Farmers' AlmanacThe Farmers' Almanac predicts unsettled weather and thunderstorms for today through Saturday. On Sunday expect clearing and pleasant weather through Tuesday. Big thunderstorms are expected to return Wednesday through the end of the workweek.

Planetary Watch

The planet Mercury reaches its greatest elongation on the east side of the Sun on May 14, and is in its best position for the year to be observed in the western twlight. Unfortunately, as usual it is low in the sky and dowsed in sunset glow. At mid-month, look for it just a few degrees above the west-northwestern horizon an hour after sunset.

Venus appears too close to the Sun to be seen by most observers this month, and does not emerge again in the evening sky until July.

Although well past its prime and fading from its former glory, Mars is still a great sight, high in the western evening sky. At mid-month it is among the faint stars of Cancer, near M44, about halfway between Pollux in Gemini and Regulus in Leo.

In Sagittarius, Jupiter rising earlier (late evening to just after midnight) and brightening a bit, making it an easier sight to view than in the previous few months. Still it is best before dawn, at its highest in the southern sky shortly before sunrise.

Saturn reigns in Leo as queen of the evening sky (although Saturn the god was a male!), more than a half degree brighter than Mars and visible an hour or so longer. The rings are easily visible now through a small telescope, but appear increasingly thinner as the year wears on. Don't worry-nothing is happening to the rings themselves, but our angle relative to them is changing, such that they appear edge on (and potentially not visible) early next year.

Sun times

Sunrise, May 29: 5:35 a.m. Sunset, May 29: 8:22 p.m. Hours of sunlight: 14 hours, 46 minutes, 30 seconds

Weekend forecast

Friday, May 30, Partly cloudy, High 78, Low 59

Saturday, May 31, Scattered thunderstorms, High 79, Low 69

Sunday, June 1, Scattered thunderstorms, High 79, Low 56

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