Beginning in 1981 with five observing locations, the weather monitoring network has grown to about 65 stations across the state and serves as an environmental monitoring program for a diverse range of sectors. On Aug. 21, 30 of our stations will be in the line of totality for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. The stations, which gather data observations around the clock, may record a temperature drop and a lack of solar radiation, depending on cloud cover. You can view our live-streamed maps showing that data starting at 12:48 p.m. when the eclipse hits the western side of the state. The last observations in Nebraska will be recorded by 1:10 p.m.


NEVER look directly at the sun without proper eye protection. You can seriously injure your eyes.

More on the Eclipse

We aren’t the only ones dedicated to watching the eclipse. Our climate and weather partners, as well as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, have made information available to ensure your viewing of this awe-inspiring celestial event is a safe and enjoyable one.


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has events planned for students faculty and staff.


Read about the science behind the eclipse and how you can get involved as a citizen scientist.


Get a countdown to the solar eclipse as well as more information on the path of totality.


The Nebraska State Climate Office manages the Nebraska Mesonet with stations across the state.


  • 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 19: Family Fun Day at the Nebraska Museum of Nebraska History will focus on solar eclipses. Visitors will build a model to help them understand what is happening during the eclipse, as well as learn about some of the most interesting solar eclipses of the past.
  • 2 p.m. Aug 20: Chief Pat Leading Fox will speak on “The Skidi Pawnee: People of the Stars” at the Nebraska Museum of Nebraska History auditorium.
Interested in more pre-eclipse opportunities? Access the University of Nebraska-Lincoln events listing here.