The inky shadows of solar eclipses can alter local weather on small scales, according to new analysis of a 1999 total eclipse.
knew an eclipse could lower temperatures within this shadow by as much
as 5 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius). But they couldn’t confirm
anecdotal reports of changes in wind speed and direction linked to the
“This story goes back to 1901, when a guy
named H. Helm Clayton thought he saw a change in the wind directions on
account of the eclipse,” said atmospheric physicist Giles Harrison of the University of Reading in the U.K.