While the sun is peeking through midmorning haze in the suburbs, clouds and a chance of thunderstorms in the early afternoon could ruin plans for skywatchers to witness today's much ballyhooed solar eclipse. Meteorologists say thunderstorms are most likely after 2 p.m., but cloud cover is expected throughout the day. Weather satellites show a thick band of clouds inching eastward from Missouri and Iowa.
Meteorologists are hopeful a shift in weather patterns will mean Chicago and the suburbs will get a better view of the eclipse than previously forecast. Clouds may still obstruct the view of the moon passing between the sun and the Earth, but they will likely be cirrus clouds and not the thicker cumulus clouds. A band of cumulus clouds from Missouri and Iowa are passing through the midsection of the state from the east and not pushing north as initially predicted.
Chicago and most of its suburbs were under a blanket of clouds as the eclipse began today. Weather radar images showed cirrus clouds had moved over northern Illinois, casting a soupy pall over an eagerly anticipated celestial event. The sun was visible, but because of the haze, skywatchers had trouble making out the beginning of the eclipse that started just before noon in the area.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".