It wasn't such a starry night after all. Tuesday's meteor storm was more like a drizzle, according to some people who stayed up all night expecting a big show from the Leonids.

Meteorologist Jay Anderson and other avid star watchers drove all the way to a farmyard west of Carman to see the show. It fell short of his expectations.

"When we got to the main peak, between 4 a.m. and 4:30, we started getting count rates of 20 to 27 every five minutes, and about 10 per cent of them were pretty bright, but they were very short," Anderson says.

"It wasn't really the shower that we'd seen the year before when very bright meteors streaked across the whole sky."

Perhaps spectacle is in the eye of the beholder. Others in the scientific community thought the meteor storm was rather impressive.

Chris Brown, an astronomy professor, at the University of Manitoba was in the same spot as Anderson. At the peak of the storm, he counted 10 to 12 meteors per minute. He was "quite pleased" with the show.

"Astronomy's a little bit like fishing. You've got to go out there. Sometimes you'll catch fish and sometimes you won't. Same thing with this. Sometimes you'll see something really spectacular, and sometimes you won't, but you have to go if you want to see it at all."