Early morning severe weather has moved east of the Brazos Valley, taking the damaging wind and tornado threat out of the area as well. While the severe weather threat has passed, we'll need to monitor areas of minor flooding and down tree limbs on area roads. A tornado watch remains in place for most of the area -- however, that should be canceled by the National Weather Service shortly.
Tonight marks the peak of the Geminids Meteor Shower with 50+ meteors an hour in the night sky.
The Geminids are an annual meteor shower that rarely fail to impress. The Geminids are a reliable shower that generally pump out 50+ meteors an hour. NASA experts suggest that this year the rates might be as high as 100 meteors per hour at the peak!
The Geminids Meteor Shower gets it's name from the constellation Gemini the Twins. The meteors appear to originate from a certain point within the constellation. This point is near the star Castor and is referred to as the meteor shower radiant.
If you want to see the meteor shower tonight the optimal time to head out will be after midnight. The best viewing conditions are away from city lights where there is plenty of open sky. The only problem with tonight will be the partly cloudy skies. Hopefully you will still be able to catch some of the show!