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Will Salem Be Cloudy On Eclipse Day? Here's What History Says


A solar eclipse in Hyogo, Japan, May 21, 2012.

A solar eclipse in Hyogo, Japan, May 21, 2012.

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Here’s the good news: For each of the last seven years, a person in Salem would have had a great view of the upcoming total solar eclipse.

Satellite data show that Aug. 21 has been clear and sunny around 10 a.m. each morning going back to 2010.

That’s a positive sign for the hundreds of thousands of people expected to arrive in Oregon specifically for the two minutes — starting at 10:17 a.m. — when the moon blocks the sun and darkness covers a 73-mile-wide path that will stretch across the country.

Unfortunately, said meteorologist Colby Neuman, the past few years are a poor predictor of this coming Aug. 21.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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