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The Great Eclipse forecast and times to watch

The Great Eclipse forecast and times to watch

Clear skies are in store for ideal viewing of the eclipse coming over North America this afternoon, and chances of showers coming for the rest of the week according to the National Weather Service forecast. In the parts of the country where this is a total eclipse, the mercury can fall almost 10 degrees. "But we could start getting some afternoon cumulus clouds - lower clouds - and an outside chance of an isolated shower". It will gradually become brighter, and around 4 p.m. the skies will be completely sunny once more.

The first total solar eclipse to be visible over almost all of North America in almost a century happens today. The eclipse begins at 12:03PM in Montgomery, peaks at 1:34PM at a 90% eclipse of the sun, then ends at 3:00PM when we will see the sun in full again.

The way it looks right now.in St. Louis and much of the viewing area, it'll be a mix of clouds and sun.but mostly likely more clouds than sun for most. "The shadow of the moon will still darken the sky", said Dave Jones, founder and CEO of StormCenter Communications, whose group is helping states in the path of the eclipse prepare for the event.

"In terms of cloud cover, we anticipate some like we'd normally see on a hot summer day", Chace said. Temperatures will drop temporarily.

St. Louis solar eclipse forecast
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Scattered thunderstorms were also expected thanks to a formation of a sea breeze about one-and-a-half hours ahead of eclipse totality, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will continue to warm for the next couple days.

If fighting traffic or sleeping in your vehicle doesn't sound worth it, Beatty has a few other suggestions. Monday night should be calm and mostly clear with lows dropping to the mid 70s.




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