections of the deep orange and blue sky are vibrant, and somehow, I don't remember it looking this beautiful before. But 8-9 months of everything covered in snow may do that to you.
As you'll not in the first image on the right, Mars has returned to our night sky, and it is stunning.