August 20: Eclipse Tomorrow!

As you may have heard, a total solar eclipse will travel coast-to-coast across the United States tomorrow.

I know, you’re surprised — hardly any media attention has been paid to it, so it’s sneaking up on a lot of people.

Okay fine, enough with the sarcasm.

The hot weather will continue into the first couple of days of the work week, so be prepared to perspire when you head out to observe the total eclipse tomorrow.  Temperatures tonight will slowly drop to the low 70s by early Monday morning:

Expect partly cloudy skies during the eclipse itself — not perfectly clear, but still the best that we could have reasonably hoped for!  I snapped this picture around 1:30pm today, and I think we’ll see very similar sky conditions at the same time on Monday:

We’ll warm up to around 90° by noon, as the eclipse begins.  The moon’s shadow will cause temperatures to drop several degrees during totality, then we’ll warm back up to the mid 90s for late-afternoon high temperatures:

Other than the temperature drop during totality, there are a couple of other things to notice, other than the fact that the moon is covering the face of the Sun:

One last reminder…you HAVE TO wear ISO-certified eclipse glasses during the partial eclipse.  ONLY take those glasses off during the brief couple of minutes of totality.

Hot and humid again on Tuesday, but a good chance of showers and storms will move in Tuesday evening and overnight, and those could linger into early Wednesday as well.  The RPM model shows the first batch of storms moving in Tuesday evening:

That’s one version of one model, so stay tuned for updates on the timing and strength of those storms.  The Storm Prediction Center has outlined a “Marginal Risk” (level 1 of 5) for severe storms across most of Middle Tennessee late Tuesday, with our counties in southern Kentucky one level higher, at a “Slight Risk”:

Damaging winds will be the main concern — if the storms hold off until after sunset, our severe weather chances will diminish significantly.

The end of the work week is looking spectacular — highs in the mid 80s, with MUCH lower humidity, and the forecast is dry through at least Saturday…I wouldn’t worry about Sunday’s 20% chance at this point:

 

Enjoy the eclipse!  I’ll be live from southern Kentucky with Tracy Kornet during our coverage tomorrow afternoon…in the meantime, I’ll be on at 10pm this evening with an updated look at tomorrow’s forecast!

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