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Solar Storm That Caused Dazzling Auroral Display Could Linger

  • Northern lights seen in Arizona, Texas and California
  • While not as strong, solar winds may spark more auroras
Northern Lights on display.
Northern Lights on display.National Weather Service Gaylord, MI

A brilliant display of northern lights touched off by a massive geomagnetic storm was visible to a wide swath of the world Friday, and the aurora could linger through Saturday in many places if the weather is clear. 

Red, purple and green streamers of the aurora borealis dazzled viewers in North America on Friday and were seen much farther south than normal, with people in California, Arizona and Texas reporting they could see it, according to AccuWeather, Inc. Typically, the spectacular display is only visible in northern locales like Alaska, North Dakota, Canada and Iceland.