One of the reasons I chose to go to Idaho to view the solar eclipse in August was the state's close proximity to California.
Another reason was that historically, on average, the area that I will be heading to has had clear skies on August 21. It would be a bummer to go somewhere to view a rare total eclipse and the place is covered in clouds.
There are no guarantees of clear skies, but Space.com has an article just on this subject.
It begins with:
The total solar eclipse that will cross the continental U.S. from coast to coast is only two months away. On Aug. 21, millions of people are expected to commute into the path of totality to see this amazing celestial sight — including some of the staff of Space.com.
Four of our staff members — including myself — will be traveling to see the total eclipse. The eclipse will be visible along a path that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, so there are plenty of places for people to see the total eclipse. There are many good reasons to select one location over another, including the availability of lodging, the likelihood of good weather, and local events.To read more, go here.