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Northern Lights not likely to make a return overnight

The colorful Northern Lights were visible in Toronto and other parts of southern Ontario overnight, thanks to a solar flare earlier in the week that triggered a geomagnetic storm.

But that’s not likely to repeat itself Wednesday, as the storm subsides, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re not really expecting anything at this point. There’s always an outside chance, but it’s highly unlikely,” meteorologist Aaron Reynolds said.

The storm’s intensity in the early hours Wednesday provided a rare glimpse of the Northern Lights in a more southerly latitude.

It came after two blasts of magnetic plasma from the sun on Sunday combined and came to Earth.

The storm was considered severe, gaining a 4 ranking from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 1 to 5 scale for geomagnetic effects. It had been forecast to be a level 1.

It was the strongest solar storm on Earth since Fall 2013. A level 5 storm, considered extreme, hasn’t occurred in almost a decade.

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