Updated 9 a.m. EDT on August 18, 2017
We have been talking about the big Solar Eclipse for months. The Aug. 21 event is now just one week away and we can finally start forecasting the weather for the big day.
In an ideal world, a clear blue sky would be fantastic for viewing the eclipse. Unfortunately, it is August which means we will more than likely have to deal with cloud cover.
Models are showing a partly to mostly cloudy sky on Monday, August 21, 2017 in the afternoon hours. The typical summertime pattern remains in place for the next seven days. Storms will be possible during the afternoon hours. It is difficult to pinpoint when and where a storm could form. Some will be lucky, while others could miss out on the event.
The eclipse will be partial for ALL OF CENTRAL GEORGIA. It means you MUST wear special solar eclipse glasses at all times during the eclipse. It will begin around 1:08 p.m. EDT, peak at 2:39 p.m. EDT, and end at 4:04 p.m. EDT.
We will update the visibility forecast all week long. The latest models (as of now) are hinting at poor to fair visibility for August 21st for most of Central Georgia. A warm front is expected to push to the north and bring in moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. We'll likely see a mix of sun and clouds with showers and storms possible in the afternoon and evening hours. Not ideal, but not expecting an overcast sky.