May 22, 2024

Eclipse Forecast & Totality Time for Grand Rapids

The big day is almost here and the forecast is looking great for the 2024 Eclipse if you’re viewing from Grand Rapids on April 8.

Multiple weather sources indicate Grand Rapids will see some showers in the morning, clearing to partly cloudy skies by 9 a.m. According to the National Weather Service, the term “partly cloudy” is used when the sky is expected to be covered 3/10 to 6/10 clouds to sun. As we go through Monday, clouds will make way to clear skies by 5 p.m., which indicates cloud cover will be closer to the 3/10 mark than the 6/10 mark by “prime viewing” time for the solar eclipse.

What time can we expect the eclipse in Grand Rapids? According to, Grand Rapids will be in totality at 3:11 p.m., with totality lasting 2 minutes 29 seconds. The moon will start to approach the sun at 1:56 p.m., and completely leave it’s path by 4:26 p.m.

Temperatures throughout the day are expected to be into the 70s, however once the sun is blocked we will see the temperature fall quite a bit.

Those visiting Grand Rapids will look toward the southern portion of the sky (with eclipse glasses) to see this once in a lifetime event. The Grand Rapids Chamber and businesses have worked together to make sure most everyone including restaurants and shoppes are open and portable restrooms have been placed throughout the village to handle an influx of visitors.

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