Check the aurora forecast: The NOAA aurora forecast tool provides a 30-minute forecast of the Northern Lights . You can also check the Milwaukee Astronomical Society website for the most up-to-date predictions .
Head north: The further north you go, the higher your chances of seeing the Northern Lights . The Milwaukee Astronomical Society recommends Harrington Beach and Kettle Moraine North for viewing spots .
Avoid light pollution: Pick a spot where there is little light pollution. Street lights can interfere with the visibility of the Northern Lights.
Check the weather: Clouds or precipitation can block your view of the Northern Lights. Check the forecast for signs of clouds or precipitation .
Elevate your position: Get to a higher elevation if possible.
Be patient: Even with watching the map, it still can be difficult to detect exactly when the Northern Lights might arrive .