Time is ticking! As I write this, we’re just 26+ hours away from the eclipse beginning in Nashville. I’m thrilled to type that my forecast for the eclipse hasn’t changed much at all over the last two weeks since I started talking about it. Here are my latest thoughts:
There WILL be some clouds in the sky. It’ll be an afternoon in August. A few clouds are almost unavoidable this time of year. They will be slow-movers, too. SO, let’s hope luck is on your side during the most critical time window.
A lot of people have asked me where they should go to view the eclipse. It depends on what’s important to you. If you care most about having the greatest experience (and can deal with tremendous traffic), then drive to an area where the viewing window of the total solar eclipse will be the longest. That’s shown along or very close to the black line that runs down the middle the the gray band. See the map below. The gray band indicates where totality will be. Examples of outstanding places to watch will be Hopkinsville, White House, Gallatin, Hartsville, Lebanon, Gordonsville, Smithville, Cookeville, and Sparta. Get ready to deal with traffic if you go to one of these hot spots! ALSO…go early. The earlier, the better….so you’re not stuck on the road enroute when it occurs.
Notice Murfreesboro’s on the edge of totality…with the southwest side of that city being left out. Franklin’s not in it, but Brentwood is.
What will you see as the eclipse gets underway? The table below lays it out beautifully.
The image above is from the link: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how
If you miss this one, there will be another good pass over Middle Tennessee in the year 2024. While it won’t be total, it’ll be close. For that one, Nashville’s coverage will be 94%. SO…most of the sun will be covered up again!
Be sure to join us on News 4 tomorrow, as we provide nonstop coverage of the #GreatAmericanEclipse from noon until 4pm. Then, we’ll recap what we just experienced, plus have all the rest of the day’s news and weather on News 4 at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm.
Enjoy the eclipse and most importantly, make sure you do it safely!