Don’t let clouds ruin your solar eclipse view — Use these two maps to find clear skies near you

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Don’t let clouds ruin your solar eclipse view — Use these two maps to find clear skies near you

Millions of Americans are counting down the days until August’s rare total solar eclipse, the first to cross the nation coast to coast in nearly 100 years.

While there are a variety of excellent viewpoints for you to catch the celestial event in all its glory, it all comes down to where you’ll find the clearest skies on Monday, Aug. 21, according to GreatAmericanEclipse.com.

Thankfully, researchers at the University of Idaho created a weather map based on historical data showing where you’re most likely to experience completely clear skies.

The Clear Sky Probability Map, developed by University of Idaho researchers. College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho

The team at the university’s College of Natural Resources collected 16 years worth of daily satellite observations from the NASA Terra Satellite’s MODIS sensor and used multiple NASA datasets to develop the “Clear Sky Probability Map.”

“There have been many maps created to document the path of the eclipse through the United States and the world,” associate professor Luigi Boschetti said on the university website. “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.”

Based on historical data, the western United States (mostly colored in blue hues) has the highest chance of experiencing clear skies.

However, as the eclipse travels east, viewing conditions will get worse.

Here’s a closer look at the researchers’ prediction for Georgia, where completely clear skies are not as typical as the western United States:

Screenshot of Georgia weather clear skies prediction from the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources. College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho

Another map, developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, further shows predicted cloudiness on the day of the eclipse based on historical data, the Washington Post reported.

NOAA researchers relied on 10 years of data collected from ground observations instead of satellite data to create the Average Historical Cloudiness map for Aug. 21.

The darker the dot, the greater the chance for cloudiness at the hour of peak viewing during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Dots represent automated weather stations that reported the cloudiness data and show the 10-year cloudiness average for August 21, 2001–2010. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Map developed by CICS-NC in cooperation with NOAA NCEI, Deborah Riddle.

While the University of Idaho’s map shows the likeliness of having totally clear skies on Aug. 21, NOAA’s map indicates the average percentage of cloudiness in each area.

NOAA researchers found coastal regions and areas east of the Mississippi River may be more susceptible to cloudier conditions on Aug. 21 compared to other areas.

They identified Rexburg, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; Lincoln, Nebraska and Carbondale, Illinois as areas that historically experience clear skies during that time.

How “viewable” are popular cities in Georgia?

Screenshot of Atlanta cloudiness prediction from Interactive Eclipse Map developed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Rome at 2:34 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 73 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Clear or few

Cartersville at 2:35 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 72.5 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Clear or few

Atlanta at 2:36 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 67.5 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Clear or few

Atlanta (near DeKalb Peachtree Airport, Brookhaven) at 2:36 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 68.1 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Clear or few

Atlanta (near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport) at 2:36 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 42.7 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Scattered or broken

Atlanta (Discovery Boulevard near Mableton) at 2:36 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 66.1 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Few

Peachtree City at 2:36 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 67.5 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Clear

Columbus at 2:37 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 63 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Broken or overcast

Gainesville at 2:37 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 65.9 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Clear, few or broken

Athens at 2:38 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 70.7 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Clear or few

Macon at 2:39 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 68.5 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Clear, few or broken

Warner Robins at 2:40 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 54.1 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Scattered or broken

Albany at 2:40 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 60.5 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Scattered or broken

Augusta (near Daniel Field Airport) at 2:41 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 71.2 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Clear or few

Augusta (near Augusta regional airport) at 2:42 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 74.9 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Clear or few

Valdosta at 2:43 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 42.7 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Broken

Savannah at 2:45 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 52.6 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Broken, scattered or few

Savannah (near Hunter Army Airfield) at 2:46 p.m.

Viewable percentage: 41.5 percent

Typical cloud conditions: Broken

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