The inky shadows of solar eclipses can alter local weather on small scales, according to new analysis of a 1999 total eclipse.
Solar eclipses occur when the moon slips between Earth and the sun, causing a huge shadow to glide across our planet's surface.(See pictures from a January 2011 solar eclipse.)
Meteorologists knew an eclipse could lower temperatures within this shadow by as much as 5 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius). But they couldn't confirm anecdotal reports of changes in wind speed and direction linked to the astronomical events.