SoCal, a Good Place to Watch Monday's Solar

  • SoCal, a Good Place to Watch Monday's Solar

SoCal, a Good Place to Watch Monday's Solar

"I probably won't be around for the next total eclipse", the 76-year-old said.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said some of best weather conditions in terms of cloud-free conditions will extend from interior OR to Idaho and southwestern Montana, despite any haze from distant fires.

Though no rain is expected, it will be hot, say forecasters.

The forecast models meteorologists use to predict weather are "not being very consistent right now", so the forecast is uncertain, said Patrick Walsh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's office in the St. Louis area.

The West is in the best position to watch the eclipse on Monday.

NOAA's graphic shows cloud coverage predictions for the August 21 total solar eclipse.

But even with a fair amount of upper level cloud cover, the sun has an opportunity to shine through, he said. When this happens, the classic image appears of a black dot surrounded by a feathery red ring, the sun's corona.

Computer-generated forecasts don't quite agree about cloud cover, except for the Pacific Northwest and SC.

"A spotty thunderstorm could bring localized clouds, but most of the day should be clear", Samuhel said.

Out in Eastern Oregon, wildfire smoke could threaten some peoples' view of the eclipse.

Moore says the daytime on Tuesday wouldn't have changed much from Monday, with partly sunny skies and a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, favoring afternoon hours. Telepun has booked six separate sites - five camping areas and one hotel - along a 400-mile-long swath from Missouri to Tennessee, ready to get ahead of the weather.

"We'll be making the decision Sunday morning where to go", Telepun said.