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USA Eclipse: NZ Company to Track Clouds for Millions

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.

You can view the cloud forecast at: http://extendweather.com/EclipseCloudTracker

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