More raindrops than meteors have been falling over Tucson the past 2 nights. Friday night the rains held off just long enough to detect 2 meteors. While Saturday night/Sunday morning was rainy/cloudy till the very end of the night. Even though the sky was only clear for ~40 minutes, 4 meteors were detected signaling an active night above the clouds.
The rain should still be a factor tonight even though a drying trend has begun. The forecast calls for clear weather for the next few days and this will hopefully be the case through the Perseid maximum on Friday morning.
Visual observers are reporting dark sky rates of ~15-20 per hour for the Perseids. This rate should slowly increase over the next few nights as we approach maximum.
Obs Date(UT) Time TOT SPO ANT CAP PAU PER SDA AUP BPE ERI KCG SAL3 2010-08-08 00h39m 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 SAL3 2010-08-07 03h27m 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 SAL3 - SALSA3 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother) ALLS - Near all-sky camera in Tucson (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 - Antihelion CAP - Alpha Capricornids PAU - Piscis Austrinids PER - Perseids SDA - Southern Delta Aquariids AUP - August Piscids BPE - Beta Perseids ERI - Eta Eridanids KCG - Kappa Cygnids