Photos: Northern Lights Show for New England, Midwest

By , Senior Meteorologist
November 16, 2012; 7:02 AM ET
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Photos: Northern Lights Show New England to Midwest

Parts of the United States were treated to the beautiful display of the northern lights early Wednesday morning.

Storified by Accu Weather · Wed, Nov 14 2012 06:41:35

Aurora borealis ( northern lights) captured last night by the crew at the summit of Mt Washington
Parts of the United States were treated to the beautiful display of the northern lights early Wednesday morning.

A geomagnetic storm was responsible for the green and red glow of the aurora borealis that dazzled those across the Midwest and northern New England.

NOAA describes a geomagnetic storm as a disturbance "in the geomagnetic field caused by gusts in the solar wind that blows by Earth." The northern lights occur when the solar wind interacts with Earth's magnetic field.

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center ranked this morning's geomagnetic storm as moderate, or 2 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being extreme.

According to NOAA, the strength of this morning's geomagnetic storm could have led to northern lights as far south as New York and Idaho.

Clear skies across most of eastern Canada and northern New England provided excellent viewing conditions for this morning's Northern Lights. Clouds, however, stole the show over parts of the Midwest.
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