Total Solar Eclipse in Ohio 2024: FAQs and Viewing Tips

Total Solar Eclipse in Ohio 2024: FAQs and Viewing Tips

On Monday, April 8th, 2024, Ohio is in for an amazing,  rare total solar eclipse! This “Great North American Eclipse” is generating a huge buzz, with the path of totality crossing directly over cities including ours, Akron and nearby Cleveland, Ohio as well as Dayton and Mansfield in Ohio. If you’re planning to travel to view the total solar eclipse in Ohio in 2024, you likely have a bunch of questions. This FAQ guide covers all the need-to-know details and top tips for experiencing this astronomical event.

When is the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in Ohio?

The total solar eclipse in Ohio will occur on Monday, April 8, 2024. The peak total eclipse phase when the moon fully blocks the sun is expected around 3:08 p.m. EDT in the Buckeye State.

Ohio Cities in the Path of Totality

The 124-mile-wide path of totality will create a line across southwest to northeast Ohio. Some of the major cities and towns inside this path for best viewing of the total solar eclipse include:

  • Akron
  • Cleveland
  • Dayton
  • Greenville
  • Bellefontaine
  • Mansfield

How Long Will the Total Eclipse Last in Ohio in 2024?

At its maximum, the total solar eclipse phase will last up to 4 minutes and 28 seconds for areas in the direct path of totality in Ohio. However, the exact duration can vary slightly for different locations within the path.

When is Totality in My Ohio City for the 2024 Eclipse?

The timing of peak totality depends on your specific location, falling sometime between 3:06 p.m. and 3:28 p.m. EDT on April 8th, 2024 for areas inside Ohio’s path of totality. Check timeanddate.com or other eclipse timing resources to find the exact moments for your city or town.

Ohio Weather Forecast for the 2024 Eclipse

It looks like we re in luck, early forecasts based on historical averages suggest the outlook for eclipse day in Ohio is favorable. Meteorologists expect mostly sunny skies with high temperatures around 60-65°F.

Do I Need Special Eclipse Glasses in Ohio?

Yes, using safe solar viewing glasses or filters is an absolute must whenever facing the partially eclipsed sun before and after totality. However, they are not required during the precious few minutes when the moon completely covers the sun’s rays.

Best Places to See the Total Solar Eclipse in Ohio in 2024

Many state parks, arenas, fairgrounds and other venues across Ohio are hosting official eclipse viewing events and festivities. Some good options to research include:

Plan to arrive at your chosen eclipse viewing location extremely early, ideally by mid-morning at the latest. Authorities anticipate roads and highways in the path will be overwhelmed as the eclipse time approaches.

What Roads to Avoid in Ohio for the 2024 Eclipse

Major routes like Interstates 71, 75, 77 and 270 are expected to see tremendous traffic congestion on eclipse day. ODOT strongly advises against stopping on highways, ramps or rest areas. Be preapred with our Total Eclipse 2024 Traffic Survival Guide: What to Pack for the Ohio Gridlock list.

Ohio Travel Tips for the 2024 Eclipse With extraordinary traffic levels anticipated, eclipse chasers visiting Ohio should plan well in advance:

  • Book overnight accommodations as early as possible
  • Bring all necessary medications, snacks, drinks and other road supplies
  • Ensure your vehicle is road-ready with a full tank of gas
  • Be prepared for significant delays when trying to leave after totality

By planning ahead and knowing what to expect, you can experience the 2024 total solar eclipse in Ohio safely and comfortably! Let me know if you have any other “total eclipse Ohio 2024” questions.

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