Mostly good viewing weather in the US for Monday’s eagerly awaited solar eclipse
Most of the nation should see fairly quiet weather Monday for the Great American Eclipse, the National Weather Service said.
Folks in a narrow swathe of land from Oregon to South Carolina will see the total eclipse, while most of the rest of North America, along with portions of South America, Africa and Europe, will see a partial eclipse.
The cloudiest and potentially rainiest spots should be the Upper Midwest and the Southeast, the weather service predicts.
The cloudy skies in the Upper Midwest will be due to a storm that’s forecast to push through the region, while the view in the Southeast could be marred because of typical afternoon summer thunderstorms.
Morning low clouds could also fill skies in coastal areas of Washington, Oregon and California, AccuWeather said. But other than those cloudy skies, most of the West should have clear or mostly clear skies for eclipse viewing, especially in eastern Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming. However, smoke and haze wafting from wildfires could take the edge off of viewing conditions there.
Other areas where sunny skies are expected include most of Texas, the Ohio Valley, and portions of the Northeast, AccuWeather said.
Elsewhere, hit-or-miss clouds are likely. That includes areas along the Mississippi River in much of Missouri and western Kentucky, where the longest total eclipse occurs.
Temperatures should fall a few degrees as the moon obscures the sun, the weather service said, then rebound after the sun re-emerges.