This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.
Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 5:48 am; sunset at 7:59 pm, providing 14 hours and 11 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise Saturday morning at 2:12 am and set at 12:44 pm. There will be a Last Quarter Moon on Friday, April 29th at 11:29 pm. Saturday’s Moon will be Waning Crescent, 45% illuminated.
Auroras: On April 29th or 30th, Earth will make a solar sector boundary crossing, this is a fold in what is known as the heliospheric current sheet, a wavy structure in space that separates areas of opposite magnetic polarity. This event could trigger geomagnetic activity at the Earth’s poles. NOAA is forecasting a 60% chance of G1 geomagnetic storms, increasing our chances of seeing northern lights Friday and Saturday nights. A G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm watch has been issued for the April 30th. You can follow the aurora forecast here.