If it happens in the sky, I love to watch it! J  With Canada 150 celebrations this year, we’ve been treated to a number of fabulous firework displays. The next few nights could produce lovely natural displays: it’s time for the annual Perseid meteor shower.  These are active each year from July 13th through August 26th. This year, the maximum activity is expected to take place this week!

When: the best Perseid rates should occur on the 5 nights centered on August 12.  It will peak in the predawn skies August 12th.

The meteors that you’ll see after midnight will look quite different – more impressive.  With less resistance from air molecules these meteors should last much longer and create long trails across the sky.

Where:the Perseid radiant lies near the northern horizon.  For an hour or so, just after sunset, you could see a few Perseid meteors skimming the upper atmosphere. 

How many:normal rates for the Perseid meteor shower are around 80 meteors per hour. This year with the moonlight in play, we could see 1 meteor per minute, in dark, clear skies, away from light pollution.

While the moon will be quite lovely tonight, just a few days past full, it could be a problem. The light from the waning moon could wash out some of the meteors. It will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak around midnight.

Good luck to you. The next few nights should be fairly clear.  Find a few lawn chairs, fill a thermos with tea, sit back and enjoy Mother Nature’s fireworks. 

I’ll have complete weather forecast details tonight on CTV News.


Chief Meteorologist

Cindy Day