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Perseids Countdown, Drenched Plains, Wildfire Conditions

9 Aug 2013, 1:28 pm

Perseid Meteor Shower Coming Soon

Credit: Jeff Berkes

From “Every August, just when many people go vacationing in the country where skies are dark, the best-known meteor shower, makes its appearance. This year, the Perseid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak overnight on Monday (Aug. 12), and there are some key tips to keep in mind for your “shooting stars” viewing. Peak activity for the Perseids is unfortunately predicted for the daylight hours across North America, so stargazers with clear skies are encouraged to seek out the meteor display during the pre-dawn hours of Monday and again during the early morning hours of Tuesday (Aug. 13). At these times, the absence of bright moonlight can maximize your chances of spotting a meteor.”

The number of fireballs seen in various meteor showers (Image: NASA)

Compared to other meteor showers, the Perseids is widely considered one of the best.

From “What’s the source of the Perseid meteor shower? Every year, from around July 17 to August 24, our planet Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent of the Perseid meteor shower. Debris from this comet litters the comet’s orbit, but we don’t really get into the thick of the comet rubble until after the first week of August. The bits and pieces from Comet Swift-Tuttle slam into the Earth’s upper atmosphere at some 210,000 kilometers (130,000 miles) per hour, lighting up the nighttime with fast-moving Perseid meteors. If our planet happens to pass through an unusually dense clump of meteoroids – comet rubble – we’ll see an elevated number of meteors. We can always hope!”

From nbcnews.comWhat’s the best way to view the shower? “The Perseids get their name because they appear to radiate out of the constellation Perseus. However, staring straight at the constellation during the peak period is not the best way to observe the meteor shower, Cooke has said in the past. The best way is to be patient and stare straight up, and make sure you find a nice dark observing spot.”

Excessive Rainfall

Rainfall totaling close to a foot over the past 14 days over the Central Plains combined with additional heavy rain this morning is leading to more flash flooding concerns across the region.

Flash flood watches are in effect for the green shaded areas through tomorrow.

Heavy rain will also be a concern in portions portions of New England today. It’s all apart of the same system that is generating storms from New England to the Central Plains.  This cold front will gradually sag south and move off the coast of the Atlantic through the weekend.  Until then, expect more soggy weather in the Northeast and the Ohio River Valley today.

More Southern Heat

On the south side of this front, its still very hot and humid.  Muggy and uncomfortable conditions will have a firm grip on places like Houston and Little Rock.

Heat advisories in effect for the oranges shaded counties through tomorrow.

Wildfire Update

As an area of low pressure off the coast of Northern California drifts north, showers and a few thunderstorms will be possible in the Northwest.  Wetting rains is often helpful when battling wildfires but not when accompanied by lightning and gusty winds.

Check back for more updates! Have a great Friday!

Gretchen Mishek

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