SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Local stargazers will likely be disappointed this week. Poor visibility is expected in South Mississippi during the peak of this year’s Geminid Meteor Shower.
Rain showers are in the forecast for early Friday morning which is when the peak occurs, with the highest rate of meteors per hour in the sky.
The expected pouring rains are a part of an approaching system that will hit the entire Southeast U.S. later this week.
However, on the nights surrounding the peak, some meteors will still be visible but just not as many. Here’s the forecast for South Mississippi:
The night before the meteor shower peaks, Wednesday night into early Thursday, expect cloudy skies and fewer meteors.
The night that the meteor shower peaks, Thursday night into early Friday, expect cloudy skies and downpours but the most meteors.
The night after the peak, Friday night into early Saturday, expect mostly clear skies but much fewer meteors.
“So our best chance of actually seeing any meteors in South Mississippi will probably be early Saturday morning,” said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. “There might not be that many to see compared to the peak, but at least there shouldn’t be so many clouds in the way.”