-Date and time: August 21, begins around 9am with maximum coverage of the sun between 10:20 and 10:25am depending upon where you are. It will end at approximately 11:40-11:45am.
-Why this is special: It's a total eclipse for a narrow strip across the U.S., including an area of Oregon. The last time the U.S. had any total solar eclipse was in 1979. In the Yakima/Tri-Cities/Walla Walla area, the sun will be about 93% covered give or take a bit.
-KAPP/KVEW will start pre-eclipse coverage during GOOD MORNING NORTHWEST, starting at 5 on August 21. Chief Meteorologist, Kristin Walls, will be at a viewing party near Salem, OR, in the path of the total eclipse. She'll provide coverage with special segments through 10am, then ABC's David Muir goes live through noon.
-Coverage is also online with NASA live streaming from locations along the route, including a view from the International Space Station. nasa.gov/eclipselive
-DO NOT watch the partial eclipse at any time without using certified safety glasses. You could damage your eyes if you do. KAPP/KVEW and Excalibur Auto Group are giving away certified viewing glasses. Get yours, while they last, at Excalibur Auto Group in Kennewick. In Yakima, the public library system is offering a limited number of free glasses too. If you are lucky enough to be in the total eclipse zone, you can remove the glasses while the sun is totally covered by the moon, but do not leave them off for longer than the totality, which is about 2 minutes.
-If you don't have glasses, you can make a viewer to watch the eclipse. It allows you to watch a projection of the eclipse, rather than looking right at it. To learn more about building a projection system, go to: https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/projection
We are 3 days away and counting from the Total Solar Eclipse! While our local area won't be in the zone of totality, we will still see 96% of the sun covered by the moon. The eclipse will travel from the west coast to the east coast - taking approximately 1.5 hours to cross the United States.
Locally, the eclipse will start at 9:09 AM with the maximum eclipse happening at 10:24 AM. The eclipse will end at 11:44 AM.
The weather looks picture perfect with a mostly sunny sky - hot afternoon in the low 90's.