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What To Do If It's Cloudy During The Solar Eclipse


August 14, 2017

It’s still a week to go before the solar eclipse, with some initial forecasts calling for a 50 percent chance of rain on Aug. 21.

As we know living in the mountains, the weather can change quickly and often is difficult to predict.

So what happens if it’s cloudy next Monday?

According to Eclipse, if the sky is completely overcast, it will get very dark – pitch black, in fact, to the point where it will be tricky to walk around.

If there are broken or scattered clouds, then you will have to hope that the sun is not behind one of them at the time of totality. If you can re-position yourself to a spot where the sun will be in the clear during totality, then you will be able to see the Diamond Ring, the corona and all the cool effects that present during totality.

If the sun is behind a cloud during totality, you will still experience the temperature drop, and the sunset glow on the horizon – but this is not how you want to see a total eclipse.

What veteran eclipse chasers do is to plan for a viewing location that historically has given signs of having as few clouds as possible on eclipse day. But we’re still subject to the whims of weather, and so mobility on eclipse day is very important.

It’s not unusual for die-hard eclipse chasers to keep airplanes on standby, in case they have to make a last-minute run for it to escape clouds. With mobility as easy as it is in the U.S., though, we should be able to look at forecasts a day or two before, and move accordingly to try and get into a path location that promises to be cloud-free.

Remember that most eclipse chasers think nothing of going into the remotest parts of the world – a little diversion such as having to relocate to Wyoming from North Carolina is nothing compared to the wonder of seeing a total eclipse. Again, after you see it, you will understand why.

Fun Things To Do

So, what to do if it is cloudy or it rains?

How about throwing an eclipse viewing party, with videos. For one, a video at https://www. explains solar and lunar eclipses.

There are also movies that have solar eclipse scenes, such as “Apocalypto” (2006); “Barabbas (1961); “Bloody Birthday (1981); A Connecticut Yankee in Kin Arthur’s Court” (1949); “Dolores Claiborne” (1995); “Ladyhawke” (1985); “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986); “The Seventh Sign” (1988); and “The Watcher in the Woods” (1980).

NASA will also be airing a four-and-a-half hour live webcast of the total solar eclipse beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 21.

To view it, go to or

Another option would be to join online discussions about the event, such as at

If you feel like using your hands, how about making eclipse crafts or an eclipse shirt (though it will be hard to beat The Transylvania Times’ solar eclipse shirts!).

What about compiling eclipse word searches or playing eclipse bingo?

How about making your own solar eclipse viewer (see the story in this edition that explains how to do it) or recreate the eclipse with a flashlight?

Balloons will also make great planets.

And no party is complete without having something to eat and drink.

The perfect out-of-this-world menu could include MoonPies, Milky Way bars, Saturn rings (gummy bears) orbit gum, rocket hot dogs, flying saucers, Goldfish space adventures, solar system lollipops, rocket fuel drinks and freeze-dried ice cream.

For grownups, blue galaxy cocktails would be popular.

A musical playlist for the party could include “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers; “Blinded by the Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band; “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden; “Eclipse” by Pink Floyd; and, of course, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler.


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