On the evening of the 6th of March 2016 my Facebook newsfeed started filling up with reports of minor geomagnetic activity:
“In 0 hour and 59 minutes, the aurora is predicted to be kp 3.25”
I didn’t think much of it as the levels were quite low and the aurora probably only visible in the North of Scotland, but I opened up a new internet tab and monitored a few sites anyway, just in case something happened.
“In 0 hour and 46 minutes, the aurora is predicted to be kp 3.11”
It didn’t look like anything major was going to flare up, but I waited for the next update before closing the tab…
“In 0 hour and 59 minutes, the aurora is predicted to be kp 6.76!”
That’s storm level, and meant there would be a high chance of seeing the Aurora from the North of England. So I packed my kit and headed for the lighthouse. I wasn’t the only photographer eager to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights though, in fact I nearly struggled to get parked.
The causeway seemed pretty busy so I navigated my way down on to the rocks and headed south a little, I figured if I could find a nice rock pool it could make for some good reflections.