National Weather Service Sky Cover Forecast for Eclipse

Consider this the final forecast and here on out its whatever Mother Nature decides. Overall looks great for the West (0-30% cloud coverage), deteriorates significantly over the Plains/Midwest (50-70%), improves back to low coverage over southern IL and TN (where totality will be at or near max possible), and deteriorates again over South Carolina. 

Hoping for the best in Lincoln, Nebraska with 50-60% cloud coverage most likely transparent high clouds, however scattered opaque mid-level clouds are also possible which would diminish any serious solar viewing. My fiancé Cassie and I will head off to South Lincoln with our 1yr old and position ourselves at a location in view of the sun and the western sky (where the shadow will advance into town at 1500 mph). Whether we see the sun or on, it will turn to night at 1:02 pm CDT and last nearly 1 min 45 sec at our chosen location. We intend to have photos and I’ll also take video with my GoPro.

For 2017 Eclipse Coverage please follow me on Facebook or Twitter (see feeds on my main page for direct links). I will post on the progress of the eclipse on both platforms after the umbra’ landfall in Oregon at 10:16 PDT thru it’s exit from South Carolina after 2:50 pm EDT. Yes it’s only taking about a hour and a half for the umbra to blast across the US! 

I will do a post-eclipse photo/video post hopefully by this evening or tomorrow for WordPress 😊

Incoming shortwave radiation with eclipse effects as depicted by the experimental High Resolution Rapid Refresh Model (HRRRx) for 12:45 pm CDT Monday. Note the solar radiation “hole” which includes the umbra and “eclipse twilight”. (NOAA)
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Author: Meteorologist Nick Humphrey

Meteorologist and geoscientist in Lincoln, NE. Seattle, WA native. Love weather, storm chasing/photography and planetary science.

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