Just like so many others, as scientists, we are getting excited for the Eclipse next Monday, Aug 21st. So for today’s Tuesday Thoughts we wanted to highlight some key information.

While the eclipse technically falls in the field of astronomy, as meteorologists, we commonly are asked about other areas of study including astronomy, geology, etc. For this event, however, the weather will play a role, depending on your viewing location.

Timing of the Eclipse

The eclipse will move across the US from across Oregon starting around 1020 am PDT to South Carolina around 240 pm EDT. The full eclipse will be near the border of Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska.

The map below has the specific details and path of the moon and Sun across the US for the timing and location for viewing.

link to a larger image https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/NASA_map_508.pdf

A downloadable image of the eclipse map

Weather Factors with the Eclipse

The most obvious question,

Will have sunny conditions to see the eclipse? 

Even if you have clouds, you will notice the decrease of light as the moon blocks the sun. So your eclipse watch party/agritourism event will not be a full loss it will just not be as dramatic.  As we move into the weekend, we will have a better perspective of the potential cloud cover.

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Another factor may be the impact of the smoke in the Pacific Northwest from the ongoing wildfires in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

The map below shows the locations of fires as of Aug 14th reported by the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System.

The smoke will likely not be thick enough to completely mask the eclipse, but it could filter the view.

Protect Your Eyes When Viewing the Eclipse

We want to caution everyone, you will damage your eyes if you look directly at the sun without special glasses. These glasses are not your standard polarized sun glasses, but are special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.”

Even if you are viewing through the haze of the smoke, you still need the special eye protection if you want to directly look at the sun.

NASA has some additional information about eyewear safety considerations.  

Also, the National Weather Service has more information about the path and timing. 

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