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 under “Precipitation Products”). Map presentation.
 NAM: 84-hour numerical forecasts (cloud forecasts under “Precipitation Products”).  Map presentation.
 HRRR: 18- hour numerical forecasts (cloud forecasts under “All Products”). Map presentation.
Spot Weather  Single-point forecasts. Select location by name, latitude/longitude, or by map click. Compare various model forecasts to assess reliability. Graphical presentation.


Other Useful Links
Forest fire smoke map for North America Map of smoke distribution and intensity. Site shows fire location until after 1800 UTC, then smoke.
NWS Forest Fire smoke maps Available after 1 pm. Select “1 Hr Average Vertical Smoke Integration,” then individual forecast maps.
 National Weather Service observations from weather stations  Click on the state and select the location of interest for both forecasts and observations.


Highway Cameras along the Eclipse Track
Oregon Idaho Wyoming
Nebraska Missouri Kentucky
Tennessee Georgia North Carolina
South Carolina Eclipse highway information along the track  
Many of the state highway web sites have special forecasts and announcements about eclipse day travel


Contrail Forecasts
Contrail forecasts for the Continental USA (CONUS)  Coloured circles on the animated maps  indicate areas that are favourable for contrail formation (but not necessarily that contrails are present). Select from CONUS or East/West.
Water-vapour satellite image These infrared satellite images show where moisture is present in the upper atmosphere, including in areas where no clouds are obvious. Dark areas are dry, gray and white areas outline increasing amounts of moisture. Contrails  are likely to form where upper-level moisture is greatest. 


Updated August 2017

Climatology and weather for celestial events