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2024 Solar Eclipse Countdown


solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth at just the right moment. Sometimes, the Moon only blocks part of the Sun’s light which is called a partial solar eclipse. Other times, the Moon blocks all of the Sun’s light which is called a total solar eclipse. As the Moon blocks the Sun’s light, it casts a shadow on part of the Earth. The Moon’s shadow creates a trail as Earth rotates, and this trail is called the path of totality. Places in the path of totality will experience total darkness during an eclipse since the Moon completely blocks the Sun's light for a few minutes resembling night time.

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America. The eclipse will pass over parts of Mexico, the central and eastern United States, and southeastern Canada. The path of totality will first enter the United States in Texas, then pass through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Cleveland, as well as much of northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania, will experience totality during the mid afternoon. Cleveland will experience totality between 3:13 and 3:17 PM EDT.

Solar Eclipse Image


What can people expect during the eclipse? 

During the eclipse, the sky will get dark as if it were dawn or dusk. Even if skies are cloudy, people will still notice a darkening of the sky. Nocturnal wildlife may awaken while non-nocturnal wildlife may think it’s time for bed.


What safety precautions should be taken to view the eclipse?

When watching the partial phases of the solar eclipse, which happens before and after totality, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer. It is not safe to look at the partially eclipsed sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, sunglasses, or any other optical device even while wearing eclipse glasses, as the concentrated solar rays will burn through the filter and cause serious eye injury. Only during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face, is it safe to view without specialized eye protection.


What effects might the eclipse have on the weather?

Research has shown that temperatures can drop between 4-10 degrees Fahrenheit during the eclipse. In addition, some reduction in wind speed and low-level clouds are possible.


How might Lake Erie impact the weather conditions on the day of the event?

Lake Erie could impact weather conditions on the day of the eclipse, but it has a lot to do with the weather pattern on the day of the event. On a warm spring day, sometimes a phenomenon called a lake shadow is noted downwind of the lake, with cooler temperatures and less cloud cover observed along the lakeshore. On a cold spring day, there may be higher amounts of lake effect cloud cover or precipitation near Lake Erie.


What was the last total solar eclipse in Ohio or Pennsylvania?

Portions of northern Pennsylvania experienced a total eclipse on January 24, 1925. The last time Ohio experienced a total eclipse was June 16, 1806.


When will the next total solar eclipse occur in the contiguous United States?

The next total solar eclipse will occur on August 23, 2044 but will only be visible in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Another total eclipse will occur on August 12, 2045 and impact areas from northern California to Florida.


Additional Resources

Local Weather Information

NWS Cleveland Weather Briefing webpage:

NWS Wilmington, Ohio 2024 Solar Eclipse webpage:

Local Totality, Weather, and FAQ: NWS Cleveland Total Solar Eclipse Handout 


National Weather Information

Main National Weather Service national webpage:

NWS Storm Prediction Center webpage:

NWS Weather Prediction Center webpage: 

NWS Climate Prediction Center webpage:

NOAA Satellites Viewability Climatology: April 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Viewability


NASA Resources

NASA's April 8th 2024 Solar Eclipse webpage:


Science and Safety Resources

Great Lakes Science Center 2024 Solar Eclipse webpage:

How to protect your eyes during the eclipse:


Traffic Information

Ohio real-time traffic conditions:

Pennsylvania real-time traffic conditions:

New York real-time traffic conditions:

Indiana real-time traffic conditions:


Ohio Viewing and Event Information

Ohio Eclipse page:


(Photo Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemigani)