Posted: Aug 11, 2013 5:53 PM by Daniel Phillips
This time every year star gazers are blessed with the Perseid Meteor Shower, which will be at its peak overnight Sunday into Monday. There is no specific part of the sky that will provide a better viewing opportunity, so try and find as much open sky as you can. As always see if you can escape the lights of the city for better viewing, although a telescope won't be necessary and you'll be able to see plenty with the naked eye.
The best time will be the early morning hours from around 1:00 am until just before dawn. At its peak you could see anywhere from 50 to 100 meteors an hour. So if you're plans will allow I recommend going out and trying to enjoy the astronomical phenomenon.
Sky conditions will be partly cloudy with one or two showers possible along the coast, but for the most part the clouds shouldn't hinder the viewing much. Despite clearing out Sunday night, however, the forecast remains unsettled for the beginning of the work week.
There is a lot of moisture that is still being pumped in from the Gulf of Mexico and as a result there are decent rain chances for Monday. Anywhere from a 30%-40% chance of scattered showers, with a similar patter to what we had this weekend. As the week advances, however, a weak frontal boundary will move through and will result in more blanketing showers for the middle of the week.
The tropics for the time being remain quiet, but we are getting into the heart of hurricane season. There is generally an increase in tropical activity the last few weeks of August and into September. NOAA is still calling for an above active season despite a slow start so far, so we have a long way to go before we're out of the woods.