Weather Desk Overview

Dodging cloud at an eclipse can be a daunting task, especially when a last-minute move is needed.

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 clouds cooperating?

Fortunately, we have several information sources at our disposal to help answer that question. These resources include:

  • Real-time satellite images, like that below, to show the location and density of cloud cover along the eclipse track
  • a suite of computer models to give short- and long-term predictions of cloudiness in the days ahead of the eclipse
  • Surface observations from sites along the track to tell us of the current conditions
  • Forecasts from government and commercial entities

By clicking on the tabs above or those below, you can investigate each of these resources and find out how to put them to best use.

Numerical Forecasts Satellite
Surface Observations Forest Fires and Smoke
Weather Forecasts

Updated July 2017

Climatology and weather for celestial events