Meteorologists predict partial cloud cover for Springfield during solar eclipse

In less than a week, Springfield will experience a partial solar eclipse for the second time in seven years. And while it’s still too early for a detailed forecast, meteorologists are preparing for the possibility of cloudy weather.

Springfield and much of the U.S. will experience a partial solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. The eclipse will occur in Springfield around 1:54 p.m. Parts of southeast Missouri, including West Plains and Poplar Bluff, however, are in the eclipse’s path of totality, meaning they will experience a total solar eclipse.

As of Wednesday, National Weather Service Meteorologist Peyton Camden said there is a 20% chance Springfield will experience partial cloud clover on Monday afternoon. A bit farther east, in West Plains, meteorologists are predicting a 25% chance of partial cloud cover.

This information is based on long-term forecasts, which provide eight- to 14-day outlooks, monthly outlooks and seasonal outlooks. These forecasts are based on trends and Camden said, there is often a lot of variability between long- and short-term forecasts. More accurate information will be available this weekend.

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