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Sun storms may light up local skies

The sun may be about to put on a colorful light show and North Shore residents could find themselves staying up late to watch. That's because of two minor solar storms that flared on Sunday and are shooting tons of plasma directly at Earth. Scientists said residents of northern regions from Maine to Minnesota may see unusual northern lights.
According to a report from the Associated Press, regions closer to the Arctic can see the aurora of rippling reds and greens anytime, but solar storms pull them south. The North Shore is frequently visited by northern lights at certain times of the year, but the recent solar activity could intensify the activity.

The federal Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo., said the plasma will likely arrive late Tuesday night or early Wednesday. The storms are not much of a threat to satellites or power grids.
Until recently, the sun was in a phase with few storms.