Total Solar Eclipse – 2017 August 21

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2017 Overview

The first total solar eclipse since 1979 will cross the continental United States on August 21, 2017, when the shadow of the Moon sweeps across the Earth, travelling from the North Pacific, south of the Aleutian Islands, to the Eastern Atlantic near the Cape Verde Islands in a little over three hours (Figure 1). After … Continue reading 2017 Overview

America’s Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, America will witness a total solar eclipse across the Continental U.S. for the first time since 1979. Click here to learn more about this event, and especially, the weather prospects that will let you select the best viewing location. Or, if you wish, select your state from the menu below for … Continue reading America’s Eclipse

Quick-Stop Weather

Use the following links to quickly assess weather prospects as eclipse day approaches. For a further explanation of these products, go here.  Satellite images  Oregon-Idaho   Visible  Infrared  Wyoming-Nebraska-Kansas   Visible  Infrared  Missouri-Illinois-Kentucky-Tennessee   Visible  Infrared  Carolinas and Georgia   Visible  Infrared   Numerical Models Site Notes College of DuPage model site  GFS: 15-day numerical forecasts (cloud forecasts are … Continue reading Quick-Stop Weather

Weather Desk Overview

Numerical Forecasts Satellite Surface Observations Forest Fires and Smoke Weather Forecasts   Beating the Weather In place of the well-known business mantra of “location, location, location,” eclipse watching substitutes “location, weather, weather.” And, with August 21 approaching, the weather question takes on even more importance. You know where you want to be, but are the … Continue reading Weather Desk Overview

Georgia and the Carolinas

As the eclipse track crosses the northeast tip of Georgia and passes into South Carolina, it makes a steady descent from the 1700 m heights of the Blue Ridge Mountains to sea level at the coast (Figure 1). In contrast to the Rockies, the descending flow off of the Appalachian Mountains does not automatically give … Continue reading Georgia and the Carolinas


No other region along the eclipse track has as capricious a climate as Oregon. To its west lies the Pacific Ocean, which feeds the prevailing onshore winds with a limitless supply of moisture.  On land, three mountain ranges that run the length of the state (Figure 1) insert a series of topographic barriers that induce … Continue reading Oregon