(Cloud fraction climatology image via eclipsophile)

After patiently waiting 38 years for a total solar eclipse, retinas across The United States were awestruck by today’s spectacular event. In the age of social media however, Americans will be far less stoic in their anticipation for the next one. Fortunately, another transcontinental total solar eclipse will venture Across North America in less than 7 years from now! (Unfortunately, it’s on a Monday Again.)

Since it’s never too early to start planning an eclipse trip, AtmoLife has you covered with the you-heard-it-here-first weather forecasts across the path of totality. It’s not irresponsible hype when everyone has enough time to surely forget your prediction! We cranked up our in house numerical models (hit the craps table baby!) to bring you the following cloud cover forecasts for April 8, 2024.

Mazatlán, MX-SIN (18:10 UTC, 12:10 PM MDT)

3/8 cloud cover.

Although most of the coastal fog will burn off well before noon, some lingering patches may interrupt the continent’s initial glimpse of the eclipse. To be safe, we recommend venturing a few miles inland away from the resort town. Safe probably wasn’t the optimal word choice here.

Torreón, MX-COA (18:19 UTC, 1:19 PM CDT)

0/8 cloud cover.

High pressure will persist over the arid Mesa Del Norte region making it an ideal setting to gaze at the corona light with a Corona Light.

Piedras Negras, MX-COA/Eagle Pass, TX (18:30 UTC, 1:30 PM CDT)

1/8 cloud cover.

Mostly clear skies other than a few stray cumulus are expected. Unfortunately one of those tiny clouds is going to float directly above you during the 2 minutes of eclipse totality.

San Antonio, TX (18:34 UTC, 1:34 CDT)

3/8 cloud cover.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop ahead of an approaching cold front later in the afternoon, but skies should be mostly clear for the eclipse giving locals something to remember besides the Alamo.

Dallas, TX (18:42 UTC, 1:42 CDT)

5/8 cloud cover.

Assuming the brief gap in daytime heating doesn’t prevent the cap from eroding, afternoon development of discrete supercells are expected along the triple point of a deepening low pressure system. This means one thing. ECLIPSE NADERS. Be prepared for an earthquake too.

Little Rock, AR (18:52 UTC, 1:52 CDT)

8/8 cloud cover.

Sorry Arkansas. You’re stuck in warm front land. After a March of record lows however, the injection of springtime tropical air will be far more welcome than viewing the eclipse.

Carbondale, IL (19:02, 2:02 CDT)

7/8 cloud cover.

Southern Illinois will also be stuck in warm front land, but you just got an eclipse. Nobody feels sorry for you.

Indianapolis, IN (19:07, 3:07 EDT)

4/8 cloud cover.

Scattered high clouds will be thin enough to concede the shape of the eclipsing sun, yet thick enough to gaze at safely with regular sunglasses.*

*AtmoLife is not liable for any eye damage sustained by our readers.

Cleveland, OH (19:16 UTC, 3:16 EDT)

7/8 cloud cover.

It’s difficult to find cloud breaks in the Great Lakes region this time of year, but everyone in Cleveland will be too preoccupied with LeBron James’ final home game before retiring to care about a stupid eclipse.

Buffalo, NY (19:20 UTC, 3:20 EDT)

8/8 cloud cover.

Thankfully, nobody lives in Buffalo anymore by the year 2024.

Montreal, QC (19:27 UTC, 3:27 EDT)

6/8 cloud cover.

Scattered showers will likely inhibit eclipse viewing, causing local Québécois to stick to their daily poutine.

Fredericton, NB (19:35 UTC, 4:35 ADT)

2/8 cloud cover.

The sun’s angle will be much lower as the eclipse moves further north and closer to sunset. Photographs will be taken exclusively by local hockey goalies who excel at spotting quickly moving disk shaped objects through traffic at low angles.

St. John’s, NL (19:46 UTC, 5:46 NDT)

8/8 cloud cover.

We have no way to verify this forecast because everyone will have stopped caring by then.

 

 

 

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