Will solar eclipse affect Houston's weather?


HOUSTON – The Houston area will see a partial eclipse on Aug. 21, but will it have an impact on our weather?

The eclipse will begin in Houston at 11:46 a.m. and will peak at 1:16 p.m. At the peak of the eclipse, roughly 65 to 70 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon. The eclipse will end at 2:45 p.m.

There will be no discernable change in the weather from the eclipse. While the moon will block part of the sun's radiation for a short period of time, the change in isolation will not be large enough and will not last long enough for people to notice any temperature change or change in precipitation.

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Since the eclipse will not impact the weather in Houston and since it occurs during the warmest part of a hot August day, one of the key factors in good viewing -- cloud cover -- could foil some viewing parties. 

Towering cumulus clouds, a staple in the sky during the Houston summer, could block the eclipse entirely.

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