WKYT Interactive | Historical odds for cloud-free eclipse viewing across Kentucky

Published: Aug. 10, 2017 at 5:08 PM EDT
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In a state known for playing the odds when it comes to horse racing, knowing the chances of nice weather on August 21 can make or break someone’s view of the solar eclipse.

Paducah and Lexington are the Kentucky places that are the odds on favorites for seeing the eclipse without too many clouds getting in the way on this August 21.

NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information and the Cooperative Institutes for Climate and Satellites–North Carolina reviewed past cloud conditions over a decade. The groups looked what skies were like at weather stations across the country at the peak times of this year’s eclipse over a decade.

They found the Pacific and Atlantic coasts could be susceptible to cloudier conditions and that increased cloud cover may be possible as the eclipse travels across the country east of the Mississippi River.

Of the nine weather reporting stations in Kentucky, Paducah’s 76.7 percent viewable percentage was the highest followed by Lexington, Frankfort and Bowling Green. The higher the viewable percentage means a person is likely to have a view of the eclipse unobstructed by clouds.

Louisville and the Cincinnati-North Kentucky International Airport have the lowest viewable percentage results among the nine Kentucky weather stations. They were the only places were odds are greater that their views of the eclipse will be hidden by clouds.