Fri. Mar 22nd, 2019

Perseids Peak Tonight!

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Friday 22 March 2019 - Friday: Increasing cloudiness. Rain beginning late this afternoon. Becoming windy early this afternoon. High 13. UV index 4 or moderate. Friday night: Rain ending late this evening then mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 14. UV index 3 or moderate. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 2. Sunday: Sunny. High 15. Sunday night: Clear. Low plus 2. Monday: Increasing cloudiness. High 13. Monday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5. Tuesday: Showers. High 9. Tuesday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 4. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 12. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 3. Thursday: Sunny. High 13.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    17.0° C
    1.4 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.93 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    WSW 3.2 km/h
    gusting 9.7 km/h
    Humidity
    42 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    17.0° C
    Heat Index
    17.0° C
    Dewpoint
    4.0° C
    UV
    3.6
    Solar
    790 W/m2
    Last Updated: 13:20:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    06:45
    Moon Phase
    Full (95% full)
    Civil Set
    20:07
    Day Length
    13:26:04
    Day High
    17.0° C @ 13:19 Tdy.
    Day Low
    7.3° C @ 07:32 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.57 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.93 kPa @ 13:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    7.3° C @ 07:32 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    17.0° C @ 13:19 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 10.0km/h @ 01:10 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    819W/m2 @ 12:57 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    3.6 @ 12:57 Tdy.

I almost forgot but thankfully “Gordy” reminded me!

It’s the peak of the Perseid meteor shower tonight! The Perseids are the most well known meteor shower. They occur every year at this time and the tails of the comets point to “Perseus” the Hunter constellation, thus the name.

Unfortunately there is a full moon tonight, so you will have a hard time seeing the meteors, especially here in the City. You might be better off if you’re away from the lights at least but you can also just try to position yourself so that when you’re checking out the meteors (look towards the North/Beauforts for most of them) there is something blocking the moon, a building, tree, or something to help keep the glare out of your eyes.

The good news is that tonight is certainly not the only night, so if you can’t catch them tonight, just try anytime in the next week or two and you should be able to see anywhere from 5-20 meteors an hour.

Have fun!

Oh, and I’ll be pointing my webcam out our north window tonight to see if I can get *extremely* lucky and catch a meteor in flight.