Warmer and drier weather will move into in time to bring us a delightful mid-August weekend! Rain chances will be lower and temperatures higher for the next several days.
Saturday and Sunday will feel more like August! Highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s for Denver and the plains, with low to mid 80s in the mountains under mostly sunny skies. The rain chances should stay pretty low through the weekend with just a few "hit or miss" afternoon storms.
Looking ahead to Monday, the long range forecast looks pretty good for viewing the Great American Solar Eclipse! In the Denver area, the eclipse begins at 10:23 AM with the greatest coverage of the Sun at 11:47 AM, with about 92% of the Sun being covered. The end of the eclipse will be at 1:14 PM as the disk of the moon slips away and the Sun shines fully.
The weather appears to be cooperative with no major fronts or surges of monsoon moisture expected in Colorado. Skies will be clear in the morning, but the typical late morning and early afternoon cumulus clouds will be developing. Since we are not in the path of totality, these clouds will only bring occasional blockages of the Sun during the entire event.
Remember - DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN without the proper eye protection. Be sure that the glasses meet the proper requirements and have labeling that states they are certified. Check that they have printed on the frame "meets the requirement for ISO 12312-2:2015".
Another important thing to remember is DO NOT USE DAMAGED GLASSES! If the lens gets a scratch, pinhole or separates from the frame, destroy the glasses and find another pair. Do not try to use the glasses with any other optical device, such as a camera, telescope or binoculars. Attempting to rig up the glasses to cover such devices could cause eye damage or wreck the camera. There are proper filters available for these purposes, but you better get on it, as the demand is high and time is short.
Here are a couple of good sources for information on the eclipse in particular and astronomy in general...
Many school districts have planned events to inform, excite and inspire their students about the eclipse and about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - here is a link to what the Cherry Creek District is doing.
There is no time during the eclipse in the Colorado area that it will be safe to look directly at the Sun without the proper protection. The only time the Sun can be looked at with the naked eye is during the short, but amazing, period that the Moon completely covers the Sun. Parts of Wyoming and Nebraska will be in the Path of Totality and the incredible sight will be about 2 and a half minutes.
Here is a good resource to find the locations in the path and the timing of the eclipse as it races across the United States at about 1,000 miles per hour.
If you want to travel to Wyoming or Nebraska, be advised that there will be an amazing amount of traffic heading north on I-25 early Monday. This is a rare event and tens of thousands are expected to clog the roadways. Police and State Troopers will be ready to ticket folks that want to just pull off the side of the highway to watch. The traffic will be a major concern, but also realize that small towns will be straining to provide food, water and gasoline - be sure you have enough supplies ahead of time.
The entire eclipse event is about 2 and a half hours in the late morning and early afternoon in August. The high plains are warm and dry, be careful to stay hydrated and wear plenty of sunscreen. Even if the Moon covers much of the Sun, you could still come back with a nasty sunburn.
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