Posted: Aug 9, 2013 5:48 PM by Pat Shingleton
Updated: Aug 10, 2013 4:00 AM
As we target a return of afternoon showers and thundershowers this weekend, another interesting shower won't appear on radar but could be viewed by the naked eye. The Perseid meteor shower could be visible after Midnight tonight. The top three meteor storms in the United States were in October, 1933, 1946, and November 1966. At the Kit Peak Observatory in Arizona in November of '66, 2,400 meteors were recorded per minute. Many contend the Perseid shower is the "Olympics of the shooting stars." The meteoroids are sand to pea-size bits of debris stripped from the passage of the comet Swift-Tuttle. Clark Ruffner alerted me that ham radio operators take advantage of the shower to enhance their world-wide connections. The operators enjoy meteor "scatter contact" enhanced by the storm.