The Lyrids are the oldest known meteor showers with sightings dating back more than 2600 years. They are also one of the most frequently viewed meteor showers since they occur every year from around April 16-25. The peak for viewing the Lyrids this year will occur in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 22, with 10 to 20 meteors per hour which can be seen for several seconds as they burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.

With high pressure dominating over the nation's midsection, clear skies and milder temperatures will provide excellent viewing conditions across much of the South and West. However, a storm system and cloudy skies will hinder viewing for those near the Great Lakes and in the Northeast. Viewing conditions are better in country locations rather than in cities, where artificial light is more prevalent.

Story by Meteorologist Eric Leister