(meteorobs) Geminids? What Geminids?

meteoreye at comcast.net meteoreye at comcast.net
Sat Dec 13 16:47:53 EST 2008

Bruce, those are life threatening conditions. We'd rather have future reports from you than one from someone recovering a scrap of paper from your popsicle corpse. Be safe.


-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: "Bruce McCurdy" <bmccurdy at telusplanet.net> 

> I haven't even seen the big, high, bright, close Moon, let alone any Geminids. 
> The good news is that it's finally clearing off after a few days of low cloud 
> with frequent bouts of snow. The bad news is best summarized by Environment 
> Canada: 
> Today 
> Day: Clearing near noon. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light this afternoon. 
> Temperature steady near minus 25. Wind chill minus 37. 
> Night: A few clouds. Low minus 29. 
> Sunday 
> Sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 23. Wind chill minus 33. 
> If it wasn't for that nasty wind, I might be tempted. Decembrrr winds bite in 
> more ways than one! As it stands, perhaps I'll do a little backyard observing 
> for an hour or until I see my first Gem or until I freeze up, whichever happens 
> first. But unless an observing buddy materializes there's no way I'm driving my 
> car over flash-frozen winter roads to some isolated spot in the faint hopes of 
> seeing a handful of Moon-soaked Geminids. I may be crazy, but I'm not that 
> crazy. 
> I am, however, *this* crazy ... I plan on observing the Quadrantids peak from 
> Yellowknife, NWT with my friend and occasional MeteorObs contributor Stephen 
> Bedingfield. At latitude +62, Yellowknife is some 8 degrees north of Edmonton; 
> on a thermometer, however, it's generally quite a few degrees south! Airline 
> ticket is bought and paid for, so I'm just gambling on luck. In case of 
> emergency, there's always the car window method. 
> Bruce 
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