KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There will be a total eclipse of the sun for spectacular viewing across the United States. Astronomers around the world have determined exactly when the eclipse will happen in your location down to the second.
Is there a way to know what the weather will most likely be along the eclipse path 55 days before this spectacular event? Yes and Meteorologists Gary Lezak and Jeff Penner have figured out what Kansas City can expect.
Our Weather Forecasts are most likely going to be accurate from 1 day up to 300 days into the future. Gary presented the Cycling Pattern Hypothesis at the recent American Meteorological Society’s Broadcast conference in Kansas City last week. We have been developing this breakthrough technology for 30 years now.
The weather pattern is cycling regularly. The pattern that just cycled through around June 23rd and24th will be returning on the day of the eclipse as we are in a roughly 58 to 59-day cycle. This is pretty good news as most of the eclipse path is likely going to have some good conditions with just a few clouds that may cause a problem. There is one area from Nebraska to Tennessee that has the best chance of cloud cover as you can see on our forecast map.
The eclipse path stretches from near Portland, Oregon arching east and southeast across the northern Rocky Mountains of Wyoming. The path then crosses near Kansas City to Nashville, Tenn., then southeast across South Carolina. You do not need to be in the center of the path. There is about a 75-mile wide area where the viewing will be similar. It will just last longer near the center of this path.
Watch the video for the weather forecast and eclipse details and you can learn more about by reading the 41 Action News Weather Blog featuring Weather2020 and the cycling weather pattern.
If there are clouds, then monitor that days weather closely and you can always take a ride to the most likely areas that will have better viewing. Most of the path is going to have great weather conditions, however, according to our 55-day forecast. We will continue monitoring the weather pattern closely. This forecast will be updated, as we get closer. We are just a few weeks away from experiencing a rare spectacular astronomical event. Hopefully the weather will cooperate in most locations.