Oct 25-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: October: Oct 25-03
Northern Lights Alert    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Sandeep Fernandes

Mary Drew, Lake Linden on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 08:39 am:

First things, first.... Let me introduce myself! I'm Mary Drew, a new Cam Editor for Pasty.com. I'm joining Charlie and Toivo as editors. Charlie normally does the weekend shots, but as you may know, if you've been tuned in this week, he's in Utah. Toivo, well, he's still hard at work on his woodpile. So I'm here minding the store.

Yesterday's Cam notes mentioned a "Northern Lights Alert", saying us folks up north here, may be getting a show this weekend. I think it was supposed to start last night, but I didn't get a chance to get out and check the skies. So I figured the next best thing is a photo from a new gallery by Sandeep Fernandes.

By the way, don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour tonight if you're on Daylight Savings Time. Remember the saying, "Fall behind in the fall, spring ahead in the spring." I'm happy to be getting an extra hour of sleep!

By Leslie at the Northern Lights Lodge - Cadillac, Michigan on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 09:14 am:

I was hoping that we would be able to see the Northern Lights from here in Cadillac, but alas... it was raining! I'm always awed by them. Did anyone see them??

By SharonS, Copper Harbor on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 09:46 am:

There weren't any northern lignts that I saw in Copper Harbor, and I was looking. However, in my mailbox this morning was a message from the AstroAlert system. I hope they don't mind if I quote:

"It is remarkable how often the news media take scattered facts, throw
them together incorrectly and then claim authenticity. Such was the case in
abundance for the space weather storm of 24 October. Media reports that this
storm would be a "perfect storm" or the "once in a 100 year event" were
shamefully inaccurate.

"An important scientific paper published by a respected researcher in
space physics and publicized recently by NASA was probably the source of the
confusion. The paper discussed conditions around the largest geomagnetic
storm on historic record - the event of 1-2 September 1859. The media
incorrectly thought that current solar activity would produce a storm as
large as the 1859 event. To our knowledge, no professional space weather
organization made such a claim. Nevertheless, the remarkable nature of this
rumor quickly spread through the media until it was as horribly distorted as
looking through a broken mirror. The result of this mass confusion was an
unfounded and popular belief within the public community that a hugely
powerful display of northern lights would appear around the world. It is,
perhaps fittingly ironic, that Mother Nature refused to comply. We hope this
will help clear up the mass confusion surrounding the event of 24 October.

"Initial conditions suggested the activity of 24 October could grow into
a respectable disturbance capable of producing visible northern lights into
the middle latitudes (yet nothing even close to the 1859 storm was ever
anticipated). And in fact, observations of activity into northern Germany and
other locales were received soon after the diturbance arrived (a result of
the stress placed upon the Earth's magnetosphere by strong solar wind
pressure). But the disturbance quickly shut off the valves and kept them shut
through to the end, disappointing many."

The sun is still belching, and as a result, there are chances for northern lights for the next week or so, but not stupendous, spectacular ones.

By Missin the UP from NJ on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 01:38 pm:

Oh darn! on the rumor mill. Maybe we have too many news stations now. And wishful thinkers!
As for todays pic... Wowee wow wow wow!!!
We don't see the lights here, I miss them when I see a pic like this.

By Joe Finn, Rhinelander, Wi on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 03:19 pm:

Last night I saw the Northern lights. It was outside of Seppi's bar in Kenton after closing time. They were fantastic.

By Sandeep on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 03:39 pm:

Just a note, that the picture was taken in summer 2002 by Taka (my ex-roommate) a year back during (Summer Youth Program)SYP @ Tech.

By Rose, MN on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 03:57 pm:

hi sandeep :)
you know, this picture reminded me of taka's... and when i saw you had the credit, I had to go check in your album to make sure :) haha I was right. I liked all your other pictures too.
So how is everything up at Tech? Snow yet?

By longing to be a yooper on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 04:12 pm:

i wish us down in troll-land could of seen da lights. Dang da rain. Really looking forward to da next time da lights are out.

By tmzmo on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 04:41 pm:

Looking at the bridgecam just minutes ago it looks like a wonderful day for playing football in the Copper Country! The sun is out, but it is probably a bit chilly, this Oct. day. By the way, anyone want to share how the Lakes did against CFFP today in LL? Playoffs an option or not? I know its been a little rough to just pull a varsity team together the past few years.

By Julie Beck on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 05:30 pm:

Great day for the Houghton Gremlins, a victory at the Copper Bowl. Beautiful weather and sunshine. Houghton won I think 39-26? Every day with sunshine in the Copper Country is a great one.

By walter p tampa on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 06:11 pm:

beautiful lights really great photograph keep up the good work always i remain walter

By Sandy, UP on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 07:02 pm:

tmzmo: The Lakes played CFFP last week and lost, but it wasn't a "runaway" game. Last night they defeated ETC which gave them a 5-4 season and 4-4 in the conference. So...I would think that the playoffs are out, but you never know for certain until the Sunday show.

By tmzmo on Saturday, October 25, 2003 - 11:52 pm:

Hey Sandy,

Did you graduate from LLHS? 1990? Just curious. Anyway, you never know, it was one season the balls were deflated and the equipment put away and we were informed that we'd be playing football on a very snow covered field the following Saturday. (If my memory serves well on the history) I remember the day that news came through the halls, it was unbelievable! I do believe that was the year that the team played the Glen Lake Lakers on an ice covered field in Newberry and the trumpets valves froze because it was soooo cold. It's fun to remember those times. (This was when the teams still played the playoffs outside, rather than in the Superior Dome of course. 1988 or 89)

By danbury; germany on Sunday, October 26, 2003 - 01:24 pm:

Whoah. Unbelievable to me.

By Donna on Sunday, October 26, 2003 - 03:54 pm:

Hey tmzmo...I was at that game in Newberry. They had to have pickups w/plows after each quarter of the game, go out and plow off the field, so they could tell what yard the ball was down on! Whatta game. We dressed in layers and layers and layers, and wrapped up in quilts besides!!! Oh, Lakes football....And unfortunately, we are not in the playoffs this year, but our boys are coming back!

By Connie - Colorado on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - 11:09 pm:

Julie Beck,
Remember how the Gremlins would lose the Copper Bowl every year when we went there in the seventies? My mom called me the first year they won and I couldn't even believe it! We still loved our Gremlins!! What else could we do?

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