Seeing the Northern Lights may be the quintessential bucket list experience. With the aurora appearing less frequently as we approach solar minimum (conditions that make it less likely for the Northern Lights to appear at low latitudes), it's worth paying extra attention when an opportunity to see the aurora arises.
Those conditions will arrive the night of Saturday, May 5. The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), put out a watch for a G1 geomagnetic storm -- a relatively minor geomagnetic storm -- because of a coronal hole that is likely to send increased solar winds toward Earth.
That stream of solar wind should create conditions where the Northern Lights will be seen further south than usual. It may be seen by people in the northern reaches of the contiguous United States, particularly in Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.