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Aurora offers best night of year for night skiing in Methow

The northern lights glow over the Methow Valley in this hand-held image snapped shortly after midnight on March 8, 2012, by a cross--country ski trail groomer operator. (Methow Valley Sport Trails Association)
The northern lights glow over the Methow Valley in this hand-held image snapped shortly after midnight on March 8, 2012, by a cross--country ski trail groomer operator. (Methow Valley Sport Trails Association)

SKY WATCHING — The Northern lights put on a great show over Washington's Methow Valley last night, and the nordic ski trail operators where on the job to see the spectacle.

“Our groomer Ed got this incredible shot last night,” says the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association Facebook page.

“Last night was pretty epic,” the groomer operator said. “I didn't drive off the trail looking at the sky, but it would have been a fair excuse. Photo was taken on View Ridge Trail about 12:30 a.m. Unfortunately I didn't have my tripod so this is hand held… braced against a shut off Pisten Bully! It is a 1.6 second shot.”

Read more about the unusual solar storm bombarding the night sky today and continuing tonight.




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