Thanks to a pair of coronal mass ejections (CME) from the sun this week, the Northern Lights should be dancing in the skies over the midwest after dark, but the clouds may block the sight. CME's, better known as solar flares, are erupting on the sun's surface. Not uncommon, but the last few days has seen increased activity form our nearest star.

According to NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, the earth is in the direct path of these flares. When entering the earth's atmosphere, the charged particles create the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. It's an awe-inspiring sight but the weather conditions need to be perfect.

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And that's the bad news for sky watchers Wednesday night. Sioux Falls has seen rain, wind, and an inch of snow in the last 24 hours and it doesn't look like it's going to clear for a while.

But there is a little hope: due to very active sun activity, the lights may appear all week. The skies over South Dakota are forecasted to clear on Thursday giving us - at least a chance - to catch later in the week.

While solar activity can disrupt GPS and communication satellites, experts say this risk is very low.

As you can see by this AccuWeather map, South Dakota is well within range for viewing the northern lights. But with the cloud cover, the quality varies from poor to good.


If we do indeed get a clear skies toward the end of the week, the best chance for viewing is to get away from the city and other light pollution.


From Frybread to Pheasants - Here are South Dakota's Official State Things

Every state in our nation has chosen things that represent the state in one way or another to be official state things. Like a flower, or animal. South Dakota is no different.

The Mount Rushmore has a state flower. But did you know we also have a state tree and a state fish? Yes, we even have a state code.

Here is what we have so far in Wyoming. Thanks to the South Dakota Secretary of State's Office for the info:

13 Famous Iowans

It's a great day for Iowans. The first ever Major League Baseball game was played in Dyersville, Iowa last night (August 12) in The Field of Dreams game and it was awesome!

What a great way to showcase a beautiful state and celebrate the hospitality of Iowans.

Iowa may seem far away from Tinsel Town, but The Hawkeye State has produced many famous actors, musicians, and athletes!

The following 13 are just the tip of the iceberg!

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