first_imgAURORA-watchers are in for the best display in years – as the Northern Lights make a dazzling return to Co Donegal skies.Experts say Friday night and Saturday night will see a wondrous explosion of colour with the north and west of the county the best places to see dancing lights.Reports from parts of Inishowen and Fanad had glimmers of the Aurora Borealis but Friday night and Saturday night will see spectacular displays. The new arrival of the phenomenon here is because there have been two large explosions on the Sun and huge amounts of magnetically charged particles have been hurled into space towards Earth.Known as Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), they can produce many different colours, with green, pink, red, blue and yellow all possible.Often the particles are deflected by the earth’s magnetic field, so the best places to witness it are close to the poles where the field is weakest.Parts of Canada and northern Europe have already seen the results, with north Donegal next. Now we need more clear skies over the weekend….will make things interesting for those attending a star-gazing trip to Tory, singing outside at the Dunfanaghy Jazz Festival, or just enjoying the night on an Inishowen beach.THEY’RE BACK! MASSIVE SOLAR STORM BRINGS BEST NORTHERN LIGHTS DISPLAY IN YEARS was last modified: September 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aurora BorealisDisplaydonegalFanadInishowennorthern lightslast_img read more

Duplex occupants escape latenight fire in Bagley Downs neighborhood

first_imgVancouver firefighters late Tuesday night were at the scene of a duplex fire in the area of Falk Road and Gibbons Street, in the Bagley Downs neighborhood near Parsley Community Center.Firefighters responded about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday. The first one to arrive radioed that flames were visible but there was too much smoke to see exactly what was burning, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Firefighters said it was a duplex and, five minutes later, that “all occupants are out of both residences.”A hydrant was nearby. After a backup safety crew was organized, firefighters went inside and said they found no one. Also, occupants of both units said no one was inside.Officials blocked traffic on Falk at Gibbons and Plomondon Street as they brought their engines and hoses to the blaze.Firefighters said just before midnight that it was under control. The fire was confined to the garage and smoke leaked into the living area.Firefighters then focused on finding and dousing areas where flames might have reached in the building, and watching for flareups.Minutes later, a firefighter asked for paramedics with an AMR Northwest ambulance crew to check one occupant who had breathing difficulties.The cause of the fire remains undetermined. A preliminary damage estimate came in at $20,000 between the structure and contents. John Branton: 360-735-4513 or [email protected]last_img read more