Clouds, rain may mar Monday's eclipse

Saul Bowman
August 22, 2017

Millions of Americans across the country will head outside Monday and look to the sky for a once-in-a-generation glimpse of a total solar eclipse.

Monday night, there is an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 7 p.m., according to the weather service.

The first total solar eclipse to be visible over almost all of North America in almost a century happens today.

Today, the forecast looks a tad more encouraging. Skies will be mostly cloudy along the coast and partly cloudy inland. Showers and storms are likely throughout the day. Rain chances should be fairly low, but a late day shower or storm can't be ruled out.

We have a cloud problem.


In Tennessee, The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in downtown Lawrenceburg beginning at noon.

For Sunday, you'll wake up to mostly sunny skies with a 60 percent chance of afternoon and evening scattered showers and storms.

The partial eclipse in our area will begin around 1:15 p.m. reaching its peak around 2:35 p.m. and wrapping up around 3:50 p.m.

"If you happen to be in one of those locations with lower clouds, that could be a little more impactful for viewing". Expect a few afternoon storms to pop up along and south of the I-85 corridor through mid afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Generally, clouds will be increasing today - out ahead of tonight's heavy rain. The high will be near 91 with a heat index as high as 100. Dry and mild conditions will prevail through the end of the week, when thunderstorm chances are expected to return for the weekend, after the cold front moves out Wednesday.

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