Hamilton, New Zealand
17 August 2017
Eclipse in USA Motivates New Zealand Company to Track Clouds for Millions
Weather forecasting data are more accessible these days from very reputable providers. CLIMsystems’ sister institution
ExtendWeather has been creating distinctive products for several years.
The incoming eclipse in the USA offered eclipse chasers a challenge. How to find and display the most robust cloud
forecast data so that folks searching for eclipse viewable locations could get prepared better than only looking at
where clouds have been found historically on the 21st of August.
The team set to work and decided to release cloud forecasts just for the USA for the period of the transit of the
eclipse across the contiguous states. They used maps to tell the whole story with less words. It was one thing to format
the cloud forecast and another to track times across four time zones and link that with what the team hope will be
easily accessed and interpreted maps. With estimates of millions of people taking to the roads to view the totality, the
on-line tool of Eclipse Cloud Tracker might help to increase the odds of viewing successfully.
The team at ExtendWeather will be updating the forecast regularly right up to event time on Monday morning.