Annular Eclipse of 1994

May 10, 1994 Annular Eclipse Similar to August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse...  

While a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse is rare, Central Illinois experienced an annular eclipse on May 10, 1994. The maximum eclipse occurred just before noon. Temperatures fell four degrees within one hour. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Miller says that the eclipse on the 21st will impact the weather similar to the eclipse of 1994: "The annular eclipse that occurred in 1994 versus the one we're expecting now...they're close...this one more of the sun will be covered up, so we're expecting that any type of temperature impact might be a little bit greater." 

While creating a forecast for Monday, August 21, 2017, meteorologists will have to take the eclipse into account, as temperatures will drastically cool during the middle of the day. Once the solar eclipse completely wraps up around 2:45 pm CDT, solar insolation will increase and temperatures will warm again. 

 


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