Eclipse viewing looks iffy; strong storms return tonight

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Hope is not all lost, says FOX 5's Tucker Barnes, who says we're not looking at complete cloud-cover.

According to NASA he only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers. If the clouds break, we're expected to get about 80% of the eclipse, as totality will be much further south. Later Tuesday night into pre-dawn Wednesday most of the showers and storms will be located across southeastern OK moving away from northeastern OK.

"There's a warm front moving through the area and there could be some scattered showers and thunderstorms", he said.

The eclipse will start at 10:23 a.m. and reach its max at 11:47 Denver. So not ideal eclipse viewing conditions but a little better than some of our surrounding neighbors.

So, what does that leave us with for eclipse time?

The main areas of concern for cloudy skies is in the central United States and along the Southeast coast.

Friday: Partly Sunny with Shower or Storm in the Afternoon. Showers and storms will linger into the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning. The overnight low is expected to be near 57.

Rain chances return late Monday through the middle of next week. Recent computer models paint more and more cloud cover over our neck of the woods - especially by this afternoon.

Tomorrow continues the heat and humidity with highs close to 90 degrees again. "If they are high clouds and they are thin enough - I think most people will be OK".



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