June 6, 2020

Perseids Peak Tonight!

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Saturday 06 June 2020 - Saturday night: Partly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Fog patches developing after midnight. Low 6. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. 40 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late in the afternoon. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 20. UV index 7 or high. Sunday night: Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm early in the evening. Low 10. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 15. Monday night: Rain. Low 8. Tuesday: Rain. High 18. Tuesday night: Rain. Low 11. Wednesday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 17. Wednesday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 11. Thursday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 18. Thursday night: Cloudy. Low 11. Friday: Cloudy. High 18.

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.