In preparation for the Aug 1999 total solar eclipse, I travelled to a friend's house in Honiton, Devon (south coast UK), the day before the eclipse. We were deciding the best place to visit to view the eclipse. That evening I checked the satellite imagery on the internet and saw that clouds were coming in from the west and so the best chance would be to go as far east as possible while remaining in the path of totality. So I checked the online map and Torbay seemed a good place. Luckily, we were travelling almost due south and this worked out very well because the roads were clear - everyone was travelling east to Cornwall. Although it was cloudy, there were frequent gaps and we got some great clear views of Baily's beads including the corona during totality. In Cornwall, they saw nothing - it was a complete white-out for the entire eclipse. I was one of the very few who actually got to see it in the UK. Ok, we were lucky in some regards, but performing the cloud/wind direction checks was essential in our case.