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Preliminary eclipse forecast looks promising

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The preliminary weather forecast for New Mexico viewing of Sunday’s eclipse looks promising, according to Deirdre Kann at the National Weather Service’s Albuquerque office, with a dry, warm, sunny weekend. But Kann cautioned that it’s too early to make a definitive forecast, right at the edge of the 7-day period in which forecasts have skill at telling us what might happen.

“That is a week out, so we’re really watching it,” Kann said during this afternoon’s weekly weather briefing.

The latest forecast from Kann and her colleagues is here.

The moon will pass between Earth and sun, casting a shadow that at its peak, around 7:30 p.m. Albuquerque time, will leave a ring of fire visible. A caution: don’t look at the sun – directly, through a camera, through binoculars. You’ll need special viewing glasses or welder’s glass. Luckily, there are a ton of events planned around town, and the various sponsors are laying in big supplies of the goofy-looking eclipse glasses for your enjoyment. I’m collecting a detailed list of events to post later in the week, but for now the Convention and Visitors Bureau has the high points already listed.


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