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Austin's cloud chances during the eclipse

Data: ERA5 data via Copernicus Climate Data Store; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals
Data: ERA5 data via Copernicus Climate Data Store; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

The total solar eclipse on April 8 is coming, whether the sky is clear or not.

State of play: With people traveling from all over for the event, they're going to want a good view — not one ruined by clouds.

  • Historically, Texas offers them a pretty good bet.

By the numbers: Austin averages about 54% cloud cover on April 8, according to data from 1994 to 2023 from the Copernicus Climate Data Store.

  • That's better than other eclipse cities like Cleveland and Indianapolis, where the cloud cover averages 63% and 61%, respectively.

The big picture: Texas tends to have the least cloudy skies of any state in the path of totality.

  • San Antonio averages around 55% cloud cover on April 8, while Dallas averages 50%.

The bottom line: The odds are in our favor, but anything can still happen with the weather.

  • Cross your fingers and hope for the best.
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