Astronomy buffs chose Casper to watch Monday’s total solar eclipse in part because of the likelihood of a sunny day. But the forecast continues to show partly cloudy weather.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Riverton are forecasting cloud cover of between 30 to 60 percent.
“Right now, the whole state has got clouds in the forecast,” said Paul Skrbac, a senior forecaster at the Riverton office.
With five days until the eclipse, the agency’s computer models indicate cloud cover will be greatest in the western part of the state. The central and eastern portion will fare better but won’t escape the clouds altogether, according to the forecast.
Skrbac noted that there is still variability in the forecast, which could lead to clearer conditions on eclipse day.
“There is always a chance you get a little break or there is a brief little mini ridge that decreases the clouds a little bit,” he said. “There is still some hope that we will get some more clearing, but right now it looks like it will be partly cloudy if not more so.”
The eclipse, which will stretch across the country, is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to Casper and other central Wyoming communities such as Riverton and Glendo.