2024 is right around the corner

and that means another total eclipse in North America.

For the last one, in 2017, I overlaid the path of totality on data showing the average cloud cover at the time of year of the eclipse. Here’s the same thing for the eclipse that’s coming on 8 April 2024:

And here’s a graph of the cloud cover along the part of the path that lies within the US:

I used the same data sets and followed the same procedures as last time. (The only reason the styles of the pictures are different is that I switched programming languages in the intervening years.) The graph shows the states that the path of totality goes through, although as in 2017 I left off a couple of states (and provinces) that the path just barely touches.

Last time, the cloud data varied dramatically, which is why I went to Oregon to see the eclipse. This time, there’s much less variation, at least within the US. Mexico looks quite a bit better.

I haven’t figured out what I want to do yet. Last time, my brother was supposed to join me, but he couldn’t make it. I’ll see if I can get him this time.

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Ted Bunn

I am chair of the physics department at the University of Richmond. In addition to teaching a variety of undergraduate physics courses, I work on a variety of research projects in cosmology, the study of the origin, structure, and evolution of the Universe. University of Richmond undergraduates are involved in all aspects of this research. If you want to know more about my research, ask me!