Weather Pattern For April 8 Total Solar Eclipse Coming Into Clear View

WOAY-TV (Oak Hill, WV): The million-dollar question is if clouds and rain/thunderstorms will obstruct the view along and near the path of the April Total Solar Eclipse.

Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill’s preliminary analysis in mid-March still looks on track. Click here for the preview.

The upcoming strong Greenland Block pattern next week that will deliver cold, breezy and likely cloudy weather with rain and snow showers to southern West Virgnia will exit by the end of next week. A Pacific Ridge pattern (circled below) will then quickly emerge in time for the April 8 total solar eclipse.

Regimes or weather patterns that are evident across North America during the year.

This pattern supports clouds, rain and mountain snow in the West and warmer than average temperatures from the Plains to the East Coast. The battleground between the western trough and eastern ridge is expected to produce clouds, rain and thunderstorms in the lower Mississippi Valley and eastern Texas (see map below).

Likely part of the Path of totality for the Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024 that will be cloudy with rain/storms.

While clouds and rain will likely keep this once-in-a-lifetime event from being a true spectacle to see with the appropriate eyewear, remember totality will still occur and it will get pitch black outside! Those who already have plans to watch the eclipse in Texas to the Mid-Mississippi Valley will need to have a severe weather action plan in place. When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors (or in your car). Know where you can seek shelter should you get notified of a Severe Thunderstorm Warning or Tornado Warning.

The map below shows where Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill believes will be the best eclipse viewing weather.

Likely path of Totality for the April 8 eclipse that will see sunshine or sun filtered through high, thin cirrus clouds.

High, thin cirrus clouds that filter the sun’s rays will likely be present as far north as Pennsylvania. The eclipse should be viewable with appropriate eyewear through these clouds. Below is an example of how cirrus clouds appear in the sky.

High, thin cirrus clouds.

There is a strong consensus for temperatures to be warmer than average east of the Rockies as this Pacific Ridge pattern will be governing the overall pattern.

Expected above, below and near normal temperatures (blue is colder than average, white is near average and red is warmer than average) for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.

If you want to plan ahead to the next Total Solar Eclipse in the U.S., mark April 12, 2045 on your calendar. The path of total darkness is seen on the image below. This will be the fourth longest eclipse of the 21st century. The following major cities will be in the path of totality: Reno, Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Nassau (Bahamas). This eclipse will occur between 9:30 a.m. PDT and 1:30 p.m. EDT.

August 12, 2045 Total Solar Eclipse path.

For a complete catalogue of solar eclipses through the year 2100, click here.

The StormWatch 4 Weather Team will continue to keep you abreast of the forecast for southern West Virginia on Eclipse Day (April 8).

Sponsored Content