Meteor Picture & Video, Plus Weekend Weather

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Thank you for reading the Weather Watch 12 blog.  The buzz continues around the fireball meteor that raced through the skies on Wednesday evening.  The video and pictures continue to amaze…and today(Friday)…a piece of the meteorite was recovered in Southwest Wisconsin.  In this entry we will look at pictures of the meteor, the ‘rock’, the radar, and our exclusive video.

Let’s start by looking at a picture taken by Nathan Alf of Oconomowoc.  Nathan was taking some pictures for a class project when he captured this amazing picture of the meteor streaking through the sky!

As the meteor raced across southern Wisconsin, the NEXRAD radar out of LaCrosse picked up the object at 10:10 p.m.  The storm relative velocity product detected the motion of the meteor over southwest Iowa County very near the Grant County line.  Inside the circle on the image below is where the velocity of the meteor was located, about 10,000 feet above the ground.  I also put a red ‘*’ next to the town of Livingston.  This is where a piece of the meteor has been retrieved.

A piece of the meteor that was located near Livingston made its way to Madison to be looked at by researchers for about an hour on Friday.  The researchers confirmed the rock was from a meteorite.  The photo was taken by Jeff Miller.

Amazing that we track a meteor from pictures and video, to a radar image, and the result in less than a day is the recovery of pieces of the meteor!

If you missed our WISN 12 exclusive video, here it is one more time!

If you are curious about the weekend weather, we will be going in depth in our newscasts.  But do expect lots of sunshine this weekend with highs in the 50s.  The coolest readings will occur near Lake Michigan.  In Saturday’s blog it will be back to chatting about the weather.

Until then, let me know what you think about the meteor in the comments section of the blog.

Jeremy Nelson

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6 Responses

  1. Nice work. Surprised it didn’t register higher on radar for velocity, but all the same quite a unique and interesting situation. I am torn between this occurrence and the awesome time lapse of the microburst in KC…but both are VERY impressive.

    Yes, sometimes it is better to be lucky than good – but ultimately, luck is nothing more than opportunity meeting preparation.

    Will link this blog as this is a nice write up.

    • Kind of amazing in this day and age that we can see something, look at radar, take ground reports, and then find evidence of a very rare sight!

      Jeremy

      • Now..if we could just apply that type of rigor to other facets of physical science….

  2. Very cool, never saw a meteor before. Just caught it out my window.

    • I missed it…but loved the video!

      Jeremy

  3. I remember that night, I was walking toward my window when I saw a bright light, I thought it might be a plane falling from the sky, then it got really bright, broke up and disappeared. I was screaming for my husband. By the time he got there it was all over. It was really cool!

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