(JOPLIN, Mo.) — A little after 5:00 PM Sunday we started getting messages and texts asking what that loud BOOM was across the region.
One of our Joplin News First followers, Sonny Mitchell, pointed us to the American Meteor Society.
The Perseid meteor shower will radiate out.
In fact according to reports it was heard and seen from hundreds of miles apart in a short matter of seconds from Kansas City to Oklahoma City, and that covered Joplin.
“GOES Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) data confirmed a FLASH (flash density) w/ NO STORMS even close between 5:05pm to 5:06pm.
This would make sense, if the meteor(ite) was in SW MO… it would have taken approx 4 minutes for the sound to travel 48 miles.
(Every 5 seconds = approx 1 mile for the speed of sound,” Skoff notes on his facebook page.