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You may be able see the northern lights here in Wisconsin

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) - Northerners thawing out from a bitter freeze may get rewarded with shimmering northern lights the next couple days.

Thursday morning between midnight and dawn is when you may start to see it here.

Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation from the sun.  

An X-class flare, the most powerful kind of solar flare, occurred on January 7th which is why we have a good chance of seeing the northern lights. 

An event like this happens about every 11 years. 

The University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute predicts much of Canada and the northern fringes of the U.S. should see the northern lights. Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, Seattle and Des Moines might see the shimmering colors low on the horizon.

The solar storm is already diverting airline flights around the poles and may disrupt GPS devices Thursday as it shakes up the Earth's magnetic field.

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