Monday, August 21, 2017 will see the much-advertised Total Solar Eclipse extend across the nation from Oregon on the west coast to South Carolina on the east. It’s the first “coast-to-coast” total eclipse in the United States in 99 years.
Even though we won’t get to partake of the “totality zone” in Texoma, it’s still worth a look (using safety-approved solar viewers), when some 80 percent of the sun disappears behind the moon mid-day on the 21st.
Since the path of totality is hundreds of miles to our north, you’ll have slightly greater coverage the farther north you travel with less of the sun covered as you move south. For instance, Dallas will have about 75 percent coverage while Tulsa will be at nearly 90 percent.
As you can see on the map, the Texoma average is around 80-81%. Extremes range from 78% in Van Alstyne to 83% in Ada and 84% in Clayton.
The eclipse begins at 11:40 a.m. CDT and peaks at about 1:09 p.m. CDT. The times are averages, but vary by only a minute or two from west to east.
As for the weather, it looks like nature will cooperate for eclipse-hunters with mostly sunny skies, but it will be very hot. Heat Indexes at eclipse-time will be close to 100 with air temperatures between 89 and 93.
A reminder to ONLY view the eclipse through approved solar filters. A complete list of safety rules is posted on my blog here:
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