Earth will be passing through the debris field from the tail of Comet Thatcher which produces the annual Lyrid meteor shower. This particular meteor shower features quite a bit of variability with some blockbuster years in which up to 90 meteors per hour were recorded (1982). Other years have produced a less than stellar show with much smaller rates. Forecasters are predicting a range of 10 to 20 per hour for the northern hemisphere.
The best time for viewing is deep into the night with the final hours before sunrise being the best window. However, an hour past the sunset working toward midnight, don't be surprised to see a few zip across the sky.
10 Connects meteorologist Chris Suchan