I got a text from my favourite fellow guide up here yesterday that read, at the end of a long message about the weather and the aurora, "I really miss them". Talk about tugging at my own heartstrings. 

When Yellowknife once again gets wide open, clear dark skies that last an evening, there is going to be a collective sigh of relief amongst aurora chasers bigger than you can ever imagine.
But until then, the chase continues.