Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Time for a meteor shower - Are you ready for this?

Welcome to Wednesday and we have some very exciting things to look forward to during the remainder of this week. We are nearing the peak of the Perseid Meteor shower that will take place Thursday night/early Friday.

Here are the FAQ's when it comes to meteor showers:
1) Where do you look?
  • For this meteor shower, just look straight up
2) When is the best time for viewing?
  • Anytime after 11 p.m., but it should be even better after the moon goes down for the night, which won't happen until about 1:30 Friday morning. 
3) How many meteors can I expect?
  • While it's not a guarantee, one might see up to 100 meteors per hour during the peak
4) Other tips
  • Get away from street and city light pollution to enjoy the best views
This particular Perseid meteor shower might have more meteors than other years. That's because every 12 years, Jupiter's gravity pulls some extra particles in closer to Earth. Yes, Jupiter's gravity is to thank for the extra meteors we might see here on Earth. Cool, right? Let's hope clouds don't get in the way. Most of the state should have decent conditions, but northwest Kansas will have some storms in the area, and the viewing may be less than ideal.

Look at what is coming this way for the weekend. Behind the chance for rain on Friday/Saturday morning, not only will we get some cooler weather, but the humidity should be going down some. It's not going to be a blast of fall weather, but the drop in humidity will be noticeable. I'm showing you the dew points here. The dew point is a measure of how much moisture is in the air, and we've been close to 70 for much of the summer. It looks like we could see dew points drop into the 50s/low 60s by Saturday (west) and Sunday everywhere else. Should be a very nice weekend!

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