Clouds can spoil the view of the solar eclipse

Mesquite, Texas – Millions of people flocked to a narrow strip of land that ran from Mexico to the United States and Canada to await Monday's celestial sensation: a total eclipse of the sun, despite forecasters predicting clouds.

Vermont and Maine, New Brunswick and Newfoundland were expected to have the best weather for the spectacle.

This may be the most crowded solar eclipse ever seen in North America due to the density of people in the visible zone and more than four minutes of darkness during daylight hours in Texas and elsewhere. Everyone in North America can enjoy at least a partial eclipse, weather permitting.

“Clouds are one of the hardest things to predict,” National Weather Service meteorologist Alexa Mines explained Sunday at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. “At least it won't snow.”

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