Sunday, August 13, 2017

Updated cloud cover projection for Solar Eclipse

I continue to look over computer model data for the Solar Eclipse coming Monday, August 21.  Specifically, I'm watching how much cloud cover could be in the sky for the eclipse.

This morning's computer model runs are on two ends of the spectrum for cloud cover.  NOAA's global forecast model (GFS) continues its bullish run on clouds.  The European forecast agency's ECMWF keeps skies much more clear.

It is interesting to note that the GFS has been very consistent suggesting clouds over much of the Midwest for several days.

Remember, for the best viewing experience we want less clouds.

Total cloud cover projections for 2pm ET/1pm CT:

Bloomington, In:
  • GFS - 98%
  • ECMWF - 38%
Cape Girardeau, Mo:
  • GFS - 89%
  • ECMWF - 36%
Carbondale, Il:
  • GFS - 93%
  • ECMWF - 18%
Columbus, In:
  • GFS - 90%
  • ECMWF - 51%
Farmington, Mo:
  • GFS - 94%
  • ECMWF - 27%
Indianapolis, In:
  • GFS - 97%
  • ECMWF - 52%
Lafayette, In:
  • GFS - 100%
  • ECMWF - 29%
Muncie, In:
  • GFS - 98%
  • ECMWF - 58%
Paducah, Ky:
  • GFS - 76%
  • ECMWF - 20%
Peru, In:
  • GFS - 100%
  • ECMWF - 20%
St. Louis, Mo:
  • GFS - 92%
  • ECMWF - 3%
Terre Haute, In:
  • GFS - 99%
  • ECMWF - 34%
It just so happens I will be in Missouri the day of the eclipse.  Better yet, where I am going to be is in the area of totality.  Here's hoping the cloud cover projections keep going lower and lower!

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