Total Solar Eclipse April 8, 2024 weather prospects

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@Mark Egan thanks for posting this. After I had my first-ever experience of totality (near Torrington WY) in 2017, I knew I wanted to see the 2024 eclipse and be better prepared for it (mainly by making hotel reservations before all the rooms in the path of totality get taken up). At the time, 7 years seemed so far away, and now it’s almost impossible to believe we are more than halfway there! Thanks for the reminder that it’s time to start planning. As I look at the path and all of the options, it’s obvious that climatological considerations are huge. Of course, anything can happen, but picking a general area with the best climatological probabilities for clear skies is about all we can do. I haven’t read the article yet, but I am sure it will be a big help. I will probability make hotel reservations in a few areas, I can always cancel a few days ahead of time if needed. Other considerations for me are staying away from large metropolitan areas, and choosing a part of the country that I haven’t seen before or that I want my family to experience. Not intending to make more than a few days‘ trip out of it, given that I (hopefully) will be using the vacation time for storm chasing the very next month, and the kids are still in school in April anyway.
 

Mark Egan

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@JamesCaruso What do you know? I was close to the centerline north of Torrington! I had chosen that area because climate data suggested that skies were typically clear there in mid to late August, it had a good road network going east and west along the totality path, and it was a short drive away from the Rocky Mountains (I went on a beautiful 10 mile hike in RMNP several days before the eclipse)

Since I live in the totality path for 2024, there’s no reason to fly or drive somewhere (other than perhaps getting a bit closer to the centerline or needing to escape from clouds)

Jay Anderson is very good and detailed at what he does (you’ll see that when you read this guide). I’m hoping he’s teaching someone his skills to take over when he retires!
 
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Jeff Duda

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The only meteorological concerns you can address at this point aren't meteorological - they are climatological. We won't have a good idea of the sky cover until a week or so before the eclipse at best, and a few hours beforehand at worst.

No matter where you choose to setup for this, you need to have several backup plans in case clouds interrupt your primary spot. Give yourself a few hours to adjust as C2 approaches.