I am so discouraged by the patterns of weather I may not take equipment I was planning to take. Unless the entire path I can get to is totally weathered out my wife and I will still get in the pickup and drive to where it looks like the best chance. But I may not take the tripod and mount and C-90 I have planned. I was going to do a full run through today of set up, alignment by compass photo the sun, pretend to take the solar filters off and follow my checklist. I should do this at least twice before the event, but weather is so discouraging I did not do it.
What worries me most is this fact: climate predictions have had Idaho, Wyoming and western Nebraska as best bets. This is because the mountains usually cause most of the moisture from the pacific to dump out of the atmosphere on the western slopes before it can get to the high plains and great plains. Here is a link to the water vapor image: http://www.weather.gov/satellite#wv
Look at all the moisture in a long east_west band coming right over the mountains and into the normally dry area. This is not the weather pattern typical for this area in August. I know the pattern may be very different in 12 days, but the worry is the pattern should not be there at all this time of year.
Clear skies and clean glass,