2001 was amazing (and damn lucky for us here in Seattle!) with the Leonid Meteor shower - or I guess I should say meteor STORM. Next hear is predicted to be pretty good, but more of a minor storm level than the 2001 outburst. Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle is the chunk of dirty snow that is shedding lumps of crud for the Earth to pass through causing the showers. Due to orbital mechanics, physics and comet/sun/Earth paths (that I won't get into) we will be passing through a cloud that was shed by the comet back in 1466. Predictions are for possibly up to 500 meteors per hour.
Nice! But will it be clear in Seattle in November??