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LIGHT SNOW AND SPOTTY LIGHT FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE THIS EVENING As temperatures slowly rise this evening, light snow should quickly change over to rain across Long Island, New York City and the suburbs just north and west, and across coastal and southeastern Connecticut, with at least a coating of accumulation, and as much as an inch farther away from the coast. As precipitation mixes with and changes to rain, road temperatures in these areas may still be below freezing even as air temperatures slowly rise to the mid and upper 30s, and a light glaze of ice may be possible on untreated surfaces. So plan on slippery conditions this evening even as temperatures slowly rise.

Where to See the Spectacular Peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower

The fantastic celestial show that is the annual Perseid Meteor Shower will peak next week, so be sure to find a great stargazing spot!

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Amateur stargazers and astronomers alike unite – the Perseid Meteor Shower will be putting on a celestial show in the predawn hours of August 11, 12, 13, and 14. All you’ll need to enjoy the show is to stay up late or wake up early to spot some meteors!  Every year around the second week of August, Earth passes through the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which leaves behind debris and comet dust, including the meteors that we call the Perseids.  A meteor, which is often called a “shooting star,” looks like a quick-moving bright streak in the sky, and can even appear brighter than the moon. If the sky is clear, stargazers can spot up to hundreds of meteors each night during the height of the meteor shower.

This summer, Jones Beach, Montauk Point, and Sunken Meadow State Parks will stay open for an entire night during the peak of the Perseids, but stargazers can also head to parks and fields for a good view of the night sky.  Plan to pack a light jacket, bug spray, and a towel, blanket, or reclining chair where you can get comfortable as you watch the sky.  To further get ready for the event, here are some tips and official Perseid-watching events to get you prepared for these unforgettable nights!

Tips for Spotting Meteors:

  • Stay in the Dark - Find a dark place away from populated areas with light pollution like streetlights or store fronts that can obscure meteors.  Beaches, state parks, and national parks are great dark locations, as they have acres of natural grounds far away from urban development.
  • Give Yourself Time - Set aside at least an hour to look for meteors.  They may not come all at once, so be sure to be patient and keep your eyes on the sky.
  • Check the Weather - Take a look at the weather forecast ahead of time.  If it calls for clouds, you likely won't see anything, so keep your fingers crossed for clear skies to get the best view of the meteors!

Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing Events
Here are some Perseid Meteor Shower events on the evening of Wednesday, August 12 into the early hours of Thursday, August 13:

Observe the Perseid Meteor Shower from Jones Beach
1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Free event

The West End II area will be open for viewing from the nighttime hours through early dawn, but visitors are expected to stay near their vehicles for stargazing.  No charge or permit is required for this event.

Observe the Perseid Meteor Shower from Jones Beach’s Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Free event

Visitors are invited to stargaze from the nature center.  There is no charge or permit required.

Observe the Perseid Meteor Shower from Montauk Point
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Free event

The Upper Parking Lot will be the designated spot for viewing the Perseids at Montauk Point. No charge or permit is required for this event.

Observe the Perseid Meteor Shower from Sunken Meadow
Sunken Meadow State Parkway, Kings Park, NY 11754
Free event

Sunken Meadow’s Field 3 will be designated for stargazers. No charge or permit is required for this event.