The great American noclipse: Forecasts for cloudy skies cast shadow over North American solar eclipse

Think of this.. the sunbelt will be cloudy and the cloudiest state in April–maine–set to have 100% clear skies with the best viewing of the eclipse. Funny how fate and life work out.

Much of Texas, considered prime eclipse-viewing territory by many traveling there for the occasion, was predicted in forecast models on Friday to have cloud cover of 60%-80% on eclipse day.

Parts of northern New England, by comparison, looked far more promising. The probability for clear skies was also improving across the middle Mississippi Valley and western Ohio Valley, including Indianapolis, according to the National Weather Service.

“I’m pretty disappointed,” Gary Fine, 81, a retired photographer from Los Angeles who booked air fare and hotel reservations for Dallas several months ago, said on Friday as packed for his trip