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Weather forecast expected for April 8 event

staticwire | April 2, 2024
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In just a few short days, on April 8, 2024, a celestial event that has been long-awaited by eclipse fans and chasers is set to occur – a solar eclipse. This eclipse is expected to streak across the skies of the United States and many enthusiasts are preparing to witness this rare event.

While the path of totality, where a full solar eclipse will occur, stretches from Texas to Maine, Michigan is not directly in this path. However, a good portion of the state will still experience a partial eclipse, with about 99% of the sun being blocked in Southeast Michigan.

Unfortunately, even if individuals find themselves in the perfect spot at the right time, clear skies are crucial to witness the phenomenon of a solar eclipse. Cloudy skies could obstruct the view and make the experience fruitless.

On April 8, the weather forecast for Michigan predicts mostly cloudy conditions with a high near 58 degrees. The National Weather Service and weather models used by FOX 2 have a vague idea of the visibility that can be expected on that day, as predicting cloud cover is notoriously difficult due to changing conditions.

Historical data shows that over the past 10 years, cloud cover has been the dominant trend in metro Detroit on April 8. Additionally, a combination of sun and clouds is predicted from Friday through the weekend leading up to the eclipse.

For those located in the southeast corner of Michigan near the border with Ohio and Lake Erie, a total solar eclipse will be visible. The communities of Luna Pier, Ottawa, and Vienna will experience the full eclipse at 3:13 p.m. on April 8, lasting for 26 seconds.

With the anticipation building for this rare celestial event, many are eagerly awaiting the clear skies needed to witness the magic of a solar eclipse. Whether observing the partial eclipse from other parts of Michigan or traveling to the path of totality, enthusiasts are hopeful for optimal viewing conditions to enjoy this natural phenomenon to the fullest.

Written by staticwire

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