If you're planning to watch the Great American Eclipse of 2017, be forewarned that cloudy skies or bad weather may impede your view.
Showers and thunderstorms will drench parts of the Midwest, northern and central Plains, and portions of the Southeast, including the Carolinas and parts of the Florida Peninsula. However, if you're in the Tennessee Valley or the Northwest, you should have a clear view, according to The Weather Channel. And if you're in the Northeast, you'll have sunny to partly cloudy skies.
Speaking with CBS News, retired Canadian meteorologist and eclipse enthusiast Jay Anderson said that the best places to catch totality under likely clear conditions will be Madras, Mitchell and Ontario, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Riverton, Wyoming. The timing of totality over these locals during late morning favors a burn off of fog, while the historical data points to at least 80 percent clear skies.
That said, Anderson says on his Eclipsophile website that the timing of the eclipse is about as good weather-wise for the U.S. as we could ever expect.
"August is a sunny month everywhere in the continental United States, and measurements of sunshine hours at locations along the track show at least a 60 percent probability of seeing the eclipse," he writes. "At the best sites in Oregon and Idaho, that probability rises to 85 percent."
As shown on the Eclipsophile website, historical satellite imagery for Aug. 21sover the path of totality tends to favor mostly clear skies for the Northwest. (Photo: Eclipsophile)
The other aspect that could directly influence weather conditions is a phenomenon called "eclipse cooling," which may dissipate some stubborn cloud cover.
Atmospheric studies on previous total solar eclipses recorded temperature drops between 5 degrees Fahrenheit (Europe, 1999) to nearly 15 degrees Fahrenheit (Zambia, 2001). According to Mental Floss' Dennis Mersereau, how much of a cooling effect under the path of totality you'll feel will depend on how humid the air is in your location.
"Moist air has a higher heat capacity than drier air, so when it's muggy outside it takes longer for the air to warm up and cool down," he writes. "This is why daily temperatures fluctuate less in Miami, Florida, than they do in Phoenix, Arizona."
Editor's note: This story has been updated since it was originally published.