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Eclipse weather worries: Will it rain on KC’s big day?

Where and when to view the Aug. 21 eclipse

The eclipse’s 70-mile wide path of totality means there’s no need to wade into a crush of humanity to view historic celestial event.
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The eclipse’s 70-mile wide path of totality means there’s no need to wade into a crush of humanity to view historic celestial event.

Partial cloud cover and a 30 percent chance for rain are in the forecast for Monday in Kansas City, the day sky watchers are hoping to see a historic total eclipse of the sun.

“Right now, it’s still very uncertain,” National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Hawblitzel said of weather on eclipse day.

He forecast a chance of a strong storm Friday night, especially east of Kansas City. Saturday looked clear, he said, but with the return of light rain Sunday morning.

And Monday?

“What we’re looking at is the possibility of a complex of showers and storms over Iowa and maybe even northern Missouri and as far south as central Missouri,” he said. “If that is to occur, that could send quite a few clouds into a large part of the area.”

He said it was not yet certain which areas might be cloudy and which could be clear enough to see the total eclipse, which is set to occur a few minutes after 1 p.m.

NASA data visualizer Ernie Wright explains how he accounted for the jagged surface of the moon and the varying elevation in the U.S. to precisely map the path of totality for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Eric Adler: 816-234-4431, @eadler

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