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Northern Lights in Fort Mc Murray

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Northern Lights in Fort Mc Murray

Hi,

1. I would like to know if Fort Mc Murray is a good place to view the northern lights? i plan to check in at Sawridge Inn at around oct 1-20 (dont know what specific date yet) just to see the northern lights.

2. Can i see the northern lights from the hotel or do i need to book a tour to go somewhere else to see the lights during October?

3. What time do the northern lights normally come out?

4. Does it get too cold in Fort Mc Murray in October?

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Northern Lights in Fort Mc Murray

Hi joycejanik;

The Northern Lights (aurora borealis) are an atmospheric phenomenon, and very hard to predict. Research has shown that the auroral activity is cyclic, and peaks about every 11 years. The next peak period is 2013.

While a more northern location will be of some help in seeing them, there is never any guarantee. Areas that are not subject to “light pollution” are the best.

The most often times to see the Aurora is from September to October and from March to April. Usually the best time of night (on clear nights) is midnight local time.

For more information;

http://www.northernlightscentre.ca/

"Does it get too cold in Fort Mc Murray in October?"

The average "High";

in October is 42F / 5.5C

in November is 25F / -3.8C

The average "Low";

in October is 24F / -4.5C

in November is 9F / -12.7C

wunderground.com/cgi-bin/…

Best Regards

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2. Re: Northern Lights in Fort Mc Murray

I would recommend checking the NOAA POES auroral oval report and the forecast before you travel all the way to Fort Mac in hopes of seeing the northern lights. You need a favorable combination of space weather (which produces the aurora) and earth weather (which produces clouds) to be able to see the aurora. Go to a park or some other place away from streetlights (ideally, outside the city) to reduce light pollution. And if you're lucky, you won't even have to go all the way to Fort McMurray to see the northern lights; you might be okay in Edmonton or Edson, and in years with high solar activity, I've seen aurora as far south as Salmon Arm, BC and here in Calgary.

Here is a link to the current NOAA POES auroral ovals:

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/pmap/OverviewN.html

You'll see a ring roughly centered on the North Pole; the color intensity show where the aurora is the strongest. At the moment, you would have to go north of Alberta to have a faint hope of seeing an aurora, and the fact that the intensity is shown as a pale yellow says that your chances of seeing a visible aurora are not good; a deeper yellow, orange, or red zone would be much better.

For weather forecasts, go to Environment Canada's website: www.weatheroffice.com

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3. Re: Northern Lights in Fort Mc Murray

If you really want to see the Northern Lights, I suggest you visit Yellowknife rather than Fort McMurray.

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4. Re: Northern Lights in Fort Mc Murray

I thought Fort Mc Murray would be good due to the fact that it was not as cold as Yellowknife or Whitehorse and that there are aurora tours there (like Alta-Can http://www.altacan.ab.ca/ ) and they claim that there is a 97% chance to see the aurora over a 3-night period.. ( http://www.altacan.ab.ca/en/index.html )

Do you think this just means a faint impression of the aurora and not as good a show as the ones in yellowknife/ whitehorse?

thanks

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5. Re: Northern Lights in Fort Mc Murray

Hi..I am also planning to go to Fort Mcmurray to see the northern lights?I am considering Alta Can Aurora tours..Is it a good place to see and any reviews about abt the Alta Can Aurora tours would be appreciated.

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