Just How Dark Will Grand Junction Get During the Eclipse?
We know that come Monday most of the sun will be obscured from view, but just how dark will Grand Junction get during the eclipse?
The last time a total eclipse of the sun was visible in the United States from coast to coast was June 8, 1918 - and even though we have had solar eclipses since then, this is truly a historic event. Nobody I know was around 99 years ago, so we can't be exactly certain how it was back then. Monday's eclipse could give us some indication.
The path of totality across the United States is well north of Grand Junction. That means the farther north you travel the closer to totality the eclipse will be. Julesburg is Colorado's northern most town, and according to Shadow and Substance.com, the town will witness 99.1% totality. Durango, on the other hand, is the Colorado town with the least amount of totality at just over 80%.
For Grand Junction, the best we can hope for is just over 87%. The sky will become noticeably dim, and there will be a drop in air temperature. If you are driving at that time you will want to have your headlights on. It's going to look and feel like dusk.
The totality in Montrose will be slightly less than Grand Junction at 85.1% while Rifle will be just under 90%.
In places like Casper, Wyoming that will witness a total eclipse, people will actually see stars popping out in the daytime sky.
Of course, if you are viewing the eclipse, be sure and view it safely with certified eclipse sunglasses or some sort of reflection.
If you miss this total solar eclipse, you next chance to see a total solar eclipse in Colorado will be August 12, 2045. There will also be a partial solar eclipse in Colorado on April 8, 2024.