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Recent forecast projections for Louisiana indicate cloudy conditions could be in store for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse.

Solar eclipse cloud forecast: What to expect in Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE — If it’s cloudy in the Baton Rouge area during Monday’s total solar eclipse, will you still be able to see it?

The answer is a bit complicated. The short answer? Maybe!

Current solar eclipse forecast models

Recent forecast projections by the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center indicate that cloudy conditions could be expected for the rare celestial event.

Currently, weather models suggest that clouds could move in on Monday after a mostly sunny and pleasant weekend. In fact, clouds are forecasted over much of the southern United States, including southern Louisiana. Some weather models even indicate the possibility of spotty showers in south Louisiana on Monday afternoon.

However, the forecast continues to evolve as we approach the solar eclipse.

If it’s cloudy, will you see the solar eclipse?

If rain holds off and only clouds blanket the skies of Louisiana, visibility for the eclipse could depend on the type of clouds present.

According to weather experts, thin clouds would provide a filtered view of the solar eclipse. However, if the clouds are low and thick, they may obstruct the eclipse, although the skies would still darken for the duration of the event, essentially dimming or darkening slightly.

The eclipse itself has the potential to influence cloud formations. Scientists at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute discovered that shallow cumulus clouds tend to dissipate when a portion of the sun is obscured. The eclipse cools the Earth’s surface by blocking sunlight, which reduces the updrafts of warm air typically responsible for forming cumulus clouds. These updrafts carry water vapor as they ascend into cooler altitudes.

Nevertheless, experts caution that even if it’s cloudy on Monday, solar eclipse glasses will still be necessary. Despite the eclipse being dimmed by clouds, it can still pose a risk to your eyes.

What time is the solar eclipse?

During Monday’s eclipse, Baton Rouge is expected to experience approximately 87% totality. The experience varies across the Baton Rouge area, with Lower Livingston and the River Parishes anticipating around 85% totality, while parts of the Felicianas and Pointe Coupee are forecasted to witness nearly 90% totality.

  • Start time: 12:28 p.m.
  • Time of max eclipse (Baton Rouge area): 1:48 p.m.
  • End time: 3:08 p.m.

Where to watch the solar eclipse in Baton Rouge

There will several places to watch the solar eclipse as it changes the sky above Baton Rouge Monday.

  • Louisiana Art & Science Museum Planetarium @ Yazoo Plaza (sidewalk area next to museum downtown)
  • 12-3 p.m.
  • $2 solar eclipse glasses (while supplies last), solar eclipse-filtered telescope, solar eclipse-filtered binoculars
  • More info online
  • LSU Parade Grounds hosted by the College of Science and Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • LSU-themed solar eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last)
  • Specially filtered telescopes
  • Highland Road Park Observatory (13800 Highland Rd.)
  • 12:39-3:09 p.m.
  • $2 solar eclipse glasses (while supplies last)
  • Telescopes with solar filters
  • Live NASA feeds of the eclipse across the U.S.

Where is the “path of totality?”

The path of totality, where the sun will be completely obscured, begins in the U.S. in Texas and extends northeastward through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Unlike previous years, the solar eclipse of 2024 will be visible across all 48 contiguous states.

The subsequent total solar eclipse is slated for 2026, but it will only be observable from the northern regions of Greenland, Iceland, and Spain. Alaska will witness the path of totality for the total solar eclipse of 2033. In 2044, Montana and North Dakota will join western Canada in experiencing a total solar eclipse.

On August 23, 2045, a total solar eclipse will span the U.S. from northern California to Florida. This will be Louisiana’s next chance for the rare celestial event!

Solar eclipse safety tips

Use Proper Eye Protection: Never look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse without certified solar viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers. Regular sunglasses are insufficient to protect your eyes from the intense solar radiation. Ensure that the eyewear meets the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard to prevent serious eye injury.

Beware of Counterfeit Glasses: Only purchase solar viewing glasses from reputable vendors or sources endorsed by recognized authorities, such as science museums, planetariums, or astronomical organizations. Counterfeit glasses may not provide adequate protection, posing a significant risk to your vision. Verify that the glasses have the ISO certification label and follow usage instructions diligently.

Use Pinhole Projectors: If you don’t have access to certified solar viewing glasses, consider creating a pinhole projector to indirectly observe the eclipse. This simple device projects an image of the sun onto a surface, such as a piece of paper or cardboard, through a small pinhole, allowing you to view the eclipse safely.

Protect Cameras and Equipment: When photographing the eclipse, utilize solar filters specifically designed for cameras and telescopes to prevent damage to the equipment and ensure clear, crisp images. Never use improvised filters or attempt to photograph the sun directly without proper protection, as this can lead to irreparable harm to your camera and eyes.

Monitor Children and Pets: Keep a close watch on children and pets during the eclipse to prevent them from accidentally looking at the sun or engaging in risky behavior. Educate them about the importance of eye safety and provide them with suitable eye protection if they wish to observe the eclipse.

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