SoCal, a Good Place to Watch Monday’s Solar
Most of Southern California will provide a good view of Monday’s solar eclipse, but not at the beach.
The National Weather Service is forecasting overcast skies up and down the coast, from Malibu to San Diego Monday morning, when for the 1st time in 38 years a total Eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the continental United States.
“If you are within about five miles from the beach, your chance is that it’s going to be cloudy,” said Dan Gregoria, a San Diego-based meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “Your chance of viewing the eclipse rises rapidly moving inland, especially if you are beyond 10 miles from the coast.”
Mr. Gregoria said it’s likely much of the coastline will be completely clouded over, at least until around 11:00a just as the eclipse will be winding down.
“Air over the ocean is much more humid,” James Brotherton, another weather service meteorologist, said explaining the clouds that will block the show in the sky. “So when it interacts with the land, it causes the clouds to form. It’s a pretty typical coastal weather.”
For those traveling to watch the total eclipse every cloud matters. The total eclipse reveals the solar corona, which cannot be seen if it is blocked by clouds.
By around 10:20a, the coastal and valley areas will have temperatures in the 70’s. The inland areas, including Riverside and San Bernardino areas will be in the mid to upper 70’s, with the desert areas offering temperatures in the 80’s and the 90’s.
You can see the detailed forecast of the region’s weather at the National Weather Services’ website.
Have a terrific weekend.
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