The monsoon is over in southern Arizona. Actually it’s been over for a few weeks now but I was holding out hope for a reprieve. Though the monsoon started earlier than usual it didn’t amount to much. At my home, we only got half as much rain as last year.
There are lots of cons to not getting enough rain in Tucson. The only real pro is that the nights have been crystal clear allowing for the observation of lots of meteors. Rates continue to remain high even though most of the activity is not related to any one particular shower.
From Bob’s notes: “The Southern California weather continues to be good one night and cloudy the next. During the last three nights only the 23rd was badly impacted by fog. The 22nd had some fog late in the morning which caused me to quit early. The 24th was dry and transparent, one of the darkest nights I have seen around here. The high number of meteors on that morning reflects these good conditions.”
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO ANT DAU NUE TUS 2009-09-24 10h 14m 39 28 4 4 3 SDG 2009-09-24 08h 00m 67 57 8 2 TUS 2009-09-23 10h 15m 38 25 7 1 5 SDG 2009-09-23 05h 00m 7 7 0 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
DAU – Delta Aurigids
NUE – Nu Eridanids