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.
3 Items you shouldn't bring to this year's solar eclipse:
This is the #1 misunderstanding going into the solar eclipse, and it will likely still be an issue the day of. You will not be able to see the shadow of the eclipse with sunglasses for two reasons: 1) the sun will still be WAY too bright, even with your darkest pair, and 2) it will most likely damage your eyes. Eclipse glasses are a must in order to watch the eclipse happen, not just comfortably, but at all!
Make sure you get at least a couple pairs, especially if you have kids or know some people that might not be aware that they are needed. You also want to make sure you get them as soon as possible before supplies run out.
Stop by our office Monday through Friday, 8am-11am to get them!
You're welcome to call ahead of time too (307-638-6054) and ask for Dara.
We are located at 4101 Evans Ave, 2nd floor of the old air traffic control tower (sign on tower says "DayWeather")
2. Your Pet
Our suggestion is to leave pets at home when you go to watch the eclipse. Our main concern with all the sweet pets out there is that most locations under complete totality are going to be crowded. We all know when there are crowds of people looking at a special event, most are generally not paying attention. Pets might wander away, not paying attention to traffic or people jumping in their cars flooring it to another location, etc. If it were me, I would leave the fur-kids at home where they are safe and not susceptible to the chaos that can sometimes take place at once-in-a-lifetime astronomical events.
There's also a good chance it's going to be hot (especially if it's blue-sky sunshine). Many out-of-staters don't realize this but, the sunshine can be much more intense at our higher elevations. Pet's can be sensitive to heat, especially when stuck in a car (even with windows) or staying outside for a long time. Average high temperatures for central Wyoming on August 21st is upper 80's with a record in the mid 90's. It could be hot, so better to keep the babes at home.
3. Your Smokes
Yes, I said it. Leave your cigarettes at home OR make sure to put them out in a can and NOT fling them out onto the grass or dirt. August in Wyoming is a very dry and "crispy" time of year and the entire state (especially the Casper area) is VERY susceptible to wild fires in mid-August. As meteorologists who love our environment, the state and the purity of our Wyoming air....please keep smokes, sparklers or any type of igniting fire-starter at home.