If you are going to be in the totality corridor this weekend, then it's time to be looking at the Monday forecasts along the eclipse path to inform your decision of where the best weather is close to where you are.
If these forecasts hold, the most interesting anomaly is the very clear forecast for Salem, Oregon, which is expected to receive a large volume of visitors through Interstate 5. The forecast for clear weather in Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee is also unexpectedly good for that part of the country. The Idaho and Wyoming forecasts are consistent with the clear skies that prevail in that part of the country this time of year. WPO still recommends Idaho and Wyoming as the safest bets weather-wise.
As of Friday, here are the National Weather Service projected sky conditions during the time of the eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. All of the towns listed below are on or near the centerline of totality.
|Salem, OR||Sunny||High 87|
|Rexburg, ID||Mostly Sunny||High 82|
|Casper, WY||Mostly Sunny||High 88|
|Alliance, NE||Mostly Sunny||High 88|
|Beatrice, NE||Partly Sunny||High 88||Chance a.m. t-storms|
|St. Joseph, MO||Mostly Sunny||High 94|
|Kansas City, MO||Mostly Sunny||High 89||30% chance of showers|
|St. Louis, MO||Mostly Sunny||High 94|
|Carbondale, IL||Partly Sunny||High 90||No wind|
|Hopkinsville, KY||Mostly Sunny||High 91|
|Nashville, TN||Mostly Sunny||High 94|
|Columbia, SC||Partly Sunny||High 88||30% chance p.m. t-storms|
|Charleston, SC||Partly Sunny||High 88||30% chance of rain|