Regardless of the conditions, clear or cloudy, rainy or dry, new moon or full, the lights, when they appear, are usually bright enough to be seen.
Though rare, the phenomenon apparently occurs now as much as ever. However, it does not occur every night. The lights have been reported in virtually all weather conditions and at all times of year. Their spontaneous appearances are part of their mystery. When you are lucky enough to see the view of the lights it is like entering iron gates into a place that you didn't know existed.
Do not be misled by lights from airplanes, towers, or the nearby towns of Lenoir and Morganton. The paranormal lights are extremely pronounced and cannot be confused with these conventional and consistent illuminations. They often move in strange ways and can change color before your eyes.
As the product of a complicated natural mechanism, though no one can say for certain when they will appear, L.E.M.U.R. s research has indicated you have the highest chances of seeing the lights when the following four conditions are met:
1. It is autumn
2. It is either raining or a rain has recently occurred
3. There is extra carbon (smoke) in the air, perhaps from campers or a forest fire
4. The kp index (measurement of earth s magnetic field disturbance) reads 5 or above, represented by a red bar, indicating a storm. Below is a live readout of this activity. If you see the lights, please contact us with as many atmospheric/geologic details as possible.