August 12, 2011

Perseids Peak Tonight!

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Friday 28 February 2020 - Friday night: Rain ending near midnight then partly cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers after midnight then 60 percent chance of flurries overnight. Low plus 1. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of flurries early in the morning. 40 percent chance of rain showers late in the afternoon. High 9. UV index 2 or low. Saturday night: Partly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early in the evening. Clearing overnight. Low minus 2. Sunday: Sunny. High 10. Sunday night: Periods of rain or snow. Low plus 1. Monday: Rain. High 9. Monday night: Periods of rain. Low plus 1. Tuesday: Periods of rain. High 10. Tuesday night: Cloudy. Low plus 2. Wednesday: Periods of rain. High 8. Wednesday night: Rain. Low plus 5. Thursday: Rain. High 9.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    3.3° C
    -0.3 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.78 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    N/A 0 km/h
    gusting 0 km/h
    Humidity
    96 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    3.3° C
    Heat Index
    3.3° C
    Dewpoint
    2.8° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 19:30:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    21.3 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    21.3 mm since
    February 28, 2020 00:02
    Civil Rise
    06:31
    Moon Phase
    Waxing crescent (25% full)
    Civil Set
    18:33
    Day Length
    12:31:46
    Day High
    9.3° C @ 09:41 Tdy.
    Day Low
    3.3° C @ 19:19 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    9.9mm/hr @ 17:21 Tdy.
    Day High Barometer
    102.35 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.78 kPa @ 19:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    -0.6° C @ 18:39 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    9.3° C @ 09:41 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 21km/h @ 10:10 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    445W/m2 @ 09:34 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    1.2 @ 09:33 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.