Aug. 21, 2017 - U.S. Eclipse Path

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

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    On the Road #ChasingDarkness...

    U.S. 41 between Evansville, IN and Henderson, KY was jammed! I felt bad for those heading to Hopkinsville, KY on the same whereas I turned SW on U.S. 60 heading towards Lola, KY. Much lighter traffic for sure.

    I stopped for a quick break in Marion, KY at a McDonald's. The locals have turned the event into a town party! A lot of towns people on the street, eclipse maps are spread out on numerous tables, discussion all around about the eclipse, and there are numerous business signs stating the same. Great stuff!!

    Look at this McDonald's notice. They are shutting down ops for totality. Great Management here imho.

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  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    On the Road #ChasingDarkness...

    U.S. 41 between Evansville, IN and Henderson, KY was jammed! I felt bad for those heading to Hopkinsville, KY on the same whereas I turned SW on U.S. 60 heading towards Lola, KY. Much lighter traffic for sure.

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    I stopped for a quick break in Marion, KY at a McDonald's. The locals have turned the event into a town party! A lot of towns people on the street, eclipse maps are spread out on numerous tables, discussion all around about the eclipse, and there are numerous business signs stating the same. Great stuff!!

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    Look at this McDonald's notice. They are shutting down ops for totality. Great Management here imho.

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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I am parked on a country road off of KY County 133 south of Salem, KY. Nobody here, and the sky is clear. Perfect! ☺

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  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    So happy I chose KY-133 near Salem, KY. About 10 percent now and it's coming!

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  5. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Cloudy and raining here :(
     
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  6. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    I'm staying off the streets even though my area will only get a partial eclipse. I think risk of accidents will increase.

    Oh, regarding viewing from an elevated position and seeing the shadow approach, especially in the clouds, I hope someone with a decent drone will capture some unforgettable video clips.
     
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  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    I am so sorry Mike. ☹
     
  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Clouds are moving in. ☹

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  9. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    It was partly cloudy here, but luckily the clouds stayed out of the way for me. A friend a few miles away, reported clouds and RAIN during the eclipse, which he'd elaborately planned to photograph.

    The corona was brighter than I expected.
     
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  10. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    In SE Idaho, me and some friends hiked up a trail in the foothills east of the Snake River Valley. A good time was had by all. This eclipse was quite unlike the '79 one. There were no clouds this time and instead of the sharply delineated penumbra we got a gradual darkening and then more rapid darkening till it was dark enough to see Venus. It was an eclipse full of surprises for those of us who had seen the earlier one. Good company made this eclipse special.
     
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  11. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    That's a good description of what I saw in South Carolina, so now I feel better about not seeing the "sharply delineated penumbra" you described seeing in '79. It never got very dark, because there was 360-degree dawn-like light on the horizon, as well as the bright corona.

    So that was Venus I saw below and to the right (west) of the corona?
     
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  12. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    Well folks start planning for the Total Eclipse of 2024.

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  13. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    I think so.

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  14. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    The lucky folks in Makanda, IL, Carbondale, IL, and Pomona, IL get to see both eclipses from home! Not fair!

    We met some eclipse chasers from Connecticut at our site and they are already planning for Texas in 2024. Also for the total solar eclipse in 2019 in Chile and Argentina.
     
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  15. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    My boss had the glasses so I got to go outside around 2:45pm and see the peak of the eclipse. We had 68% coverage here. The sun looked like a crescent moon tilted 90 degrees, in an eerie reddish amber color due to the lenses of the special glasses. Perfect sunny day here, so during the height of the event, it still looked like a sunny day outside, but one where someone turned the brightness knob down by about half. I remarked that it's similar to being snow-blind on a sunny day after a heavy snow, where your eyes adjust to the light level and the sunshine looks comparatively dim.
    I was watching the temperatures reported by the local weather station on the wunderground.com site and I noticed the temperature slowly drop over an hour, going down by a total of about 7 degrees - from 89 to 82, and then slowly climb back up as 4pm approached - when the sun was no longer blocked. It rose again to about 86 - consistent with the temperature fall as afternoon progresses.
    No apparent affect on the birds or squirrels or any other suburban wildlife - they didn't seem to notice.
     
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  16. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    We had 82% here. I don't know if it was related, but it was eerily calm and quiet. No birds, no breeze, no nothing. Just stillness.

    Planning for the next one. We'll be 99%, can't miss it for a few minutes of driving!
     
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  17. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    At the office, they were talking about the next one heading south to north and also crossing over Buffalo NY - an 8 hour drive from our area. Thinking we should book the hotel rooms now at Niagara Falls (next town over from Buffalo) so we can see the eclipse while lounging next to the waterfall.
     
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  18. basjoos

    basjoos Well-Known Member

    Here, the steady breeze died out during the eclipse and the cumulus clouds dispersed as we approached totality. The breeze restarted as the sun returned to normal and the cumulus clouds gradually returned. A cumulo-nimbus that was building on the horizon kept on building. Saw Venus, but didn't see Mercury or any stars. Nice corona ringed hole in the sky. Could see sun lit clouds in the distance in all directions.
     
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  19. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    It was silent and still here too. No birds, no crickets, no sheep, cows, chickens. No breeze. Just... nothing.
     
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  20. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
    Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
     
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