Mickey: Clear to partly cloudy skies for today's eclipse!
- Author: Megan Austin Aug 22, 2017,
Aug 22, 2017, 0:47
The overnight lows will be in the upper 70's and near 80 along the coast with inland spots in the middle 70's.
Along the path of totality, some of the best viewing weather appears to be in interior portions of the West, all the way from central OR, through Idaho to eastern Wyoming, where the eclipse will occur in late morning. Weather is a big player in viewing the eclipse.
Recapping some eclipse factoids: The region is looking at 82 percent coverage, peaking at 2:42 p.m. These will continue through the early morning hours before they exit by the sunrise. The current sky cover forecast is "generally optimistic" as mostly sunny skies are expected when the eclipse begins just after 1:20 p.m.
For Tuesday, drier air makes its way across central Florida, bringing rain chances down to 30 percent with a chance of an isolated shower or storm.
"Remember, the sun is 93 million miles away".
The Eclipse will also cause our daytime highs to be below average, due to the blocking of the Sun!
As long as the clouds are not too thick, "the temperature should drop a bit too", according to Beatty.
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If you're in the Northwest, you're in luck, with the skies set to be free of cloud when the total eclipse begins on the OR coast at just after 10 a.m. PDT, according to the Weather Channel.
But some good news: Total eclipses can actually improve local weather conditions in the moments before totality.
Today: A Few Clouds.
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If fighting traffic or sleeping in your vehicle doesn't sound worth it, Beatty has a few other suggestions. This may get in the way of the start of the eclipse at 11:48 AM.