It’s not too early to start preparations for the next major solar eclipse in 2024. Although there will be other eclipses before then, April 8, 2024 represents the next best opportunity for a wide swath of the United States and Mexico (along with a smaller part of Canada) to view this astronomical phenomenon.
Something as fascinating as viewing an eclipse shouldn’t be left to chance. Choosing your location is the most important decision you can make in this process. Additionally, veteran eclipse chasers always have an escape route planned so they can move to an alternate location if the weather isn’t allowing for ideal eclipse visibility.
Although there’s never any guarantee that the location you choose for viewing the next solar eclipse in 2024 will be free from clouds, there are experts who can extrapolate historical data to show which locations are historically better choices for eclipse viewing. As you start your early eclipse preparations, we recommend using the following resource to guide your planning.
- Eclipsophile:Meteorologists Jay Andersen and Jennifer West provide historical climatological data to guide travelers as they attempt to choose the best eclipse viewing area. Theirmap for the Great North American Eclipse shows much of Mexico, Texas, and the central United States as prime viewing spots for advantageous eclipse weather.
Understanding Weather Prediction Accuracy
As you plan for the next solar eclipse in 2024, remember that weather predictions aren’t always accurate. Predictions made within seven days are correct approximately 80% of the time, and those made within five days are correct roughly 90% of the time. However, predictions made 10+ days in advance or usually only accurate around 50% of the time.
With that information in mind, the best approach is to be flexible with your plans. As the big day draws closer—within a week or so of the eclipse—being able to change your travel destination based on current predictions would drastically improve your odds.
Of course, changing your travel plans on the fly isn’t always a realistic option, so the second best way to view the next solar eclipse in 2024 is to select a location with the highest probability of having clear eclipse visibility, based on past weather conditions.
As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. Unfortunately, April is a notoriously stormy season, and multiple active storm tracks could pass through the path of totality, including the Alberta Clipper, the Colorado Low, and the Gulf/Hatteras Low.
If you’re able to travel anywhere, the following locations are very promising:
- Melchor Múzquiz
- Piedras Negras
- Eagle Pass
While those specific locations have some of the highest chances of clear weather, staying near the Mexico/Texas border in general would be the best choice for viewing the next solar eclipse in 2024.
Plan Your Transportation
Sometimes clear weather is just a quick drive away! While April’s rainy weather does present some challenges, dodging clouds and chasing clear skies can make for a fun and memorable adventure.
Pay close attention to the weather forecast, especially within a week of the event, and try to have a backup plan or two. The next total solar eclipse that will be visible from the contiguous U.S. isn’t until 2044, so don’t miss it due to poor eclipse visibility!
Get Your ISO & CE Certified Eclipse Glasses
As you plan for the next solar eclipse in 2024, don’t forget to purchase your high-quality solar eclipse glasses, viewers, and solar filters from Rainbow Symphony. We’re passionate about providing you with safe and effective products.
Our eclipse glasses are made in the US. They’re trusted by NASA and AAS because they’re certified to meet standards for ISO 12312-2:2015. These eclipse glasses are also "CE" Certified, meeting requirements for transmission for scale 12-16 of EN 169/1992 for safety in directly viewing solar phenomena.
Enjoy a superior viewing experience for the next solar eclipse in 2024! Our specialty lenses feature scratch-resistant, optical density five materials that guarantees eye protection from harmful solar radiation. Our “Black Polymer” lenses block out 100% of harmful ultraviolet light, infrared radiation, and 99.999% of intense visible light. Lens filters produce an orange-tinted image of the sun, with remarkably sharp detail.
Start Planning For Your Viewing Event Today
We hope this guide to eclipse visibility is helpful as you get geared up for an unforgettable experience. In addition to our standard eclipse products, we can customize eclipse glasses, eclipse viewers, eclipse greets, and plastic solar eclipse glasses just for you. Celebrate the next solar eclipse in 2024 in style with eclipse products that feature your event or company’s branding!
Don’t feel like designing your own eclipse glasses? Check out the Commemorative Eclipse Glasses we made just for this incredible occasion! They’re available in two unique styles: Commemorative Eclipse 2024 Glasses Design 1 and 2024 Great North American Eclipse Glasse Design 2.
For more expert information about upcoming eclipses, as well as content on science, art, light, color, design, and so much more, check our cool science blog for the latest updates. We love sharing our knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm with like-minded folks!
The Great North American Eclipse is right around the corner, so don’t wait to make your plan. Watch the next solar eclipse in 2024 safely with our Eclipse Shades®, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.