Climatologist Discusses Once-in-a-Lifetime Solar Eclipse

Marysville In Path Of Totality

A total eclipse of the sun, visible from northeast Kansas, will occur early Monday afternoon. This is the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since 1979, and the first seen in Kansas in nearly 100 years.

Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp calls this is an once-in-a-lifetime kind of event.

Those planning to intersect the path of totality should be aware that thousands of others will be attempting to do the same thing. However, Knapp says most of the congestion will occur in metropolitan areas.

Having a clear view is a bigger concern than congestion. Knapp thinks we’re fortunate that the totality will be around 1 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Knapp also cautions against looking directly at the sun without protective eyewear.

Knapp says people who look directly at the sun without proper eye protection are risking blindness.

In addition to viewing the once-in-a-lifetime event, Knapp says the Weather Data Library at Kansas State University will be collecting meteorological data before, during and after the total solar eclipse.

One thing Knapp expects to see is a measurable drop in temperature.

More information about the 2017 Total Eclipse can be found at: www.ksu.edu/eclipse.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.