Published October 19, 2013
The Orionids meteor shower peaks around dawn on Monday with the best viewing conditions in the western United States.
But that doesn't mean that other parts of the country won't have a chance to view the meteors, which are part of the debris from Halley's Comet, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andy Mussoline said.
There will be about 15 meteors an hour at the peak. Look to the southeast about dawn for the display.
Good viewing conditions are also expected along the immediate West Coast, even up into Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore., Mussoline said.
"The Tennessee Valley into the mid-Atlantic states and into most of New England should also have pretty good views," he said.
Poor conditions are expected in the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes as a snowstorm with its attendant clouds will obscure the skies.
"Very poor conditions will be in southern Texas from Houston into the deep south. It will be mostly cloudy," Mussoline said.
The southeast U.S. will have marginal viewing conditions, and there will be mostly cloudy skies east of the Rockies.
One potential fly in the ointment is the waning gibbous moon in close proximity to the constellation Orion, possibly obscuring the meteors' display just days after the Oct. 18 full moon.
The Orionids were discovered in 1839, but are probably around 2,200 years old. They hit the atmosphere at more than 132,000 mph.