The weather looks perfect for this weekends Orionid meteor shower.

It's mid-October and there are plenty of things to do. You could hit up a haunted house, a corn maze, or a pumpkin patch. All of those things will be available the next couple of weekends too. The Orionid meteor shower won't.

The Orionid meteor shower may not be the biggest as far as the number of "shooting stars", but it's certainly cool in its own way. The peak, this Saturday and Sunday night, occurs when the Earth passes through a debris stream left behind by Halley's Comet. The two interesct every year sometime between early October or November.

Back to that weather forecast. It's pretty mild for this time of the year and more importantly the skies clear to spot the meteors, which could be as many as 10 to 20 per hour during its peak. Having this peak occur on a weekend makes it much easier to manage especially if you plan to stay up into the wee hours for the night's best viewing. The Grand Junction forecast from the National Weather Sevice is...

Tonight- Clear, with a low around 42. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

Saturday- Sunny, with a high near 66. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
Saturday Night- Clear, with a low around 43. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph after midnight.
Credit: 9News

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