We are getting inside of a week from the Great Total Solar Eclipse of 2017, in fact it’s just under five days away as the moon will line up between the sun and earth on Monday creating a total solar eclipse that will cover the largest amount of the Continental United States in nearly 100 years…
Of course the million dollar question is…What will the weather be like on Monday afternoon?
Our latest thoughts on the weather here locally is that a frontal boundary will move just south of the region this weekend, that as a whole should keep shower and thunderstorm activity at a minimum on Monday, we currently have 20-30 percent changes in our forecast for Monday.
The other big question is…will the clouds block out the image?
Right now we see no reason to be discouraged. Looking at our global models the GFS in particular is showing small amounts of clouds, areas in South Carolina could see high clouds and some low cumulus may form in North Carolina here in the western sections…but again it’s nothing to be discouraged.
We feel with some confidence that most everyone in our viewing area will have solid conditions for viewing Monday afternoon. Posted below are the latest projections from the GFS and European models…
The video clips posted below (click to animate) provide all the information you need to know across the Carolinas related to time of totality, duration and percentage for those areas even outside the path of totality. For our coverage area coverage of eclipse ranges from about 96 percent in Alexander and extreme Eastern Catawba and Lincoln Counties to nearly 99 percent in Western sections of McDowell and Rutherford County…so even if your plans don’t include reaching the path of totality, there will be plenty of coverage here in our local area. A reminder that the eclipse will begin at approximately 1 pm on Monday, max out between 2:30 and 2:45 pm and then begin its decline up to about the 4 pm hour when the eclipse ends.
Wherever you may be viewing the Solar Eclipse, make sure and take all precautions including using protective eyewear. Also, get to your destination as early as possible... there is an expected influx of traffic coming from people in other parts of the country who are wanting to get near the path of totality.
Once you get to your destination and settled in, enjoy the view!