These 4 Cities Are Likely to Have the Clearest Skies for the Solar Eclipse

We are now just one week away from the great North American solar eclipse. And while eclipse spotters are well prepared with flights booked, hotels and campsites sold out, and proper glasses in hand, there is one thing that’s totally out of their control: the weather. To help find the perfect location in both the center of the eclipse’s totality and in what will likely be a clear weather destination, University of Idaho scientist Luigi Boschetti worked with PhD student Andrea Melchiorre to create a map outlining the places with the highest probability of clear skies in the continental United States based on data from the last 16 years of daily satellite observations.

“There have been many maps created to document the path of the eclipse through the United States and the world,” Boschetti said in a statement. “However, this map is unique because we have added information on the probability of clear skies – meaning how well you will actually be able to see the eclipse from where you are located in the U.S.” According to the University of Idaho, the data shows that there’s a high probability of favorable viewing conditions in the western U.S. However, the view of the eclipse will decline as it heads east.

As NASA further explained, Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming have the best chances of seeing clear skies next Monday, as the Eastern portion of the country will likely see cloudier conditions thanks in part to the weather system known as the Bermuda High, which stirs up warmer, humid air over the south east. So where should you position yourself to have the greatest odds of seeing the eclipse? According to the map, Salem, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; and Lincoln, Nebraska are the best big cities for viewing the celestial event.