Monday night, the Northern Lights put on a show the likes of which has not been seen in years. The aurora are the result of high energy particles from the sun reacting with gas molecules in Earth's outer atmosphere. Earth's magnetic field concentrates the displays near the north and south magnetic poles, which is why the Aurora are most commonly seen in out northeastern sky. But occasionally, a very large solar storm sends out a higher concentration of these high-energy particles and we get a more widespread show and a more spectacular display. Monday night was one of those nights.
Meteorologist John Wheeler