I was stationed at Grand Forks, and saw the same thing; dark cloud indeed... my Aurora photo that I posted in the photograph thread was taken at Grand Forks.
Dark cloud? You just mean the town sucked, right? Or is that some kind of military slang?
I have a relative who lives near Grand Forks. It is kind of in the middle of nowhere; though, I didn't think the town itself was too bad. Anyway... He says he got a really impressive look of the aurora borealis on some rural highway last year when activity was unusually high. I've never seen it, but would like to someday.
Grand Forks, the city, is wonderful. There's a saying throughout the Air Force that Grand Forks is the only place where you're more likely to lock your car on
base, rather than off-base! There was a small restaurant, name forgotten, that featured "Mediterranean" food, and it became my hangout and the cooler officers, and a lot of college faculty, hung out there. I believe it was destroyed in the flood/fire of '96.
What sucked about Grand Forks was, the winters were so bitterly cold (try ten weeks straight where the temp never gets above
-20F!) but then, when it finally warmed up, you couldn't go outside at all because of the mosquitoes!!
That's the thing that I hated more than anything.
My last six months in the area, after I knew my AF career was over, I used up a lot of Leave exploring northern Minnesota, and I fell in love with the area, and shot a lot of film and wore out a lot of hiking boots; made a bad time of my life much better.