Optimistic cloud forecast for Missouri solar eclipse views

ST. LOUIS — As anticipation builds for the upcoming solar eclipse, there’s good news on the weather front. Initial concerns about cloudy skies seem to be fading, with signs indicating clearer conditions as we approach Monday’s celestial event.

The path to totality lies south or southeast of St. Louis, recent forecasts offer hope for optimal viewing conditions. Following some rain on Sunday, indications suggest a brighter outlook for eclipse viewing on Monday. The skies should be mostly sunny to partly cloudy, with marginal to good viewing conditions. Temperatures at 2 p.m. – the time for totality – will be around 72 degrees.

Additional information from the Associated Press:

WHAT IS A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

During a total solar eclipse, the moon lines up perfectly between the Earth and the sun, blotting out the sunlight. On April 8, the moon’s shadow will slice a diagonal line from the southwest to the northeast across North America, briefly plunging communities along the track into darkness.

North America won’t experience totality again until 2033, but only in Alaska. The next isn’t until 2044, when totality will be confined to Western Canada, Montana and North Dakota. There won’t be another U.S. eclipse, spanning coast to coast, until 2045.

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Which states will get a full eclipse?

  • The path of total darkness — the path of totality — crosses 15 states.

  • The key ones are:

  • Texas

  • Oklahoma

  • Arkansas

  • Missouri

  • Illinois

  • Kentucky

  • Indiana

  • Ohio

  • Pennsylvania

  • New York

  • Vermont

  • New Hampshire

  • Maine

  • — Tennessee and Michigan just get a small slice. The rest of the lower 48 states will see a partial eclipse. The farther from the path of totality, the smaller the moon’s bite will be out of the sun.

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FIND YOUR CITY ON ECLIPSE MAPS

These sites provide detailed maps and other information about the eclipse:

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