This is the local forecast from local meteorologist, Jim Woodmencey. This will give you a general idea of tonight’s conditions and whether or not there could potentially be storms tonight, as well as expected temperatures overnight.
This is one of the main factors that determines northern lights activity. If it gets above 5 on the graph and is still that strong after sunset, we should see the auroras!
The weather in Jackson during the summer time is very predictable. We typically get afternoon thunderstorms and cloudy afternoon weather. As the sky begins to get dark and the temperature begins to drop the clouds almost always dissipate, leaving incredibly clear skies for stargazing. Even if it’s still cloudy at 9pm there is a very good chance that by 10pm the skies will be perfectly clear.
In the winter, the weather is less predictable here. We get about 70% of our annual precipitation in the form of snow. The storms will come in when they will. We do our best to schedule programs around anticipated cloudy weather.
This is what most astronomers use to forecast cloud cover. Dark Blue squares on the Cloud Cover line mean the skies are clear. White squares on the Cloud Cover line mean it’s cloudy.