December 2, 2020

Perseids Peak Tonight!

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

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PST Wednesday 02 December 2020 - Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. Clearing this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating near noon. High plus 4. UV index 1 or low. Wednesday night: Clear. Increasing cloudiness late this evening. Low minus 1. Thursday: Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers late in the morning and in the afternoon. High plus 4. Thursday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 4. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 6. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 3. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 6. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low zero. Sunday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 7. Sunday night: Periods of rain. Low 7. Monday: Rain. High 9. Monday night: Rain. Low 6. Tuesday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 9.

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.