Lives were lost in a mudslide in Sierra Leone and during typhoon Hato in southern China, while the solar eclipse caused a mild temperature drop across America

Last Monday the solar eclipse plunged parts of North America into around two minutes of darkness for the first time in 38 years. However, solar eclipses modify more than just the sunlight, with a domino effect on the weather too.

Unsurprisingly, whilst clear skies are favoured for viewing conditions, they also produce marked weather changes in both temperature and surface winds. Beneath cloudy skies, the temperature decrease will be minimised as less heat is lost from the Earth’s surface. But the average temperature drop under clear skies in the path of totality is between 5F and 10F. An 11F drop was recorded in Pocatello, Idaho.

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