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The Weather Looks Favorable For Late Tonight's Meteor Shower & Possible Meteor Storm

A very warm afternoon is expected across the area under partly sunny skies. Temperatures this afternoon will be between 85 and 90 Degrees.

Partly cloudy skies are expected tonight. This, combined with a new moon, will lead to favorable conditions for tonight's potential tau Heculid Meteor Show and possible Meteor Storm. The cause for this will be the fact the Earth will be passing through the fragmentation stream of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3. The big unknown is how much debris there actually is with the fragmentation.

On one hand, if there's a lack of debris, we could end up with a very modest meteor shower of perhaps 50 or 100 meteors per hour (roughly 1 meteor per minute). On the other hand, should there be a massive amount of debris that the Earth moves through, meteor rates of 750 to 1500 meteors per hour (12 to 25 meteors per minute) could occur.

The forecast peak time for tonight's meteor shower is between 12:45 am and 1:17 am. So, if you are awake, look between halfway and three-quarters of the way up in the western sky where the radiant of the meteors should come from. In fact, the meteor shower radiant point will be located just to the left of the tip of the handle of the Big Dipper.

Finally, be patient and wait a few minutes when looking for meteors. You may see very little in the way of meteors or you may witness a meteor show/storm of a lifetime. Good luck meteor shower hunting tonight.

Tuesday looks partly sunny, very warm and increasingly more humid. Some scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected during the late afternoon and evening hours. High temperatures Tuesday will be between 85 and 90 Degrees.

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