Weatherman Al Roker

Al Roker will covering the upcoming rare total solar eclipse from aboard the USS Yorktown. 

Al Roker, the nation's most recognizable weatherman, will cover the rare total solar eclipse later this month from aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown, Patriots Point announced Wednesday. 

The "Today" show co-anchor and weather personality will do dispatches aboard the famous ship in Charleston Harbor as part of the Aug. 21 "Eclipse on a Warship" event hosted by Patriots Point in conjunction with ABC News 4 (WCIV-TV).

"We've actually been in talks with NBC for quite a while now," said Christopher Hauff, public information officer for Patriots Point. 

Hauff said having Roker come to Charleston is a huge deal. In fact, the museum is making some adjustments to accommodate the legendary weatherman.

For starters, the museum normally opens at 9 a.m. The "Today" show starts at 7 a.m. on weekdays.

But for Roker and his massive audience? It's worth it, Hauff said.

"It's a nationwide show. You're talking about millions of people," Hauff said. "People will see Charleston that day not only as being in the path of totality, but they'll see the work we do. We're a museum and it's great things for us in terms of outreach."

Hauff said Roker is expected to arrive early that morning for the show. Another correspondent is expected to accompany him.

In the Charleston region, the eclipse will be visible beginning at 2:41 p.m.

A total eclipse — when the moon passes directly in front of the sun, putting the Earth in shadow — is a relatively rare event for most people. 

Hauff said there are discussions about having people up on the flight deck alongside Roker, similar to the way the New York show highlights the crowd that lines up with signs to see the live show each day.

"It may be a special ticket or RSVP system," Hauff said. "We will be sure to announce any details once they are finalized."

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Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.