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Morning Forecast/Discussion, Eclipse Day 2024: High Clouds Joining the Party, But Will They Spoil It?

Good Morning, Cardinal Country! We woke up to some impressive sky conditions for Eclipse Day!! We are also watching what looks to be a band of high clouds on satellite, but it appears that band might be thin enough that we could only see minimal impact from them for eclipse viewing if they stay like they are right now. Currently, we are warming up famously with upper-60s expected areawide by lunchtime based on current rates and expected cloud conditions. Around and after 12 pm, we’re watching an area of faster upper-level winds and how they carry the high clouds that are currently very far to our southwest. Based on current projections from ensemble model data (models that run the scenario hundreds of times, tweaking several variables to come up with an average conclusion), increase the high clouds for the time of eclipse but lessen the thickness to below 5%. This is a very good sign since earlier data came in thicker. We’ll continue to watch satellite data, upper-air data as well as model trends & continue to keep you updated throughout the day, but for now, 30-40% cloud cover seems to be the going forecast with most of it being high clouds that could be thin enough to only present minimal impacts to solar eclips viewing, but don’t look at the Sun/eclipse without ISO-certified eclipse glasses!! On the Ball State Campus, these are available at the Planetarium adjacent to the Cooper Science building & at all University Dining locations – check and see if there are some available as quick as possible as they may be going fast, but go carefully and don’t run & go crazy!!

-Cardinal Weather Service Forecaster Ryan Hill_

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