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Climatologist Discusses Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse Viewing MapA total eclipse of the sun, visible from Kansas, will occur early Monday, August 21 afternoon. This is the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since 1979 and the first seen in Kansas in nearly 100 years.

Kansas State University Climatologist Mary Knapp calls this a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Those planning to intersect the path of totality should be aware that thousands of others will be attempting to do the same thing. However, Knapp says most of the congestion will occur in metropolitan areas.

Having a clear view is a bigger concern than congestion. Knapp thinks we're fortunate that the totality will be around 1 PM Central Daylight Time.

Knapp also cautions against looking directly at the sun without protective eyewear.

Knapp says people who look directly at the sun without proper eye protection are risking blindness.

In addition to viewing the once-in-a-lifetime event, Knapp says the Weather Data Library at Kansas State University will be collecting meteorological data before, during and after the total solar eclipse.

One thing Knapp expects to see is a measurable drop in temperature.

More information about the 2017 Total Eclipse can be found at www.ksu.edu/eclipse.

(Information courtesy K-State Audio News Service. Photo courtesy NOAA.)

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