Climatologist Discusses Once-in-a-Lifetime Solar Eclipse

Marysville In Path Of Totality


A total eclipse of the sun, visible from northeast Kansas, will occur early Monday afternoon. This is the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since 1979, and the first seen in Kansas in nearly 100 years.

Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp calls this is an once-in-a-lifetime kind of event.

Those planning to intersect the path of totality should be aware that thousands of others will be attempting to do the same thing. However, Knapp says most of the congestion will occur in metropolitan areas.

Having a clear view is a bigger concern than congestion. Knapp thinks we’re fortunate that the totality will be around 1 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Knapp also cautions against looking directly at the sun without protective eyewear.

Knapp says people who look directly at the sun without proper eye protection are risking blindness.

In addition to viewing the once-in-a-lifetime event, Knapp says the Weather Data Library at Kansas State University will be collecting meteorological data before, during and after the total solar eclipse.

One thing Knapp expects to see is a measurable drop in temperature.

More information about the 2017 Total Eclipse can be found at:

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.