UPDATE: (04/05/24)

The news continues to be rather bleak for those hoping to see most of the solar eclipse happening on Monday.

KATC-TV forecasters are still predicting cloud cover along with a 20% chance of showers on that day.

Meteorologists are predicting that as a front is moving through the area on Monday it will sit just north of Acadiana leaving us with some rain and cloud cover.

You can take a look at the radar by clicking here.


There will be a solar eclipse on Monday, April 8 at 12 p.m., but the weather forecast for Louisiana and Texas might lead to huge disappointment for people wanting to view it.

KATC-TV 3 Chief Meteorologist Rob Perillo reports that the extended weather forecast for Monday shows cloud cover for Louisiana. Will this happen without a doubt? We just don't know. It's weather...so anything can happen.

Perillo has been reviewing multiple models of what the projected forecast will be on Monday.

For our Acadiana area, about 85% of the eclipse will be visible to us. For those in Acadiana who plan on going to Texas to watch the eclipse, just know that cloudy weather could derail your plans for looking up at that spectacular show in the sky.

What Does the Forecast Look Like?

Perillo has this picture:

Euro Model Forecast for Eclipse
KATC Photo

Perillo points out in a Facebook post about the subject that the Euro model is much more optimistic than the one issued by the Global Forecast System. Here's a photo for that prediction:

GFS Eclipse Weather Model
KATC Photo

Perillo points out that the weather on Monday will depend on what happens with a frontal system. He points out that the system is weak so we'll have to see whether or not it has enough strength to push the cloud cover out of the week so we can see the eclipse.

Usually, when we are thinking about weather forecasts, we talk about whether or not it's going to rain when we see clouds not if we can see a solar eclipse.

Now, as Perillo points out, we are still a week away from the big day, and it's Louisiana, right? "Give it 10 minutes and it'll change". Isn't that what we always say?

KALB, a station in Central Louisiana, is showing the same situation for their area as well. Check out this photo:

Central Louisiana Forecast
KALB Photo

I think we all needed to be thinking this, "Go away clouds!"

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