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Last Map Update: Sat, Aug. 19, 2017 at 6:17:16 am CDT

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It will be hot today, with heat index values rising to around 99 to 108 degrees. There will also be a slight chance for thunderstorms this afternoon, mainly north of I-20. Thunderstorms today will be capable of producing damaging downburst wind gusts in addition to brief heavy rainfall and cloud to ground lightning.
Afternoon and evening thunderstorms will come to an end tonight, leaving us with mostly clear skies. Low temperatures fill fall into the mid and upper 70s across the region.
Low thunderstorm chances will linger east of I-35/35E on Sunday. Hot conditions will continue into the early portions of next week, with daily heat indices of near 99 to 108 degrees. Cooler weather is on the way by the middle of the week as a cold front approaches the region. This front will also bring better chances for showers and storms to all of North and Central Texas. Locally heavy rainfall and cloud to ground lightning will be the main threats with any thunderstorms.
A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. Unfortunately, North and Central Texas will be well away from the path of totality (where it actually gets dark). Coverage of the sun over North and Central Texas will range from around 69 percent in Brownwood to nearly 82 percent in Texarkana. The moon's shadow will move across the U.S. at over 1500 mph! The transcontinental trip will occur in 90 minutes! The last time that we've been able to view this much of a solar eclipse was on May 10, 1994. The next solar eclipse that will be viewable from Texas will be an annular eclipse on October 14, 2023. During this event, the maximum shadow (~90 percent coverage) will track from Albuquerque, NM to San Antonio to Corpus Christi. A Total Eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024. Totality will occur from Del Rio, to Killeen, to Dallas, to Little Rock, AR.
It is NOT safe to look directly at the sun without proper protection for your eyes. Doing so can lead to temporary or permanent blindness. The only time that it would be safe to look directly at the sun would be during the 2 minutes or so of totality in the relatively small area that will have complete darkness. Since that won't be true for our area, we must use special glasses that are ISO 12312-2 compliant if we want to look directly at the sun. Another way to observe the solar eclipse is indirect viewing: Here are two ways: * Use a pinhole camera - you can make one yourself; https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a- pinhole-camera/ * Trees - You can look at the images of the sun coming through the holes formed by the leaves. (You'll see a lot of little eclipses.)

 
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