Drove up to Hatcher Pass last night because of a very strong aurora forecast, in the Kp5-6 range, which would have been an aurora storm. Our good friend's two kids that were visiting from Los Angeles really wanted to see aurora while they were visiting Alaska for Thanksgiving, so off we went. We arrived about 10:30pm to clear skies and a brilliant Milky Way, but no aurora at all. So we sat and waited, and waited, and tried to fight off the turkey coma.
We started to get a high film of clouds moving in, but finally some aurora did finally show up around midnight, so at least they got to see some live aurora in Alaska. Fun for all. Home at 2am.