Brief cool snap, the mild again; Geminid meteor shower Thursday night

6 AM MST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The weather

A cold front later today will bring in a day of cooler weather before mild weather returns on Friday. Some light snow amounts are likely in the mountains this evening, but for the eastern foothills and plains little or no snow is expected. Other than the brief cool down to near average temperatures tonight and Thursday, the next week is likely to see mainly dry weather with above average temperatures throughout the region. Gusty winds are likely to develop today ahead of and following the front.

 

Geminid meteor shower

The Geminids, on the night of December 13-14th, are one of the two best meteor showers of the year (the other being the Perseids in mid August). This year the half-moon will set before midnight, so the best time to watch is between midnight and daybreak. The chance for clear skies is good, but we always have to watch for the development of high level ice crystal clouds along and just downwind of the high mountains.

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