It's been nearly 4 years since the last solar eclipse took place locally, back on August 21st of 2017. The path of total eclipse ended up happening south and east of our area, but we were able to see a partial eclipse. Another partial solar eclipse is expected early Thursday morning.
Remember, a solar eclipse happens when the moon passes in front of the sun. This creates a shadow on the earth. Only a small fraction of the earth is directly in the path of totality. The path this time around ends up starting in Canada and making a high latitude cross into Russia. Still, we will see more than 70% coverage locally, and it's worth checking out. Here are the details:
We are anticipating mostly clear skies early Thursday morning. The only potential viewing problem will be patchy fog, which looks to be mainly in valley locations. The sunrise is expected in the northeastern part of the sky, not due east. This is because the position of the sun changes throughout the year. As we approach the summer solstice, the sunrise is northeast and sunset northwest, allowing for more than 15 hours of sunshine.
Remember, you need a special piece of equipment to look directly at the solar eclipse. NEVER look directly at the sun, or else you will damage your eyesight. Solar lenses are required - sunglasses WILL NOT be protective enough. Another way to look at an eclipse is through a shadow created from a pinhole projector.