Pockets of clear skies expected for this afternoon’s eclipse

By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw

WARSAW — The day has arrived as millions across the midsection of the United States — including parts of Indiana — prepare for today’s eclipse this afternoon.

And like many, you might be wondering how much cloud cover to  expect across north central Indiana when the moon crosses in front of the sun.

Meteorologist Matt Rudkin predicts morning clouds will give way to dry air in the afternoon, providing pockets of clear sky by the time the eclipse happens (around 3pm) in north central Indiana as well as the Indianapolis area where full totality will occur.

School districts will have varying plans for the day, according to a report from the Times-Union.

Manchester Schools will have an e-learning day and Triton School Corporation will dismiss at 1 p.m.

Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation will release students 30 minutes later than usual.

Warsaw and Wawasee will have a full day of classes and both districts are providing approved solar glasses for students.

Wawasee asks families that wish to pick up their children to watch the eclipse to pick them up before 2:30 p.m. to avoid disruption during eclipse viewing activities.

Warsaw superintendent Dr. David Hoffert said he’s not too worried about the weather conditions.

“There are things in life that you cannot control and clouds are definitely one of them,” Hoffert said. “We’re hoping the sun peeks through because these are the types of activities that students remember for years to come.”

If you’re looking for a good place to view the eclipse, Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation will host an Eclipse Watch Party at Levinson-LaBrosse Lakes and Wetlands Education Center on SR 13. The viewing party starts at 2:30 p. and is open to the public. Viewing glasses will be available to the first 40 people.

Kensington Digital Media’s Kris Lake and Chris Cage will be in Indianapolis for the eclipse and will be broadcasting the event live on 107.3 WRSW and Willie 103.5.

Remember, staring directly at the sun during a solar eclipse or at any other time can lead to permanent eye damage. The eclipse is only safe to witness with the naked eye during totality, or the period of total darkness when the moon completely covers the sun.

Protective eyewear should say they comply with ISO 12312-2 standards.

The eclipse is expected to begin shortly before 3 p.m.

If you’re unsure when the eclipse will start, use this line from Grace College which has a countdown clock.