Top nav

James River Water Levels

Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 6.01'
Flow: 8300 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 8:06am
Low Tide: 3:00am

Twitter Feed @RichmondOutside

Instagram Feed @RichmondOutside

  • Have you checked out the new RichmondOutside podcast? riversideoutfittersrva ownerhellip
  • Really great day working with tons of volunteers clearing Evergreenhellip
  • Cool newish sign at the north entrance to the Bellehellip
  • New hardware atop Belle Isle will at least make ithellip
  • Ralph White minced no words when it came to jrpshellip
  • Friend of the program rvatrees gets ready to climb ahellip
  • Saw evidence of the growing controversy surrounding laruspark on ahellip
  • The pawpaws are in along buttermilktrail They should ripen inhellip
  • If you dont follow jamesriverpark you should The incomparable sandysdadhellip
  • Wish I could have gotten closer to this fella tohellip
  • Riding the wissahickon in philly is a blast every timehellip
  • The richmondoutside road trip arrived on the potomacriver in timehellip
Posted In: Uncategorized

Perseid shower reaches peak this weekend

August 8, 2012 9:15am

“This weekend, the sky will be ablaze with thousands of magnificent white streaks of light in what is known as the Perseids meteor shower,” reports “Although the annual shower has been active for some time now, late night on Saturday, August 11 or early morning on Sunday, August 12 will be the best times to view it.”

The meteor shower is a result of the debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet. The comet was discovered 150 years ago by Americans Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle, but it wasn’t until 1867 that Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli noticed that the Persied meteor shower was a result of Earth passing through the comet’s orbit.

The meteor shower is visible within most of the constellation Perseus, therefore it is called the Perseid meteor shower. Look toward the northeast part of the sky for a constellation that looks like an inverted “Y.” Lucky for you outdoorsmen and women, the moon will be in its waning crescent phase and should not inhibit your view.

The best place to see the meteor shower is away from city lights. A vantage point in Shenandoah National Park, for instance, would really do the meteor shower justice. Pocahontas State Park won’t offer quite as much darkness but could be a more realistic option for most Central Virginians.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?