How Weather May Affect Your 2024 Eclipse Visibility

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eclipse covered by clouds

It’s not too early to start preparations for the next major solar eclipse in 2024. Although there will be other eclipses before then, 2024 represents the next best opportunity for a wide swath of the United States and Mexico (along with a smaller part of Canada) to view this astronomical phenomenon.

Something as fascinating as viewing an eclipse shouldn’t be left to chance. Choosing your location is the most important decision you can make in this process. Additionally, veteran eclipse chasers always have an escape route planned so they can move to an alternate location if weather isn’t advantageous to eclipse viewing.

Although there’s never any guarantee that the location you choose for viewing will be free from clouds, there are experts who are able to extrapolate historical data to show which locations are historically better choices for eclipse viewing. As you start your early eclipse preparations, we recommend using the following resource to guide your planning.

  • Eclipsophile: Meteorologists Jay Andersen and Jennifer West provide historical climatological data to guide travelers as they attempt to choose the best eclipse viewing area. Their map for the next major solar eclipse in 2024 shows much of Mexico and the central United States as prime viewing spots for advantageous eclipse weather.

As you compile your eclipse plan, don’t forget to purchase your high-quality eclipse glasses, viewers, and solar filters from Rainbow Symphony. We’re passionate about providing you safe and effective products. In fact, our eclipse glasses are made in the US. They’re trusted by NASA and AAS because they are certified to meet standards for ISO 12312-2:2015. These eclipse glasses are also "CE" Certified, meeting requirements for transmission for scale 12-16 of EN 169/1992 for safety in directly viewing solar phenomena. Rainbow Symphony’s eclipse sunglasses meet the 2012 Transmission Requirements of EN 1836:2005 and AS/NZS 1338.1:1992 for eclipse filters (Queensland Directive). Best yet, our specialty lenses feature scratch-resistant materials with grade-five optical density--this guarantees eye protection from harmful solar radiation. “Black Polymer” blocks out 100% of ultraviolet light, infrared light, and 99.999% of intense visible light, and the lens filters produce orange-tinted imagery of the sun, with remarkably sharp detail.

To learn more, contact us today and get more information.