At 8:18 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, skygazers in Alabama were stunned by a fireball meteor that streaked across the sky.
The meteor moved southwest across the sky at a velocity of 76,000 miles per hour. Marshall Space Flight Center official Bill Cooke has confirmed that it was a baseball-sized fragment of a comet.
A meteor is classified as a fireball when it is brighter than the planet Venus, which Cooke said, "The fireball seen [on] Monday night was 15 times brighter than Venus."
The phenomenon was only visible for 3 seconds, as the meteor disintegrated in Earth's atmosphere over the town of Woodstock, Ala. The video below shows a montage of the lone fireball as it shot across the sky.
The fireball was also accompanied by a sonic boom, which is a thunderlike noise that accompanies an object moving faster than the speed of sound.
The American Meteor Society has already received more than 190 reported sightings of this event.
Reported sightings of the fireball were described by attendants of Mumford & Son's concert at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, Ala. However, a video reportedly claiming to be the cosmic event is unsubstantiated. While Cooke says the video is consistent with what concert-goers would have witnessed, it is believed to be a fireball that occurred in Argentina earlier this year.
It's shaping up to be a wet and stormy end to the weekend across the Southeast with the risk of flooding and severe thunderstorms.
A spike in severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, will follow a slow start to severe weather season in 2014.
Sunday's NASCAR race in Bristol, Tenn., may turn into a washout following a dry start to the weekend.
Mother Nature will bring another blast of winter weather from Missouri to Delaware before spring arrives.
Colder air will slowly filter across the Cleveland area this weekend following a mild end to the week.
Colder air will slowly filter across the Detroit area this weekend following a mild end to the week.
1-2 feet of snow from Grant to Estes Park (15th-16th).
Eastern States/ Central States (1843)
Great snowstorm swept from Gulf of Mexico to Maine: Snowfall amounts: Location: Inches: Little Rock, AR 8.0 Memphis, TN & Washington, DC 10.0 Baltimore, MD 12.0 Philadelphia, PA with drifts of 4-5' 12.0 New York City, NY 12.0 Snow, then rain in Boston 4.0-6.0
Concordia, KS (1924)
17.2" of snow.