-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
Good Tuesday evening!
A very hot and nice day throughout the Yakima Valley and the Mid-Columbia. Highs were in the mid to upper 80's with plenty of sunshine throughout. The highs should be a couple of degrees warmer tomorrow with more sunshine on the way.
We'll stay warm until Friday, when we'll cool off to around 80 degree highs. We could also see a little bit of Thunder and Lightning in the PM hours. We'll keep an eye on that as we get closer.
Overnight tonight will be clear with very warm lows in the mid to upper 50's.
Have a great night!