EASTON—Eastern Shore residents may be on the perimeter of a pretty, if not spectacular, Saturday night sky after an intense solar flare that occurred Thursday around 2 a.m. created a magnetic storm in the earth’s atmosphere, making conditions ripe for an aurora borealis.

Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said although the solar flare caused a fairly big disturbance, the geomagnetic storm resulting from it is currently only making a small wave of visible colors.

“We are seeing only moderate storm activity right now,” he said. “The rating for these storms is G1-G5, with G1 being the lowest.”

Szatkowski said right now the storm is rating a G2, which is moderate. Its kaleidoscopic-colored effects could reach as far south as New York, with some reports putting its visibility in Pennsylvania and the Delmarva Peninsula, according to Accuweather.com.

If there is something to see, meteorologists said the best viewing time for the East Coast is around 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

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