Some areas may see cloud cover during total solar eclipse

Pauline Gross
August 19, 2017

So warn meteorologists at the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center.

Even with clouds in the sky, eclipse watchers can still enjoy the mid-day darkness and a drop in temperature - as much as 10-degrees during totality.

SC and many parts of the Midwest along the "path of totality" are at risk of cloud cover during the critical viewing time for the total eclipse, says the WPC. 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.

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Besides the effects of the high-pressure area and the position of the frontal boundary, cloud cover will also be affected by the sudden cooling of the atmosphere when the moon blocks out the sun. "It looked pretty favorable until a day or two ago, but our models are now indicating there's a. 50-70% chance of cloud cover".

As of Friday evening, the National Weather Service forecast calls for a 55 percent chance of sky cover Monday at 1 p.m., around the time the eclipse will be visible from the New Orleans area.

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. It should also be OK in northern Georgia and the western part of SC. However, smoke and haze wafting from wildfires could take the edge off of viewing conditions there.

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