I saw one meteor. Faint and barely noticeable around 2am, with the moon brightly shining high in the sky but moving towards the Western sky. Things were clear.
At 3:15am I check things out, and there were a few wispy clouds, the moon was further away from the “viewing area” so that was an improvement on conditions actually. I was getting excited about the approaching “Big Show” time: 4-6:30am with 5:30am being the peak. I hadn’t been sleeping all night, save for a very short nap a some point after midnight. That all wasn’t planned. I do have a history of not being able to really sleep when something is going to happen, like the event of that night, or a trip the next day. Frank was up working on something with me on the computer, so it was nice to have company! A very odd evening, night, early morning for us both.
I was watching TV Food Network after checking conditions outside at 3:15am. I gave the skies some time to get closer to the event before venturing out into that cold air (high 30’s F.) So at 4am on the nose, I went to check. I looked through the window on the deck French doors, and couldn’t see a thing outside. That was weird, the moon should still have been shining, though more to the West, instilling some light on things out there. I opened the door and was so disappointed! The sky was totally overcast. Where did that come from? Forecasts had been for, at most, partly cloudy skies around that time. This was not that. Thickly overcast. So disappointed I went to tell Frank. The children would be so disappointed too. This was the BIG event for both of our lifetimes. Oh well. Maybe something else will happen in the ensuing years to outdo it.
So, I watched Ming Tsai make a Thanksgiving Meal on “East Meets West”. That’s the end of my Leonid early morning experience. Soothe disappointment like that by watching succulent food being made on TV.