The solar eclipse brings 2 weather conditions that you may not have realized

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As the solar eclipse moves across the sky, the weather could change at your location. This is something you may not have thought about.

The first basic weather situation is that the sun will be blocked. The sun will be almost completely blocked. Remember how cold it can get very quickly when an April day goes from sunny to cloudy? This will essentially be the case during the eclipse as well. It won’t be cloudy, but the sun won’t turn off the heating much either.

So you’ll probably want to bring a jacket on the northern half of the solar eclipse path. Just south of Michigan in the eclipse path, temperatures in the 70s will cool to the low 60s during the eclipse. After the sun comes out again, temperatures will once again reach the 70s.

This temperature forecast animation shows the cooling during the 3 pm hour Normally, temperatures would continue to rise until 3 pm and peak around 4 pm Notice how the colors go from orange to yellow to orange during the three hours around the time of the eclipse.

Temperature forecast at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. today, April 8, 2024

It may be a little cold during eclipse time.

What do the strong April sun and the bare agricultural fields produce? Differential heating that becomes wind. As the sun sets during the eclipse, the wind should also decrease. It will no longer be a very windy day, but the wind should decrease to 5 mph.

The wind forecast below also shows a decrease in wind between 2 pm and 3 pm and then an increase in wind as the sun warms the ground at 4 pm

Wind forecast at 2, 3, 4, and 5 p.m. today, April 8, 2024

Winds could be almost calm during the eclipse in the eclipse areas of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Grab a jacket and prepare for a calm weather situation during the eclipse.

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