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Will Idaho’s Weather Cooperate for August Eclipse?

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It won’t happen in our state for another hundred years so this total eclipse is something you don’t want to miss, especially when that eclipse is going to center right over the top of southwest Idaho. Of course, we’ll only be able to view the eclipse if weather cooperates! If you’re nervous about clouds or rain ruining your view, check out this map to see where you need to avoid clouds and crazy weather on the day of the eclipse.

Credit :NOAA
Credit :NOAA

As you know by now a major solar eclipse is headed straight over Idaho and that doesn’t happen very often. As a matter of fact the last time the U.S saw a total eclipse that covered the middle of the country was during World War I. The last time it happened in Idaho was the late 70s. This isn’t something you want to miss, because it’s a once in a lifetime event for a lot of us.

If you look at the map, we here in Boise will not be the center of the Eclipse, but we are within a short drive north to see the full total eclipse.  But even here in Boise we will see most of it. People who are driving to see 100 percent of the eclipse are being warned of traffic problems, slow downs and very crowded camp grounds in the path of the eclipse, as hundreds of thousands of people make their way along the suns path.

How much would it suck if you paid a lot of money for a hotel or camp site only to be blocked by clouds.  Idaho is looking very good based on history for clouds on August 21st over the past 20 years or so. Other areas not so much, especially if you’re headed to the coast. Click on the link below to see cloudiness predictions for the eclipse path.

U.S. Cloud Map for Total Eclipse

The Eclipse will begin at about 10:10 a.m. with the peak at 11:27 a.m. and ending at 12:50 p.m. – right in time for lunch!

According to Space.com: “As it traverses the United States, the total eclipse will be visible within a path of darkness stretching from Oregon through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and finally South Carolina. The path will average 67 miles in width, but it will widen to a maximum of 71 miles while moving through western Kentucky.”

 

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The Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 – fly along with the shadow! from Eclipse2017.org on Vimeo.

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