The aurora borealis was out last night. Becka and I were about 30 miles south of the Cities when we saw them. I had been kind of watching this strange patch of clouds or streaky windshield when they suddenly turned green. We pulled over at the very next exit (along with 3 or 4 other cars) to stand and watch. Green shimmery, waving, fading in and out. Then there was a red streak that kept growing longer and longer and finally ended with a star-burst design right over our heads. We were probably pulled over between 5 & 10 minutes. I told Becka to call Andy to see if they could see them too. Apparently the whole (or at least many) D & D gang went to the Good Earth for dinner. When Becka called, they were in the middle of eating. Scott was a responsible citizen and stayed at the table while the others went out to see the lights. They couldn't see the red, but did have a chance to see the green.
I must admit, though, that the northern lights can be a little distracting when you're trying to drive, especially in city traffic on 35W heading north on Sunday night. :-)
This picture from today's Minneapolis Star Tribune is a little more brilliant than the ones we saw, but they were pretty nonetheless: