Well, the folks at CBS 3 say last night’s fancy sky event was definitely not an aurora, nor was it a freaky meteor shower. They claim it was a virga.
I’d never heard of a virga before, but, well, these guys are paid to know what the sky’s up to, so I’m willing to believe it.
It was really awesome, either way.
I’m still checking the news on a regular basis to see if any of the local channels pick up the funny white glow the sky took on earlier this evening. I say “funny” because it looked like it was made up of perfectly vertical white streaks of varying brightness, and that’s not normal around here.
I’m almost sure that it was a rare sighting (for this far south) of the Aurora Borealis. Granted, when we do see the northern lights it’s almost always at this time of year — probably because of the extremely clear air, the fact that we’re closer to the sun, and that we’re tilted to get as much dark as possible, so there’s more time to catch the magnetic pole’s freak show.
Or maybe the universe just wants me to freeze my hands off.