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Tri-City clouds may hide Taurid meteor shower

The Tri-Cities is in a fair position for seeing the Taurid meteor shower, but skies may be too cloudy.
The Tri-Cities is in a fair position for seeing the Taurid meteor shower, but skies may be too cloudy.

Fireballs are predicted in Northwest skies during the Taurid meteor shower through Nov. 12.

However, the meteor shower could be a bust in the Tri-Cities if the National Weather Service’s forecast for cloudy night skies holds up through next week.

Unlike other meteor shows throughout the year, the peak of the Taurid shower lasts nearly a week, according to AccuWeather. Some five to 10 meteors an hour may be spotted at any time from dusk to dawn if skies are clear.

Taurid “is notorious for producing fireballs, and there are signs that this could be a year of enhanced activity,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Dave Samuhel. Fireballs are bright meteors that last for several seconds and can light up the countryside at their brightest.

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