The forecast for Thanksgiving aurora display was weak; however, on the contrary, the impact of the current coronal mass ejection (CME) against Earth’s magnetic field sparked a strong (Kp=6) geomagnetic storm instead on Oct 8!!! The fluorescent green Aurora Borealis was dancing all over the Peace Country directly overhead between 12 midnight to 3am. Unfortunately the Grande Prairie sky was masked by thick smoke, so I had to travel to Woking further north of Town Sexsmith for some clear skies. Did anyone know where that smoke in Grande Prairie came from??? Was there a forest fire somewhere?
Woking is a hamlet of population around 100 residents in northwestern Alberta, Canada, within Saddle Hills County. It is located in the Peace Country north of the Town Sexsmith, and south of the Village Rycroft & the Town Spirit River. The hamlet belongs to the federal riding of Peace River.