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Fairbanks Museum's Eclipse Advice to the WSJ: Expect Clouds

A half century's data suggests that April 8 could see 75-80% historic cloud cover.


Millions of Americans will be traveling to some place on the viewing path of the solar eclipse this April, given an opportunity like this won't return until 2044.


Cities and towns around Vermont who are fortunate enough to be located within the path are busy making plans for the event.




Last week, the Wall Street Journal published a planning guide for the eclipse, and wisely contacted Mark Breen, senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium.


Here is what the Journal reported.




Even after all that planning, it’s unlikely everyone will score clear skies. Mark Breen, senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, Vt., will be live-presenting the event from his workplace. Ominously, Breen said, a half-century’s data suggests that April 8 could see 75-80% historic cloud cover in that location. “Starting in Mexico there’s around 20% cloud cover, and it basically increases as you go northeast.” 


Our suggestion: enjoy the day and the darkness, knowing you may or may not need those special glasses for viewing.



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