Clouds could spoil the view of the solar eclipse

Mesquite, Texas — Millions of people flocked to a narrow line that ran from Mexico to the United States and Canada to wait for Monday's celestial sensation: a total eclipse of the sun, even though meteorologists predicted clouds.

The best weather to see the spectacle was expected in Vermont and Maine, as well as New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

It could be the most crowded solar eclipse ever in North America thanks to the density of population in the visibility zone and the appeal of more than four minutes of darkness in broad daylight in Texas and elsewhere. Almost everyone in North America could enjoy at least a partial eclipse, weather permitting.

“Cloud cover is one of the hardest things to predict,” National Weather Service meteorologist Alexa Maines explained Sunday at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. “At least it won’t snow.”