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Solar Eclipse: Partly Cloudy Skies Could Obstruct Our View

Jim O'Neil

The National Weather Service is predicting cloud cover to be in the 70 to 75 percent range Monday, which could hinder the visibility of the solar eclipse.

Meteorologist David Cousins says that doesn't mean the Quad Cities will completely miss out on the experience.

"In general, once the moon starts moving across the sun, it will get darker, even if it it is cloudy. You just won't be able to see the moon moving across the sun," Cousins says.

Scattered showers are likely throughout the day, with a slight chance of severe weather this afternoon.

If conditions are clear enough,  Quad Citians can expect to watch the moon cover about 90 percent of the sun, according to astronomer Dale Hendricks. 

The moon will start covering the sun around 11:48 a.m., and reach maximum coverage for two minutes at 1:14 p.m. when it will cover 91 percent of the sun.

The moon will move past the sun by 2:38 p.m, according to NASA. Hendricks says it is imperative to use eye protection during those three hours when looking at the eclipse to avoid injuring your eyes — even if it is cloudy.

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