As the total solar eclipse of 2017 inches nearer and nearer, our attention turns to what will make or break the event: the weather! We took a look ahead to see what kind of weather you should expect to see within the eclipse’s path of totality on Monday, August 21. See the eclipse weather forecasts below!
Note: Weather forecasts will become more accurate as we approach the date of the eclipse. Please keep an eye on our 7-day forecasts for the latest up-to-date weather information.
Weather Forecasts for the Path of Totality
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Many eclipse-chasers feared that the Oregon coast would live up to its stereotype and block out yet another total solar eclipse (as it did in 1979), but it appears as if that may not be the case this year—for part of the state, at least. The skies over Salem and much of western Oregon are predicted to be clear with only occasional clouds, while overcast skies and a possibility of rain are forecast for the east.
The path of totality runs just north of Boise, where skies are expected to be clear and blue—and temperatures, hot! In the eastern part of the state, expect the same.
In western Wyoming, near Grand Teton National Park, some clouds and a passing thunderstorm are possible. Around Casper, mostly clear skies are expected.
Western Nebraska should see partly cloudy skies, while central and eastern Nebraska (Lincoln) can expect mostly clear skies—with a chance of a passing storm.
In the ever-so-small southwestern tip of Iowa that lies within the path of totality, clear skies are expected.
In Kansas, mostly clear skies are forecast, but a smattering of clouds is possible.
Between St. Joseph and Kansas City, scattered thunderstorms may occur, while in central Missouri, mostly clear skies are expected. Morning thunderstorms are forecast for the St. Louis area, too, but they may turn to partly cloudy skies as the eclipse approaches.
Illinois may see a few isolated thunderstorms in the area around Carbondale, but with luck, most of southern Illinois will just experience partly cloudy skies instead.
Like Illinois, southwestern Kentucky should prepare for the possibility of isolated thunderstorms. Much of the same is expected in the area just south of Bowling Green, too.
From Nashville to Tennessee’s eastern border, scattered showers with a chance of thunderstorms should be expected.
Rain and a chance of thunderstorms are forecast for North Carolina’s mountainous west.
Skies will be mostly cloudy in northern Georgia, with a chance of rain and clear skies breaking through occasionally.
Some clouds can be expected in the areas around Greenville and Columbia, while a chance of thunderstorms is forecast for Charleston and the coast.
Eclipse Forecast Summary
Between Oregon and Iowa, mostly clear skies are expected, though occasional cloud cover or thunderstorms may pop up in some areas. From Missouri to South Carolina, scattered showers, clouds, and the occasional thunderstorm are possible. For the most up-to-date weather info in your area, see our 7-Day Weather Forecasts.
And wait! Before you go canceling your eclipse-related fun, remember that forecasts are NOT set in stone, and that weather may change at a moment’s notice! Plus, what’s eclipse-hunting without a little excitement, anyway? See you at the eclipse!