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Storm, Moon May Affect Viewing for Quadantrids, First Meteor Shower of 2015

The first storm of 2015 is likely to hamper viewing conditions in the United States for the first meteor shower of the year: the Quadrantids.

The storm will strengthen and take a track toward the lower Great Lakes this weekend.

Another factor may also conspire with viewing conditions during the meteor shower's peak on Friday night: a waxing gibbous moon whose light may wash out all but the brightest meteors.

The radiant point of the Quadrantid shower makes an approximate right angle with the Big Dipper and Arcturus, according to EarthSky.

The best time to watch the meteors will be before dawn Saturday.

It looks like the viewing will be good across the Northeast and in Florida, but lots of clouds everywhere else east of the Rockies, Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.

"It should be clear up and down the West Coast from Seattle to Los Angeles and also be clear across most of the Four Corners states," Samuhel said.

After the Quadrantids, the next major meteor shower - the Lyrid shower -- is expected between April 16 to 25, 2015.