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That Weird Meteor Storm Tonight: Seattle, Portland, Oregon and Washington Coast

Published 11/21/2019 at 5:25 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

That Weird Meteor Storm Tonight: Seattle, Portland, Oregon and Washington Coast

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(Portland, Oregon) – One seriously weird and impressive display of meteor pyrotechnics could hit the skies tonight along the Washington coast, Oregon coast, along with inland areas like Seattle, Yakima, Portland, Medford and Pendleton. The Alpha Monocerotids are predicted to begin tonight about 8:15 to 8:30 p.m., possibly bringing a rain of dozens of meteors in less than 45 minutes. See Alpha Monocerotids explanation here.

However, scientist's say it's NOT LIKELY SEEN in the west - anything west of Colorado.

It's an obscure meteor shower by any other name, not like the Orionids or the Persieds – or the Leonids, which didn’t quite happen on the west coast this week.

It’s an unusual set of meteor showers that comes from a mystery comet we know nothing about, according to NASA and scientists Esko Lyytinen and Peter Jenniskens. They predict tonight could show a massive display in a short time – a meteor storm, essentially.

Will you be able to see it where you live in Washington or Oregon? Chances are good for clear skies in almost all places, except for the lower Willamette Valley and the northern Washington coast.

You can’t be late for this one: the show will start between 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and then go for less than hour.

The weather basics:

All predictions according to National Weather Service.

Northern and Central Oregon Coast: Tonight is mostly clear.

Portland: Patchy fog after 5 a.m. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Newport: Mostly clear, with a low around 41. East wind 3 to 5 mph.

Salem: Clear at first then foggy in the wee hours.

Eugene: Some patchy fog and some clear conditions.

Southern Oregon Coast: Mostly clear skies – great viewing.

Madras and Central Oregon: not great outlook with patchy freezing fog.

Ocean Park, Washington Coast: good conditions with clear skies at first but then fog in the wee hours – long after the meteor storm.

Northern Washington Coast at Queets: not good outlook. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear.

Seattle and I-5 Corridor: mostly clear.- See Oregon Coast Weather - See Washington Coast Weather.

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