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Cloud Cover Could Impact Solar Eclipse Visibility

Plus other ways to celebrate the eclipse

In just one week, a highly anticipated solar event will grace the skies. But the weather might not cooperate the way we hoped. 

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth reported the weather pattern currently favors clouds and rain on April 8, 2024. There's a low to medium chance some locations may be able to see the eclipse through a veil of high clouds or partial cloud clearing. 

According to NBC5, cloudy skies are quite common in early April across North Texas. On average, there's a 35.6% likelihood of encountering mostly cloudy or overcast conditions on April 8.

Don’t cancel your eclipse plans yet. As the week goes on the weather could make a turn for the better. 

The eclipse's path will unfold across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, commencing at approximately 1:39:56 p.m., gradually enveloping Fort Worth and Dallas around 1:40:12 p.m. and subsequently extending to Plano. By approximately 1:41:35 p.m., the spectacle will reach Frisco, followed closely by McKinney at 1:41:48 p.m. The duration of totality is expected to last up to an impressive 4 minutes and 27 seconds.

But, just in case the weather doesn’t hold, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the big event in North Texas the days prior:

Touchdown! Lunar Lander

Where: Harrington Library
When: Apr. 6, 2024 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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As the eclipse approaches, delve into the realms of gravity, motion and forces. Join in designing and constructing a lunar lander tasked with safely delivering two astronauts to the moon.

A Brief History of Eclipses

Where: South Garland Library, Garland
When: Apr. 6, 2024 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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Contemplate the historical viewpoints on eclipses with our enlightening reenactment presented by the South Garland Library puppeteers. Delve into how individuals across different epochs responded to eclipses and other celestial phenomena, gaining insight into the rich tapestry of human understanding of the cosmos.

Solar Eclipse Crafts

Where: The Colony Public Library, The Colony
When: Apr 6, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Prepare for the total solar eclipse by crafting your own pinhole viewer and engaging in other solar-themed crafts. Gain insights into eclipses and learn safe methods for viewing the sun ahead of the April 8 eclipse.

Cocktails with an Astronomer 

Where: Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West, 6007 Legacy Dr, Plano
When: April 7, 2024 | 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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Marriott is collaborating with 10 hotels in the DFW region to arrange a sequence of cocktail events featuring astronomers from the Carnegie Institute. The Plano hotel is set to host a delightful evening on Saturday, April 6, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, just ahead of the eclipse scheduled for the following day. During this event, the astronomer will deliver a presentation on the scientific aspects of the eclipse, offer guidance for observing the celestial spectacle safely and engage with the audience by addressing any questions they may have.

Republic Texas Tavern

Where: 12300 Inwood Rd Ste 170, Dallas
When: April 8, 2024 | 11 a.m.

The Republic Texas Tavern off of Inwood will be featuring 15% off all apps and craft cocktails all day on April 8 and giving away free eclipse viewing glasses while supplies last. 

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