It's getting close, real close! The total solar eclipse is due to happen in less than one month (August 21st) with complete 100% totality and near totality view-able across a large portion of the state.
But here's the question: Are you ready?
This event is expected to bring thousands of tourists to Wyoming (we might even see our state population double), all coming to watch the same thing you are. It's going to be crowded. Our small towns may sell out of supplies, especially smaller stores and smaller gas stations. This event is definitely the type of event we need to prepare for ahead of time.
On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible across a narrow band over the United States...an event that is not only rare, but for many, a once in a life-time opportunity. We recently wrote an article on everything you need to know for this year's eclipse. Make sure to check it out so you know the best location to see it!
Let's talk about something else really important: how to actually see the eclipse. Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating that you try looking at the sun with your sunglasses on...but I think we've all sort-of done that in some point in our life. It hurts, and you can't look for very long. Wearing sunglasses to look at the eclipse is essentially the same thing as putting a cardboard house up in the arctic. The cardboard house looks protective from the outside, but you're still going to be really, really cold. Same thing with sunglasses. If you try to look at the eclipse with your sunglasses, you will miss the entire event and likely damaging your eyes. No one wants that.
Excitement about this year's total eclipse has been happening for long time. Astronomers, meteorologists, scientists and space nerds across the world have been all over this! There are websites, t-shirts, posters, big foam fingers pointing to the sky and solar eclipse chasers that will be flooding to a very narrow strip of Earth to see this event. It has been a well-known fact that on August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible across much of the United States. This has not happened over the United States since 1918, and probably won't again for a long time.
But what is it, and why is it a big deal?
It's a concern we hear all the time. "I didn't realize it was going to be this bad", or "I wish I had more time to put the car in the garage."
Last week's severe weather outbreak was devastating to many parts of eastern Wyoming, northeast Colorado and western Nebraska. Strong thunderstorms, severe "super-cell" thunderstorms and several tornadoes impacted towns and some remote areas across the region.
Meteorologically speaking, and as weather forecasters, we had good knowledge and guidance that a severe weather outbreak was approaching a couple days in advance. The upper level pattern contained a strong area of low pressure, along with a surface front and all the right atmospheric ingredients were expected to be in place for thunderstorms to become severe, with the potential for damaging hail and tornadoes.
As meteorologists, it's our goal to scientifically evaluate current weather data, numerous amounts of information from various weather models and apply own skill and experience to develop the best and more accurate forecast for you.
But a forecast is only accurate if YOU get the information when you need it. That's where we come in.
Welcome to WeatherSlant, a new service provided by DayWeather, Inc...your local weather center! First, let us take a moment to introduce ourselves. You may be familiar with our company name "DayWeather", or perhaps you know of Don Day, Mark Heuer or Julie Gondzar? We have been providing accurate weather forecasts for you through the radio waves for 20+ years. Sound familiar?
After years of requests for customized weather forecasts, we have finally decided to offer our services in a more mobile-friendly manner...accurate forecasts directly to your phone through text message and email.
It doesn't get better than this. Our new product is a subscription service, ensuring you are getting an accurate weather forecast not once, but twice a day. We all know how things can change quickly here in the mountains and high plains, so we want you to be prepared. Inclement weather can cost companies billions of dollars each year. We are offering a better and more convenient way for you to be prepared and save money.
Why WeatherSlant is Better Than Your Free Phone App
You're probably wondering what's so different about this service compared to other free weather apps? The difference is, we are writing the forecast from scratch for your specific location. Free phone apps simply pull generic unedited model data to populate the forecast for a large and regional area. It's just not helpful when you REALLY need a good forecast. How many times is your weather app completely off base? Total wrong? Calling for rain when it just snowed 10 inches?! That's because free weather apps often do not take elevation and terrain features into consideration. We know how mountains, ridges and valleys can determine the difference between rain or snow, light wind or strong wind, among many other things.
The other great thing about WeatherSlant is that we send you weather alerts when we see something high-impact in the forecast or when our confidence about a storm or weather event is increasing. We give you the inside-scoop as to what we are thinking so you have the facts and can make better decisions. For example, if an unexpected heavy snow squall develops 40 miles to the west, we'll send you an alert to let you know it's coming. If our confidence of a high wind event increases overnight, we'll let you know!
These personalized and custom-crafted text messages are priceless when you're trying to figure out what's going on with the weather.
Now, we would love to hear from you!