December 14, 2006



I have indications that this page is getting sent around in various e-mails (due to the number of page visits - 28,000+).  That's great!  If you want to visit more of my web site, please go to  And remember, North Dakota does have some great things to experience. What I have on my web site is just a sampling of the many things that can be seen in this great state.


Lyndon Anderson, Bismarck, ND.

Looking northwest. I could see a faint red where the pink rays are.

This gave me initial indications that the display could be good!

Looking east-north east. The red lights are some of 33 wind turbines on the horizon.

Looking northeast at the start of a substorm.

Looking mostly east, with the substorm in the initial phases.

Looking north.

Looking northeast at an intense substorm.

Curtains like this don't form very often in North Dakota.

The substorm continues.

The substorm continues.

The substorm continues.

The substorm continues.

Looking northwest.

As seen in this photograph, there were many diffuse green auroral forms.

Many of those strange looking forms were overhead and to the south.

Looking east. It almost looks like a map of the United States (use your imagination).

Looking northeast (with lots of red lights from some of 33 wind turbines).

Looking northeast. There was a lot of violet fringing on the bottom of the rays.

A corona formed for a short spell, and you could see a faint red.

This is probably when photographers to the south captured great shots of red rays.

The corona colors weren't vibrant, but I was able to pick them up on the camera.

A quiet time, looking east-southeast.

Looking east, just before the start of another substorm.

Things really start to pick up. Looking northeast.

This was a wow visually. The camera just doesn't do justice to what was seen.

The activity was fast (short rays and curtains), and the colors constantly changed.

This was perhaps one of the best displays I have ever seen

(when coupled with the photographs below).

This and the next six photos show activity that isn't often seen in North Dakota.

Again, there was a lot of violet/purple fringing at the bottom of the rays.

This was a major wow.

If you use your imagination, the scene on left looks like a tornado forming under a super cell.

Viewing the curtain form and move to the northwest was another wow!

After this substorm, I called it a night. While the northern lights were out all evening, most of the photographs here are from three substorms that maybe lasted 5-10 minutes each. If I knew when the substorms would happen, it would eliminate a lot of time waiting. But that is what makes the "chase" adventurous and keeps me coming back for more.


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