Weather for Today's Solar Eclipse Around the US

May 20, 2012; 12:39 PM
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Many across the United States are anxiously awaiting today's solar eclipse, but Mother Nature will decide who gets to see what promises to be a spectacular show.

Nearly all of the United States will either see a complete or partial eclipse late today. Only the East Coast will miss out on the show due to nightfall.

Weather Threatens to Also Ruin the Show

Much to the dismay of sky gazers, Mother Nature will make it impossible for every place that should be able to witness the eclipse to do so.

A shroud of clouds will cover Seattle, Portland, Pendleton and many other communities across the Northwest during the eclipse.

Potentially severe thunderstorms and clouds also threaten to ruin the view from the western Great Lakes to Oklahoma, which includes Chicago, St. Louis and Oklahoma City. A few of these thunderstorms will extend back to West Texas.

People are still urged to keep an eye to the sky across this corridor late today, but for their safety and not the eclipse.

SEE ALSO:
When, Where to Watch Today's Solar Eclipse Across the U.S.
How to Safely Observe the Sun During an Eclipse
How to Safely Photograph Today's "Ring of Fire" Eclipse

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Mother Nature to Play "Peekaboo"

For those across the northern and eastern Rockies and the Tennessee Valley, it may seem like Mother Nature is playing a game of "peekaboo" with the eclipse late today.

Spotty thunderstorms will dot both of these regions, but there could be enough breaks in the accompanying clouds for residents to catch at least a glimpse of the sun being blocked out by the moon.

Perfect Weather for a Spectacular Eclipse

In between the thunderstorms over the eastern Rockies and the clouds across the Northwest, the Southwest will be treated to the best views of the eclipse.

The weather will be perfect as high pressure promotes clear skies. Residents and visitors will have no trouble admiring (though not with a naked eye) a complete or nearly complete solar eclipse.

As a bonus, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson states that the display will be extra spectacular with the eclipse occurring right before sunset.

Clear skies late today will also encompass South and East Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley, allowing anyone in Houston and New Orleans to watch the moon partially cover the setting sun.

The same can be said for the eastern Great Lakes, but the window of opportunity to view the eclipse will only be open for a short time. Fifteen minutes after the eclipse starts in Buffalo, darkness will end the show.

Eclipse Also Visible in Alaska, Hawaii

The eclipse will not be confined to the contiguous United States, but will also provide a spectacular show in Alaska, Hawaii and eastern Asia.

The only problem is that clouds streaming across Alaska will make the eclipse impossible to view in Juneau and Anchorage.

Across Hawaii, leeward areas will have the best opportunity to witness the eclipse with few clouds set to be streaming overhead. More clouds will cover windward locations.

If you live in or are visiting any community where Mother Nature will provide you with a great view of the eclipse, you are welcome to share your photos of today's eclipse with AccuWeather.com through Facebook or Twitter.

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