Lots of Sunshine Sunday Until Moon Blocks It
Severe weather along a cold front will continue well to our north in the Central plains:
Tonight we’ll have some clouds moving in form the west with a steady south wind. Storms north of the Red River try to cross into Texas and might get into Montague and Cooke counties. A nice evening again to be out at Taste Addison!
Tomorrow we’ll have a northeast wind and some morning clouds that will ebb away during the late morning. Mostly sunny skies by afternoon with the return of a south wind but it won’t be as gusty tomorrow. Highs will reach into the upper 80′s. More on the partial solar eclipse in store for us at the end of the day in a moment.
Rain chances show up on Monday. A slow moving cold front will finally make its way here and by Monday afternoon a 20% storm chance shows up. We’ll have gone eight days since the last measured rainfall at the DFW airport, we could use the rain! Unfortunately Monday only gives us a slight rain chance and the rest of the work week looks dry.
We’ll continue to have slightly-above normal highs next week with the afternoon temperature getting to around 90 degrees almost every day. It looks like dry weather again for next weekend.
Hoping that this doesn’t bode ill for the upcoming hurricane season (that doesn’t officially start until June 1st) here is the first named storm of the season, Alberto, off the coast of North Carolina. It won’t become a hurricane fortunately as it heads north into cooler water:
Near the end of the day tomorrow (sunset 8:25) the moon will pass in front of the sun and provide a partial eclipse here in north Texas (about 67% at maximum that happens just before the sun falls below horizon). Never look directly at the sun, even when a large portion of it is blocked by the moon. You can make a pinhole projector with a large box and a few supplies to few this rare event if you can’t get your hands on some #14 (or stronger) welder glasses.
This is an annular eclipse, not a total one. The moon is actually further from the earth than typical so it can’t block out the sun completely. This is what that looks like:
The path actually starts in China and extends across the Pacific into the United States. Here is the path in the U.S.:
Notice how it ends right around Lubbock before Abilene. We here in north Texas only see a partial eclipse, something more like what is in the bottom row in the image below (that is an Annular eclipse in the top row):