Saturday, 21 March 2015
Friday was solar eclipse day. Viewed from home this wasn’t a total eclipse but it was pretty close. Of course all the warnings were in force regarding photographing and viewing the event. The details and timing of the eclipse in Ossett were as shown in this screen grab below.
I've grabbed the details from this web site timeanddate.com which lists details of future solar and lunar eclipse for various UK locations. I've heard all sorts of dates mentioned about our next solar eclipse but this web site lists them all together with a little diagram of partiality.
So for the big event there was lots of cloud about in Ossett. We had a few very tiny patches of blue sky but these weren't anywhere near the position of the sun. As the eclipse started the sun was covered by light cloud and to be honest those casual glances upwards that we weren't suppose to make revealed very little appearing to take place.
We watched a bit of coverage on TV and had another forbidden look out of the window and there was no change. It still looked sunny behind the fairly light cloud. Darker clouds crossed the sun and surprisingly enough it got a little bit gloomier outside. At this point we decided to give up on the event. The TV was turned off and I headed outside and up to the greenhouse.
That was when I spotted it. The cloud cover was thick enough to allow a view of the sun but not thick enough to obscure the sun altogether. It was only a fleeting view before the sun disappeared behind the clouds.
Out of interest I've included my weather stations temperature and solar radiation reading below for Friday morning.
Intriguingly there’s a dip in both temperature and solar radiation at about the time of the eclipse. I've no idea whether that’s due to the eclipse or the vastly varying amounts of cloud we had through the morning.
The next solar eclipse in Wakefield will be visible on 21 August 2017 but will only cover a very small part of the sun. The next eclipse of similar coverage is 23 September 2090. I’m not adding it into my diary.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:51