This is the third Neoweather article on the upcoming solar eclipse. If you haven’t seen them already check out Brian Ivey’s article and Jim Martin’s article. Tomorrow is the day we have been waiting for, a total solar eclipse will cross a 65 mile swath across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. While only a small fraction of the continental United States is in the path of totality, the entire lower 48 will experience a partial eclipse. In the Buckeye State, parts of Southwest Ohio (including Cincinnati) will get a 90% eclipse while Cleveland will get 80%. If you plan on traveling to see totality, parts of Kentucky and Tennessee will probably be your best bet. Many people are wondering why they should bother traveling hours to see a brief (2 minutes and 40 seconds) total eclipse when they can get 75%-90% coverage at home. I was surprised to learn that when the sun is 99% covered, it gives off 10,000 times more light than when it is fully obscured.
Of course you won’t be able to see the eclipse if there are clouds around. What does the forecast look like for Ohio tomorrow? It looks like a majority of the state will be partly to mostly sunny meaning you may have some trouble with clouds especially in the northern half of the state. We may be partly to even mostly cloudy in parts of Northwestern Ohio including Toledo so you may want to travel a bit to the south and east if you can. The parts of the state that are least likely to have clouds interfere with the eclipse are also areas that will see the greatest eclipse. If you want to stay in the state, Southern Ohio may be the place to go tomorrow. Wherever you go it will be a warm day with highs in the upper 80’s to near 90 degrees.
With the big day just hours away I thought it was important to review eclipse safety. It is absolutely essential that if you are planning on viewing the eclipse tomorrow that you have approved eyewear to protect your eyes. Looking directly at the sun is ill advised on normal days but tomorrow will give you a good reason to do so and the result will be serious eye damage and perhaps blindness if you do not take precautions. If you were unable to obtain glasses, there are other ways to view the eclipse, make sure to check out Brian Ivey’s article. The only time it will be safe to look directly at the sun will be during the couple minutes of complete coverage if you are in the path of totality. I’m planning on covering the eclipse for Neoweather tomorrow so make sure to check out our page for updates as the day goes on. If all goes well, I’ll be traveling to White House, TN to get myself in the path of totality!
Many have been wondering when the next total solar eclipse will be and for many in Ohio, you will be in luck the next time around. On April 8th, 2024 the path of totality will run across a large portion of the Buckeye State including Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo. Both Cincinnati and Columbus fall just outside of the path of totality and it looks like the entire state will see at least 90% totality. The challenge here is that the weather in April is not only colder but can be stormier as well but we will have almost seven years to iron out the forecast for that solar eclipse.
I bet the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler has been played a lot this weekend and many will have it on during the eclipse. The last time any of the lower 48 saw a total eclipse was in 1979 which was about four years before this song came out. The single version of this song is four and a half minutes which is about two minutes longer than the total eclipse will be at any given location tomorrow so you better skip right to the chorus! Do you have a playlist for tomorrow? What song will you be playing during the event? Make sure to check out our Facebook page tomorrow for updates on the Great American eclipse!