(meteorobs) Somewhat disappointing PERs from north Florida this morning

Paul Jones jonesp0854 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 11 08:09:34 EDT 2011

Greetings again all,
    Although my skies were a bit hazy, muddy, murky, fuzzy, foggy around the
edges, I managed an hour of pre-dawn PER watching this morning (Aug. 10/11)
from my driveway.  I got only 19 PERs all told, plus a spattering of other
assorted non-Perseids from 4:30 to 5:30 EDT.  Only a lone +1 PER was the
closest thing to a bright one I saw.  Most of them were rather faint indeed
and I may have lost a few to the sky conditions, but anything bright or near
bright would have shown up.  And the skies were good enough to record data.
Full data to follow seperately.
   I don't know, maybe it's me, but these recent PER displays pale in
comparison to the ones we had back in the late seventies and eighties.
Seemed like 90 to 100 per hour or more was routine back then in any dark
moon year.  60 per hour was more common on the night before maximum!  I
recall specifically in 1977, we were seeing 60/hour before midnight on max
night.  By dawn that morning, we were getting 3 to 4 PERs a MINUTE!  Nothing
like that going on anymore!!  What has happened to the PERS??
  Hopefully, they will pick up from here and good luck to all who watch.
I'll give it another  go in the morning but I don't expect a whole lot what
with the full moon and all.  Maybe we'll get lucky...

Clear skies, Paul
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