April 17, 2015 / Uncategorized
A Very Rare View of the Northern Lights in April
At around 2am, I had my teeth brushed and I was ready to go to bed. I needed to be rested for today, when we’ve got the big wedding album reveal!
But mother nature wasn’t going to have it.
A group I’m following on facebook mentioned there were some northern lights the night before. I found this suspect, as northern lights generally happen on the coldest days of the year. And in December. And also not in April. And MOST CERTAINLY not this far south. The rule of thumb is, the closer you are to the north pole, the more vivid you’ll see those northern lights. Soon I would know how wrong I was.
A quick scan of NOAA confirmed my suspicions. This was an incredibly rare occurrence when the Northern Lights randomly expanded to this far down south. The only time I’ve ever seen them this strong. Enderby was literally on the line of “best places in the world to see Aurora Borealis”
But what about all the clouds?
I said to myself, “If I point my camera outside, and I can see one star, I’ll do it.”
Little segway: Thank the Lord for CBC radio. Those britishey sounding people talking about about the tate modern really made my life a bit more wonderful.
Fast forward about one hour. I decided to drive north to try and catch the elusive aurora borealis. I figured they’d be around Salmon Arm, so I headed out in that way. I remembered from my amazing nights at the drive in movie theatre that there’s really not a lot of light pollution out that way.
What greeted me literally took my breathe away.
And for good measure…..
I really gotta put this in here. This is my trusty old 2004 Acura. I drove through some really bad dirt roads and fields with this thing. For the last five years. And my suspension is still silky smooth. I’d like to think it’s good maintenance that keeps this wonderful car as good of a ride as it is, but it’s love. It’s most certainly love.
Thanks for reading this far!