Screen capture from North Liberty, Iowa fireball video.
Last Thursday, a dramatic fireball (or large meteor) streaked through the skies of eastern Iowa – capturing the attention of hundreds of eyewitnesses. Over 1,200 people filed reports with the American Meteor Society, making it the third most reported fireball in its online system’s history.
Heat map showing concentration of Iowa fireball reports from December 26 (American Meteor Society)
The City of North Liberty, Iowa posted this incredible video – which shows the fireball flaming out in the snowy skies:
Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.