August 21, 2017 Affecting More Than the Weather

The upcoming solar eclipse will affect more than the weather forecast... 

Even though Central Illinois is outside the 70-mile wide path of totality, roughly 90 to 96 percent of the sun's surface will be covered up by the moon passing between Earth and the sun. Dimmer sunlight during early afternoon will cool temperatures around five degrees. However, the eclipse will impact much more than the weather on the 21st. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Miller explains, "there are huge impacts on wildlife...birds particularly don't know how to handle that it's getting dark in the middle of the day and it kind of messes up their flying and orientation..." Miller goes on to say, "don't be surprised to see more birds squawking than usual."  

Keep in mind that during the deepest point of the eclipse, we won't be in total darkness, but the brightest stars will be visible, similar to at dawn or dusk.  

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