After a quick trip to Radio Shack I was able to get both cameras up and running again. Clouds were a problem for most of the night. Luckily it cleared up for the last hour or two of the night which is also when the most meteors can be seen.
May and June are historically very dry and clear months in Tucson. They are usually very hot as well. This year has been out of the ordinary since we have experienced lots of clouds, bouts of rain, and temperatures “only” in the 90s F. The persistent clouds have really hampered meteor observing the past few months.
Now we have to contend with the monsoon. Though it usually starts in early July, the monsoon can start as early as mid-June. The forecast is for the monsoon to ramp up this week with rain coming as soon as Wed or Thurs. As a result, meteor reports will be even more hit or miss depending on the weather for the next few months. On the positive side, July and August are very interesting months for meteor watchers with lots of active showers (including some major ones) and much higher rates.
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO ANT JBO TUS 2009-06-23 01h 49m 8 7 1 0
TUS – Camera in Tucson operated by Carl Hergenrother
SDG – Camera in San Diego operated by Bob Lunsford
TotTime – Total amount of time each camera looked for meteors
TOT – Total number of meteors detected
SPO – Sporadics (meteors not affiliated with any particular meteor shower)
ANT – Antihelions
JBO – June Bootids