Alabama Meteor This Evening…Experts Say Impact Likely Occured in North Alabama… Tuesday Update – 9:20pm

Warning… The image above is not from the Alabama fireball, but just a representation of what it may have looked like according to witnesses. We are working to get pictures and video of the event… If you have pictures or video, please contact me by e-mail to rscott@wvuatv.com

Many of you in west and central Alabama reported seeing a fireball earlier in the sky. There were also numerous reports of a sonic boom across north Alabama… Here’s what Dr. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center: “This was NOT a Taurid meteor; probably a random interloper from the asteroid belt. Doppler weather radar shows a meteoritic “rain”, indicating that there are meteorites on the ground in Alabama. The radar signature is stronger than the recent California fireball, which produced meteorites in the San Francisco area.We are still working out a precise location for the meteor impact.”

We are working to get more information on this. This was not a major impact at all, but something very interesting to the scientific community. The small ones like this are very easy to miss and can happen suddenly. Many small meteorites have hit the Earth’s surface in recent years.

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Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

rscott@wvuatv.com

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