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A Snowy Afternoon

A weakening storm system will pass through the area this afternoon into this evening with light snow. However, the snow my be briefly heavy at times west of Battle Creek and south of I-96 during the mid to late afternoon. Most areas in southwest Michigan will get less than an inch of snow today. Between I-96 and I-94 up to 2 inches of snow is expected. Roads may become icy . Read More >

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, and blocks our view of all or part of the sun. This is a rarer event to observe compared to a lunar eclipse, which is when the earth's shadow falls on a full moon.

Will it be visible from Michigan on August 21?

The cloud cover forecast for Michigan ranges from partly to mostly cloudy, with mainly high-altitude clouds. The sun will be partially eclipsed over Michigan during the afternoon, centered on the 2 o'clock hour. For Lower Michigan, the eclipse starts within a few minutes of 1 PM, is at its maximum between 2:19 and 2:27, and ends within a few minutes of 3:45 PM (exact times vary by location). Depending on where you are in the state, as much as 70 to 85% of the sun will be covered by the moon. Only a narrow path across the United States from Oregon to southern Illinois to South Carolina will witness a total eclipse. NASA will host eclipse live streams for those who want to view it remotely.

How can I safely look at the sun during the eclipse?

To prevent serious eye damage, you should only look directly at the sun through solar filters that are ISO 12312-2 compliant. Sunglasses are NOT safe for solar viewing. There have been reports of some fake and unsafe eclipse glasses being sold, so the American Astronomical Society has created a list of reputable vendors. Welder's glass shade 14 can also be used. You can use indirect methods of viewing the eclipse, such as a homemade pinhole projector. Crescent patterns in the shadows of trees will also be apparent if clouds don't block the sun. More information can be found at

When is the next total solar eclipse visible from Michigan?

A small sliver of southeast Michigan will see a total eclipse on April 8, 2024, though the duration of totality will last longer in Ohio (a 75 to 99% partial eclipse will be seen from the rest of Michigan on this day). Southwest Michigan will see a total solar eclipse on September 14, 2099. There will be annular ("ring of fire") eclipses over northern Michigan in 2048 and 2057. For other opportunities to see a total eclipse this century, you're going to have to travel out of state.

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