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Tips to Prepare for the Total Solar Eclipse

Current forecast for viewing conditions are poor for North Texas

The big event, Monday, August 21, is the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years.

In North Texas we will see a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

This can last for more than an hour. Forecast viewing conditions are poor. This could change, but this summer we have seen several disturbances providing North Texas with cloud cover.

If this trend continues, it could be partly to mostly cloudy come Aug. 21.


If you are traveling west, weather conditions may in your favor. Good viewing conditions are predicted.

In order to view the eclipse you will need to wear glasses with special-purpose solar filters.

Looking directly at the sun can cause temporary or permanent damage to the retinas. When buying special glasses, look for an ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified pair of these special glasses. These special glasses block about 99.99 percent of light rays compared to regular sunglasses that only block about 60 percent of light rays.

The special glasses can be purchased at (some) Kroger stores, Lowe's Home Improvement, ACE Hardware or Walmart, to name a few. You can also look online. Places like Amazon have them.

Meteorologist Rick Mitchell recently purchased his.

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