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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal flood advisory in effect from 10 PM Thursday to 1 am EDT Friday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal flood advisory, which is in effect from 10 PM Thursday to 1 am EDT Friday. * Locations...low lying coastal areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...around 1 ft above astronomical tides tonight and 1 to 1 1/2 ft Thursday morning and Thursday night. * Timing...minor flooding around the times of high tide Thursday night. Brief and localized minor flooding possible with tonight's and Thursday morning high tide. * Impacts...minor flooding of the most vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline roads...and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide or wave splashover Thursday night. Inundation of 1 to 1 1/2 ft above ground level in the lowest lying spots. A few Road closures likely with a low threat of property damage. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Thursday night... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. .................................(mllw/mhhw).................. Kings Point NY......1136 PM..10.5-11.0/2.7-3.2......minor..... Bridgeport CT.......1148 PM...9.6-10.1/2.3-2.8......minor..... New Haven CT........1147 PM....8.8-9.3/2.1-2.6......min-mod... Old Field NY........1150 PM...9.5-10.0/2.2-2.7......minor..... Glen Cove NY........1152 PM..10.4-10.9/2.5-3.0......minor..... -- Wednesday May.24 17,07:24 PM

Don’t Miss the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower This Week

The meteor shower will be active until August 23, with the peak viewing time occurring on Tuesday.

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The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is active as of this weekend. There are plenty of chances to get a peak at this meteor shower, which will remain active until August 23. However, the peak viewing time for the shower will be on Tuesday, so be sure to get to one of the great stargazing spots on Long Island to check it out.
 
The new moon was on Saturday, the dark sky gives the best chance to view the meteor shower. When the moon returns, visibility will be down but you will still have the chance to see these shooting stars until around August 23, according to EarthSky.org.
 
This is not the only meteor shower that you can view this summer. In fact, another shower will be visible at the same time in August. The even more famous Perseid meteor shower will overlap with the Delta Aquarid, with peak times occurring August 11, 12 and 13.
 
These meteor showers occur when the Earth crosses paths with the orbital path of a comet. As the comets get closer to the sun, they shed debris that fall towards Earth and burn up in the atmosphere. The burning debris are what we see as shooting stars.
 
It is not known with certainty which comet causes the Delta Aquarid meteor shower, but it is believed by some to be caused by the Comet 96P Machholz, which was discovered in 1986.
 
So when should you check out the upcoming shower? It is not know with certainty when the exact best time will be, however July 29 should be your best bet, between the hours of midnight and dawn. Of course, clouds could get in the way, but if not the shower will be visible across the entire Earth, assuming you are in a dark area and far away from artificial lights.
 
[Source: EarthSky.org]