A solar storm is headed this way. Some have blown the potential impacts of the storm out of proportion -- it is unlikely to cause "huge power outages" -- but there is one impact of the G1 geomagnetic storm that will be felt by many: a supercharged aurora the night of March 14.
The burst of charged particles from the sun will give the Northern Lights a little kick. The radiant aurora borealis -- the Northern Lights -- may be strong enough that it will even be seen in the northern reaches of the continental US. In particular, the Space Weather Prediction Center (SPWC), a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), projects the Lights may be seen in Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Maine. The SWPC's chart below puts those states along the green line, which is the area most likely to see the aurora Wednesday night.