The observation of the Northern Lights while out on a paddling or camping trip is a memory that will stick with you for years to come. The Aurora Borealis or "Northern Lights" are colored waves of light sometimes visible in the night sky. Usually they are associated with trips to Alaska or Canada, but you may see them in Minnesota from time to time. I have a distinct memory of seeing strange colors in the night sky while out for a drive with my son years ago in the Twin Cities metro area. I wasn't sure what it was until I saw that it was an unusual Northern Lights display on the TV news much later. If you are planning a trip and clear skies are in the forecast, you can check conditions online.
The Geophysical Institute in Fairbanks, Alaska provides this service for observing the conditions in your region. Click on the appropriate part of the globe to see the latest forecast.
The University of Minnesota shares here that 530 GMT is the best time in Minnesota to see aurora. This translates to 1130ish Central Standard Time.
Richard Thomsen January 6th, 2012 05:37:34 PM