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Latest cloud forecast for eclipse; Adventure to get to totality

By Dave Samuhel, AccuWeather senior meteorologist

Finally it is here. Totality begins on the West Coast soon!

It is time to watch the sky and satellite imagery to see where it is clear. And, the good news is that most of the Path of Totality is clear this morning.

Latest U.S. Satellite Imagery

Keep checking back here for the latest satellite imagery

Satellite imagery will be crucial for those planning a last minute change to their eclipse location.

Check out these forecast satellite images for totality across the country.




The cloud-cover forecast has been improving in many areas within the path of totality. The most substantial improvement has been in the Southeast.

As expected, the main trouble area is the center of the country. Areas of clouds and thunderstorms will plague eastern Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas. The rest of the path looks good!

For the exact time of the eclipse time at your location, please use the Interactive Eclipse Map from NASA. It will show you all the info you need.

My Adventure
I left State College, Pennsylvania, Friday to head south for the eclipse. It was smooth sailing until I hit Interstate 81 near Winchester, Virginia. There was a sign indicating that 50 miles took over 100 minutes, and, it wasn't lying. Traffic was stopped completely in several different locations. But, thanks to the modern marvels of technology, I mapped out a new course on GPS and cut over to US-340, via some back roads. It was a beautiful drive through the Virginia countryside.

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Yesterday I traveled to Clemson. Traffic was heavy, but moving for the most part. It seems the highway departments were expecting the heaviest traffic on Monday.

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Example of signs on Interstate 85 through North and South Carolina.

I am here in Clemson. Still not 100% decided on a specific spot. If you have any input. Take my twitter poll!

I plan on doing some basic photography and also recording a time lapse of the eclipse from my location. I will share them as soon as I have them ready. Thanks for reading! Just look up, you never know what you will see!

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