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Published on April 02, 2024
Austin Enthusiasts Face Possible Cloud Cover Ahead of Next Week's Total Solar EclipseSource: Unsplash/Taylor Smith

As the Texas State prepares for a celestial spectacle, the dark clouds may cast uncertainty over the viewing experiences for Texans eagerly awaiting next Monday's total solar eclipse. Despite the cloudy forecast, meteorologist Kristen Currie assures that even if Austin’s skies don't clear, eclipse enthusiasts "might not be able to see the eclipse… but everything is still gonna get dark," in a statement obtained by KXAN.

Chasing the perfect spot to view an eclipse can quickly turn into an expensive game of cat and mouse with the weather. Vin Taylor, who experienced the 2017 total solar eclipse, is set to watch the upcoming event with his fiancée in Austin. He plans to closely monitor forecasts to decide the best viewing location, Taylor told KXAN, "I really want to recapture that and see another eclipse. I think it’ll be just as magical." Meanwhile, travel expert Katy Nastro warns against making hasty travel adjustments to chase clearer skies, which might end up costing more than anticipated.

The uncertainty doesn’t stop locals from preparing for the influx of visitors. Jordan Waters, owner of Iron Wolf Ranch and Distillery in Spicewood, has teamed up with a space promotions organization to potentially live broadcast the eclipse from space, as a weather contingency plan. "We've got a big screen TV... if even if it's overcast, we're going to be able to show the eclipse live from space," Waters explained, as per FOX 7 Austin. Such creative solutions serve as a testament to the resilient spirit of Texans and their determination to mark the celestial event, whether the weather chooses to favor them or not.

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