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Title: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: InVogue on November 26, 2016, 10:04:35 PM
Hi all....
Just curious if anyone here is planning on going to a requisite area for the best viewing of the Eclipse?  We are planning to be in Island Park, Idaho(Red Rock CG) and taking the car down to Rexburg, ID for the event. Figured we'd hit Yellowstone and Grand Teton's afterwards....maybe even make it up to Glacier.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: SeilerBird on November 26, 2016, 10:07:59 PM
I am planning on driving up to South Carolina on the day of the eclipse. All the hotels in the area have been booked a long time ago.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: UTTransplant on November 26, 2016, 10:13:49 PM
We are planning on trying to see it. Thinking of trying some place in Wyoming, depending on weather. We aren't planning on staying in a campground, just being flexible around any weather issues. August is when the monsoons come in out west, so we might need to do some driving to,find clear sky.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: InVogue on November 26, 2016, 10:22:32 PM
YES, I forgot to say I'm praying for clear skies also but all won't be lost, after all, I'll be in and around God's Country while near by Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. We'll be coming from So Calif, so either way, I'll make a memorable trip out of it. 
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Stephen S. on January 02, 2017, 03:23:36 PM
Probably going to just drive up for it and park in a rest area or city park with my welders goggles and other sun watching paraphernalia.

I-75 between Athens and Sweetwater TN will put me in the middle of the track. 2.5 hours from the house.

Looked at campgrounds in the dark zone as soon as I heard about it months ago. Everything has been reserved. I couldn't find an open campsite on 5 different reservation websites.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: austex on January 02, 2017, 04:08:34 PM
Eclipse path here, with state by state details:

http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/path_through_the_US.htm
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: LarsMac on January 02, 2017, 08:56:36 PM
We will head north and east from Colorado, and try to find a nice spot somewhere along the path, depending on the weather.
Back in 79 I hitchhiked from Florida up to Western Washington to view the Eclipse. When it came, we were socked in with cloud cover.
Plan to be a bit more mobile this time. Somewhere between Casper and Grand Island.


 
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Isaac-1 on January 03, 2017, 07:16:20 PM
Yes, I am in Louisiana and am tentatively considering Nebraska or Wyoming, it will all come down to what the weather forecast looks like 7-9 days out.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: LarsMac on January 07, 2017, 01:03:56 AM
Yes, I am in Louisiana and am tentatively considering Nebraska or Wyoming, it will all come down to what the weather forecast looks like 7-9 days out.

If you head up in the general direction, you can get to an area where you should be able to get a closer view of the weather (1-3 days) and have a chance to move to a better spot.
Weather systems tend to sweep from West to East that time of year, so you can watch a front, and move to be ahead of it, or get behind it for the viewing.

If the weather cooperates, St Joseph Missouri area might be a terrific location, though it may have a higher possibility of weather affecting the viewing.

 
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: BoomerD on March 11, 2017, 11:44:52 PM
We're thinking about it. It will pass about 200 miles south of us near Salem, Or...so...maybe?
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: UTTransplant on March 12, 2017, 09:27:41 AM
We have changed our (preliminary) plans. We reserved a FS campsite in Idaho just under the full eclipse line! Now if only the monsoons stay away. If not, we will watch the weather and head somewhere else. "Have wheels, will travel" is our motto.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: InVogue on March 12, 2017, 08:33:22 PM
See ya in Idaho then! I tried to gather some info from Rexburg Chamber of Commerce but have heard nothing so far. The local University will have viewing area's on campus......plan on getting a VERY early start!!!
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: AStravelers on March 13, 2017, 06:18:45 AM
One thing about the "Monsoons" in the western US.  They are thunderstorms and more frequently occur in the afternoons with the heat of the sun.  The eclipse is predicted to be around 10am to noon so hopefully the weather will cooperate.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: UTTransplant on March 13, 2017, 08:28:40 AM
I will be a bit northwest of Rexburg, north of the community of Crouch. I am actually a bit worried about the sun position and the number of trees though. I will have to check sight lines when we get there and see. I don't mind losing the camping fee if I have to - only $7.50 a day with my senior pass. Our original plan had been to go to Casper, WY. Lots of room to go west or east from there. We still might do that, but we would camp away from the eclipse line and just drive to the right spot. Campgrounds in Casper were full a couple of months ago, and they were being successful charging 2 or 3X their regular prices.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: InVogue on June 02, 2017, 09:11:31 PM
A few months ago when making reservations in Idaho(Red Rock Canyon) the owner of the campground discussed forming a group to head down to Rexburg the morning of the event. So, a few days ago I called just to verify my reservations and while talking to them, it turns out that Island Park will have(per there Chamber of Commerce) a 99% totality of the Eclipse. We may just stay right at the Campground.it certainly would make it a lot easier for the group I'm with.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Gteague on June 07, 2017, 06:19:46 PM
If you're looking for a spot to camp in Oregon and watch the solar eclipse the Wine Down Ranch still has RV packages available for the Moonshadow Festival. 4 days of live music, hiking, yoga, vendors, and a great spot to see the eclipse. www.moonshadowfestival.com
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Chet18013 on June 08, 2017, 07:10:50 AM
We are going to try to be somewhere close to Torrington, WY or Scotts Bluff, NE for the eclipse. The total eclipse passes right over this area.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Peggyy on June 08, 2017, 07:14:37 AM
I posted about this yesterday but got little response.   We are going to crossville tn to see it,
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: camperAL on June 11, 2017, 10:32:11 PM
Greetings,

For those who plan on going to see the eclipse keep these things in mind. First there will be people coming from all over the world to watch this on our turf. You should be at your site you wish to see the eclipse a good 4 or 5 days early. The roads will get snarled with traffic and many people will not reach their destinations if you don't plan far enough ahead.

Goes without saying, proper solar filters to protect your eyes are in order. When the eclipse gets down to the last few percentage of covering the Sun, it becomes easier to look more directly at the Sun and that is when eye damage often occurs.

A total solar eclipse of the Sun is an amazing thing. Look down where bushes and trees are at and you will see tiny multiple images of the eclipse on the ground. Even put a white cardboard or fine white cloth to see this better.

Don't try to leave your area right away as roads will be heavily traveled for the next few days. Sit back have a beer or pop and enjoy your surroundings, then leave when things get back to a more normal setting.

I have been to a few of these eclipses and it is amazing how an area that is desolate can be filled with hundreds of people in a very short time.

CamperAL (former observatory director, astronomy affectionado)
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: camperAL on June 13, 2017, 08:26:11 AM
Hi,

one other thing to add, I just heard a report on the areas that will be filled with people on the eclipse line. They said that food and supplies usually run low or out during an event like this as you have such a concentration of people in a small area. From my memory I can tell you this is so.

So be sure to be stocked up when you go to those areas. RV'ers have the advantage of having a mobile home that can have supplies that will last for the duration of the eclipse time line. Happy Star Gazing and RV'n.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: SeilerBird on June 13, 2017, 08:44:15 AM
I posted about this yesterday but got little response.   We are going to crossville tn to see it,
That is probably because this thread has been going since last year. We don't really need multiple thread on the exact same subject.

I just signed up to view the eclipse at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. Cost is $5 to park or $125 to camp in an RV. On the line of totality. I also found a motel room in Atlanta at a Motel 6 for $45. I will then drive up to the fairgrounds in the morning.

https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/4187/2017-south-carolina-state-fair-
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Peggyy on June 13, 2017, 08:59:51 AM
That is probably because this thread has been going since last year. We don't really need multiple thread on the exact same subject.

https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/4187/2017-south-carolina-state-fair-

I see the date on this now.  I guess I should be more observant before I comment or post.  I don't usually check the library to see if someone has already posted on the subject before I post myself.  I'll try to do better with that!  Thx.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: SeilerBird on June 13, 2017, 09:10:10 AM
I see the date on this now.  I guess I should be more observant before I comment or post.  I don't usually check the library to see if someone has already posted on the subject before I post myself.  I'll try to do better with that!  Thx.
It is not a problem except that very few people will respond to a new thread of something that already has an open thread on the subject. There is a search icon at the top of every page. Just search and your question may have already been answered.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Gsport on June 15, 2017, 12:18:40 AM
I'm going to go out the back door and watch it.  It's going right over top of me in Oregon
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: GaryA on August 16, 2017, 09:36:12 AM
We've reservations at Table Rock State Park in SC.  Looking forward to meeting new friends and seeing the big event.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: GeneS on August 16, 2017, 10:26:11 AM
I'm like GSport.  Gonna stay at Camp Faucett (my backyard) to experience the eclipse  8).  Just about 7 miles south of the St. Joseph, MO centerline.   
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: kdbgoat on August 16, 2017, 10:35:05 AM
I gotta work, but the eclipse will be about 80% here in South Delaware so it will still be worth viewing.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: CMorrow on August 16, 2017, 10:40:49 AM
In my backyard! :)
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Molaker on August 16, 2017, 10:48:07 AM
We lucked out.  One of my sons was just transferred to St. Joseph, Mo. which is directly under the eclipse path.  His furniture just arrived yesterday.  Anyway, his driveway will be our observation site.  We've got to get up there early as they are predicting the entire city to be inundated by wannabe eclipse viewers, so we plan on arriving Saturday.  I've got 5 pr. of "eclipse" glasses, so we're set.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: xrated on August 16, 2017, 10:53:47 AM
I will be sitting on my back deck.  I'm 6 miles from Vonore, TN....pretty much in the center of the totality area
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: GaryA on August 16, 2017, 01:06:16 PM
I will be sitting on my back deck.  I'm 6 miles from Vonore, TN....pretty much in the center of the totality area

My home is in the 98% area.  Wasn't good enough so I got a campground in  the 100% zone.  Like that'll make a noticeable difference.... 8)
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: winona on August 16, 2017, 01:30:39 PM
From reading the rest of the posts, maybe I'll be the only one in southern Illinois watching it??

We have reservations at the campground at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois.  We'll have 2 minutes 0 seconds of totality but could drive another 20 miles south (along with a kazillion others) and get all of an additional 37 seconds.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Tom and Margi on August 16, 2017, 02:01:51 PM
We'll be staying indoors trying to stay out of the way of the million or so viewers who are predicted to descend on our area of Oregon.  Shopping ahead so we can stay off the roads.  We have proper glasses if we want to sneak a peak.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Peggyy on August 16, 2017, 02:10:46 PM
Hope everyone takes the proper precautions to view!  Please be safe!
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: xrated on August 16, 2017, 02:40:30 PM
Hope everyone takes the proper precautions to view!  Please be safe!

I'm playing it safe.  I'm having my wife watch it for me, then tell me what it looked like!   8)
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Peggyy on August 16, 2017, 03:17:38 PM
I'm playing it safe.  I'm having my wife watch it for me, then tell me what it looked like!   8)
I might do the same thing and let DH  Watch it    Lol.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Larry N. on August 16, 2017, 06:27:23 PM
Interestingly, on our way home from the Tetons on Sunday, the electronic road signs along I-25 stated "No oversized/weight loads Aug 20-22" -- guess they're expecting lots of traffic.

We're in the 92% area, and have no desire to fight the crowds, even though it's only about 3 hours drive north of here.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on August 16, 2017, 08:16:34 PM
We are in a 99% area, so will just walk a few hundred yards down to the town park and view.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Tom and Margi on August 16, 2017, 09:16:40 PM
We are under red flag fire warnings here in Oregon.  Local news is broadcasting concerns that people might pull over, in cars, in unsafe areas to watch and exacerbate the danger. 
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: WILDEBILL308 on August 16, 2017, 09:59:15 PM
We will be in the St Louis area or just a little south.
Bill
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: fjhill on August 17, 2017, 01:25:53 PM
DW and I are gonna fly a C172 from Wichita to the totality in northern KS, watch from the plane and fly back.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: GaryA on August 17, 2017, 03:57:07 PM
DW and I are gonna fly a C172 from Wichita to the totality in northern KS, watch from the plane and fly back.

They say traffic will be bad.......be careful up there.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: TonyDtorch on August 17, 2017, 07:47:21 PM
I figure it's gonna be kinda like going to the Super Bowl... 

I went to Super Bowl 27,    I could have had a much better view of it watching TV.


BTW.     Do you think my old arc welding helmet with a #10 lens would work ?    8)
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Tom and Margi on August 17, 2017, 08:37:01 PM
Local news (Eugene, OR) posts photos of 15 mile long traffic jam near Prineville.  And, it's only Thursday.  Gonna be crazy.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: PancakeBill on August 18, 2017, 07:13:00 AM
We will be closing the Visitor Center at Old Faithful along with my bookstore so everyone will be outside.  We are in the 98% area.  Debating whether or not to attempt to photograph it. 

Be safe, follow the guides on safe viewing.

Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: xrated on August 18, 2017, 07:21:17 AM
I figure it's gonna be kinda like going to the Super Bowl... 

I went to Super Bowl 27,    I could have had a much better view of it watching TV.


BTW.     Do you think my old arc welding helmet with a #10 lens would work ?    8)

It's been a lot of years ago, but I watched a partial eclipse back in the 80's with a welding helmet and if I'm remembering correctly (maybe....maybe not), I had a #9 lens in it.  If you are serious about doing that, just make sure that there are no scratches or any type of flaws that might allow the sunlight to go unfiltered.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: NY_Dutch on August 18, 2017, 07:28:09 AM
A friend of ours is in the totality zone near Columbia, SC and invited us to join him. He called me though, to ask if I thought he should winterize his RV in case the temps dropped below freezing when the sun's heat was blocked. I asked him what happens when it's blocked every night, and he just said, "Oh... I didn't think of that!". :)

My wife and I discussed it long ago, and decided the 65-70% or so of it we'll see in the Adirondacks was enough for us instead of dealing with the traffic and crowds.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Molaker on August 18, 2017, 08:51:28 AM
Oh great.  I just got an email from Amazon telling me not to use the solar eclipse glasses I bought from them several weeks ago.  They state they do not meet the NASA ISO specs.  Of course, there isn't a pair to be found at a store now and it's too late to order some more.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: SeilerBird on August 18, 2017, 08:55:51 AM
Local news (Eugene, OR) posts photos of 15 mile long traffic jam near Prineville.  And, it's only Thursday.  Gonna be crazy.
Margi I am sorry I doubted you. I thought you were making a desperate attempt to keep the Californians away since I know how much Oregon hates California. I should have known you were honest. I found this clip in the news.

http://www.kgw.com/news/aerial-view-of-prineville-area-traffic-backup/465230379
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Larry N. on August 18, 2017, 09:43:25 AM
Tom, that's happening anywhere near the full eclipse line -- Colorado is banning wide/oversized loads until two or three days after the eclipse, for fear of traffic problems. Wyoming is doing the same from Aug 20-22. The news is full of preps for the expected extra heavy traffic, including the highway patrol changing the distribution of their troopers to handle the expected traffic jams. It's being compared to a holiday weekend, only worse, even here in Colorado (Denver is in the 92% zone). And not just interstates -- U.S. and state highways are subject to the same problem. The news last night reported that one hotel in Casper (center of totality area) is getting $2500 for the night before the eclipse.

In other words, madness everywhere.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Stephen S. on August 18, 2017, 06:06:24 PM
Supervisors supervisor came around yesterday and told us that the company execs decided to let workers clock out at 11:00 am Monday without having to use sick time or vacation.

I'm going to make a pinhole box this weekend, then clock out around 1:00~1:30 on Monday and go out to the parking lot to check out the sky show.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: NY_Dutch on August 18, 2017, 06:27:23 PM
I got a service alert from FEDEX today warning that there may be pickup and delivery delays in areas along the eclipse path due to traffic issues.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: UTTransplant on August 19, 2017, 02:54:19 PM
We are happily set up in a Forest Service campground in Idah, right in the totality area. However there are so many people expected the local farmers are advertising $200 dry camping spots. Everyone who doesn't want someone setting up in their fields have installed new barriers and brand new No Trespassing signs. We drove to town today to pick up some last minute items, and there was a steady stream of RV and tent campers headed into the mountains. We plan on staying put until Tuesday.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: LarsMac on August 19, 2017, 05:33:15 PM
I know that Capn Morgan is basically at ground zero in Wyoming for this thing. hope he will get some nice pics.

We are going to be stuck at Loveland Lazy Days, this week, getting a rather nasty leak fixed in the Dancer's overcab.

 
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: John Stephens on August 19, 2017, 11:16:32 PM
The wife and I were planning on driving from Mama Gertie's in Swannanoa, NC to Creekside RV Park in Pigeon Forge on Monday. Because of the news indicating there will probably be massive traffic jams, even on the interstates on Monday, we have decided to leave tomorrow instead and hope that even leaving a day earlier, it won't be too long of a trip.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: NY_Dutch on August 20, 2017, 07:08:31 AM
We're going to miss this one except for the 66% of it we'll see here in upstate NY. If we're here for the next one in 2024 though, we'll be in the 98.8% region.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: SeilerBird on August 20, 2017, 07:37:20 AM
There are four storms lined up in the Atlantic heading straight for North America. I really doubt we will have clear skies on the east coast. We have had cloudy skies for the last week here in central Florida. So I agree with the above poster, this is like the
Super Bowl so we are better off watching it at home. Especially considering the massive traffic jams being reported. It is 85% here and that is good enough if the skies clear.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/hurricane/atlantic
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Old Radios on August 20, 2017, 09:48:10 AM
Arrived in Nashville last night.  Son's house is in the 100% area just outside town.  We're staying put and doing a BBQ outside during it.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: AStravelers on August 20, 2017, 10:48:04 AM
Local news (Eugene, OR) posts photos of 15 mile long traffic jam near Prineville.  And, it's only Thursday.  Gonna be crazy.
the traffic jam near Prineville on US-26 was missleading.  There is a huge eclipse festival in the mountains SE of Prineville which started Thursday.  Probably 5000-10,000 people in attendance.  That is what caused the traffic jam.  At noon on Friday the traffic was flowing at about the speed limit.

I'm sure Monday morning will be a mad house of traffic though.   
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: AStravelers on August 20, 2017, 11:08:59 AM
We have been set up for about 11 days boondocking in the NF near John Day, OR. We are about 2-3 miles from the center of totality.  Weather is predicted to be clear for tomorrow. 

We downloaded the Global Observer app, associated with NASA, to take observations of temperature and cloud cover starting today and during the time around the eclipse. 

We should be one of many thousands taking observations for NASA so they will have detailed data associated with the eclipse. 
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: SeilerBird on August 20, 2017, 11:15:05 AM
We have been set up for about 11 days boondocking in the NF near John Day, OR. We are about 2-3 miles from the center of totality.  Weather is predicted to be clear for tomorrow. 

We downloaded the Global Observer app, associated with NASA, to take observations of temperature and cloud cover starting today and during the time around the eclipse. 

We should be one of many thousands taking observations for NASA so they will have detailed data associated with the eclipse.
This is going to be the most well observed, reported and appreciated eclipse in all of history. Historical day tomorrow. :))
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Tom and Margi on August 20, 2017, 11:42:07 AM
With the notable exception of that zoo in Prineville, traffic in Oregon has so far been lighter than expected.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Larry N. on August 20, 2017, 12:49:59 PM
This is going to be the most well observed, reported and appreciated eclipse in all of history. Historical day tomorrow. :))

And perhaps hysterical in places, too...  :o ::) :D
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: SeilerBird on August 20, 2017, 01:52:50 PM
In case you are wondering about the weather tomorrow here is the cloud cover for the whole country.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/20/total-solar-eclipse-weather-forecast-as-of-aug-20/?utm_term=.8d81c5fe336f
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: NY_Dutch on August 20, 2017, 06:57:56 PM
In case you are wondering about the weather tomorrow here is the cloud cover for the whole country.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/20/total-solar-eclipse-weather-forecast-as-of-aug-20/?utm_term=.8d81c5fe336f

Subscription required...

The Weather Channel has it with no subscription needed:

https://weather.com/forecast/national/news/solar-eclipse-weather-forecast-august-2017
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Lou Schneider on August 20, 2017, 07:19:32 PM
I'm at the Goldeneye Reservoir Overflow BLM area on Hwy 26 about 20 miles west of Casper, WY.  Almost smack dab on the centerline of totality.  Google Maps calls this Burlington Lake and will find it using either name.

I think they may have overestimated the crowds, I didn't have any problem driving up from Ouray.  But when I stopped at the Walmart in Craig, I overheard a local say he's never seen so much traffic on Hwy 13 going north - he saw groups of 8-10 cars in a row.  I guess it's a matter of perspective.

The town of Lander, WY had speed traps out in force with radar guns at both ends of town, 3 police cruisers standing by to pounce on speeders and a couple of sheriff's cars cruising up and down Main Street.

AT&T has a great signal on tbe Mobley.  Not bad for a free site.

There are scattered clouds that are supposed to dissipate overnight, and tomorrow is supposed to be clear skies.  We'll see.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Tom and Margi on August 20, 2017, 07:35:14 PM
We're beginning to see signs of "over-hype"?  http://www.kezi.com/story/36175939/lincoln-city-eerily-quiet-as-eclipse-travelers-trickle-in   Lincoln City is the first point of entry for the eclipse on the Oregon Coast.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: John Stephens on August 20, 2017, 09:08:33 PM
We made it from Asheville to Pigeon Forge this afternoon without a problem and nominal traffic on I-40. We have no idea what to expect tomorrow morning or afternoon trying to drive 15 miles to the path of totality, but we will be taking a car on mountain roads to get there, so there may be accidents on the switchbacks.

I think there is a strong possibility that the news of impending historical traffic jams may scare enough people into staying home that the traffic may not be that bad. Same thing happened in St. Louis a few years ago when the Pope visited the town. The news talked about massive traffic problems to the point that most people decided to stay home and there were no traffic issues at all.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: LarsMac on August 20, 2017, 11:36:29 PM
...
I think there is a strong possibility that the news of impending historical traffic jams may scare enough people into staying home that the traffic may not be that bad. Same thing happened in St. Louis a few years ago when the Pope visited the town. The news talked about massive traffic problems to the point that most people decided to stay home and there were no traffic issues at all.

Well,..., Good luck with that.

Here, A lot of people headed up to Wyoming today because of that kind of talk in the news.
We'll see what I-25 looks like in the morning.
More interesting will be the return traffic in the evening.

Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: prnebs on August 21, 2017, 12:10:46 AM
Its kind of like when they are predicting the snow storm that is going to dump quadzillion inches of snow and people swarm the gas stations and grocery stores, you can't find snow boots or gloves at any store, schools and business close, the generators are primed and the snow plows are at the ready and start when there is a trace of snow on the highway, and it turns out to be a few inches of snow. The media has so much influence.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Rene T on August 21, 2017, 04:09:31 AM
We're going to miss this one except for the 66% of it we'll see here in upstate NY. If we're here for the next one in 2024 though, we'll be in the 98.8% region.

I don't know what the big deal is. I could care less if I see it or not. To me it's just another day. People are driving 100's of miles to see this. One person interviewed on TV drove 1300 miles to see the daylight turn dark for a short time. If I watch it at all, it will be on TV unless I've got something better to do which will be most anything. Now that I think of it, that will be just about my nap time.   ;D :D ;) Have to set my priorities you know.   Anyone agree with me? 
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: NY_Dutch on August 21, 2017, 06:53:26 AM
I don't know what the big deal is. I could care less if I see it or not. To me it's just another day. People are driving 100's of miles to see this. One person interviewed on TV drove 1300 miles to see the daylight turn dark for a short time. If I watch it at all, it will be on TV unless I've got something better to do which will be most anything. Now that I think of it, that will be just about my nap time.   ;D :D ;) Have to set my priorities you know.   Anyone agree with me? 

I agree, Rene. Unless it blocks more than 90% of the sun, we likely won't even notice any difference here anyway. Maybe a slight dimming like a cloud passing by. We're more than willing to wait for the next one to come to us, and see no reason to go out of our way to see it. The basic definition of an eclipse is "A celestial body passing between the sun and the observer." and that happens every night.  ;D
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: SeilerBird on August 21, 2017, 06:55:03 AM
The cool thing is that this is a national event of great magnitude, unlike the last one, Y2K, this one will really happen.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: NY_Dutch on August 21, 2017, 08:01:53 AM
The cool thing is that this is a national event of great magnitude, unlike the last one, Y2K, this one will really happen.

You apparently weren't in IT back then, Tom. Those of us that were put in many long hours trying to make sure that Y2K was pretty much a non-event. I spent that New Year's Eve and morning monitoring corporate servers in three countries to catch any last minute unforeseen glitches that could impact production or payroll. I know of one company in France that had to scrap nearly a million dollars in aircraft parts that were produced with incorrect date codes laser etched on them before QA caught it. In the US, one of the largest payroll processing companies had to rerun thousands of checks that were printed with "1900" when the date didn't increment properly. It wasn't anywhere near as bad as the predictions, but that was in large part because we did our best to prepare for it.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: xrated on August 21, 2017, 10:06:23 AM
I don't know what the big deal is. I could care less if I see it or not. To me it's just another day. People are driving 100's of miles to see this. One person interviewed on TV drove 1300 miles to see the daylight turn dark for a short time. If I watch it at all, it will be on TV unless I've got something better to do which will be most anything. Now that I think of it, that will be just about my nap time.   ;D :D ;) Have to set my priorities you know.   Anyone agree with me?

I disagree with you, as it's a once in a lifetime event for me.  Having said that, of course it's easier for me to say as I don't have to travel other than from the kitchen out onto the deck on the back of the house.  We are in the 100% zone or totality zone and only about 20 miles or so from dead center.  Of course there will be others in my lifetime, if I live long enough, but the no travel on this one makes it Epic for me.......even if it's only a couple of minutes long!
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: LarsMac on August 21, 2017, 10:56:09 AM
I don't know what the big deal is. I could care less if I see it or not. To me it's just another day. People are driving 100's of miles to see this. One person interviewed on TV drove 1300 miles to see the daylight turn dark for a short time. If I watch it at all, it will be on TV unless I've got something better to do which will be most anything. Now that I think of it, that will be just about my nap time.   ;D :D ;) Have to set my priorities you know.   Anyone agree with me?

Well, if you've never seen on, you're missing a pretty rare, and quite fascinating event.
I am not sure it can possibly live up to all the hype, this time, though.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: LarsMac on August 21, 2017, 10:58:50 AM
You apparently weren't in IT back then, Tom. Those of us that were put in many long hours trying to make sure that Y2K was pretty much a non-event. I spent that New Year's Eve and morning monitoring corporate servers in three countries to catch any last minute unforeseen glitches that could impact production or payroll. I know of one company in France that had to scrap nearly a million dollars in aircraft parts that were produced with incorrect date codes laser etched on them before QA caught it. In the US, one of the largest payroll processing companies had to rerun thousands of checks that were printed with "1900" when the date didn't increment properly. It wasn't anywhere near as bad as the predictions, but that was in large part because we did our best to prepare for it.

Well said. I was on the Y2K team for our company, and we also put in a lot of time and work to make sure that it was a non-event.
We done good.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: NY_Dutch on August 21, 2017, 11:06:41 AM
Well, if you've never seen on, you're missing a pretty rare, and quite fascinating event.
I am not sure it can possibly live up to all the hype, this time, though.

I have seen both total solar and lunar eclipses, and frankly, while it was interesting to see them, it really wasn't that big a deal. If I were a scientist studying the sun, it would be different I suppose, but I'm not, so I see little difference in the few minutes of darkness in the small totality band and the total eclipse that occurs here daily, other than the timing difference.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: NY_Dutch on August 21, 2017, 11:09:12 AM
Well said. I was on the Y2K team for our company, and we also put in a lot of time and work to make sure that it was a non-event.
We done good.

Yep... Overall it went remarkably well...
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Rene T on August 21, 2017, 12:06:23 PM
I have seen both total solar and lunar eclipses, and frankly, while it was interesting to see them, it really wasn't that big a deal. If I were a scientist studying the sun, it would be different I suppose, but I'm not, so I see little difference in the few minutes of darkness in the small totality band and the total eclipse that occurs here daily, other than the timing difference.

X2.  It's not going to make me any richer. Now winning the Powerball this week will.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Tom and Margi on August 21, 2017, 12:12:30 PM
Just walked to the end of the deck for a look through the glasses.  OK.  I've seen it.  Guess I just don't have the eclipse excitement gene.  ???
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: BinaryBob on August 21, 2017, 01:22:26 PM
OK.. For all you naysayers who don't think the eclipse is a big deal.
I just went outside and took a pic of this mind boggling fascinating event.
One look at this and you'll change you're mind.... 8) 8)
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: xrated on August 21, 2017, 02:04:14 PM
My wife and I just got through watching it....quite amazing for sure.  I celebrated with a shot or three of "moonshine"......which seemed very appropriate considering what the moon did to the sun.  I'm not much of a drinker so about three ounces has my head swimming a bit!  H.E.D.......
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: kdbgoat on August 21, 2017, 02:26:00 PM
Great gobs of folks here at work watched it. The eclipse glasses were a disappointment. I looked through three sets of different manufacturers. They all had double vision. Our welding helmets set on shade 13 worked very well and gave a really good view.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on August 21, 2017, 03:40:53 PM
    BinaryBob, I certainly agree with your comments.  Several years ago, we were set up in Salt Lake City, all prepared to see an almost total, well those people who were 20 miles to our south shared the most glorious pictures, our were of total cloud cover.  A total BUMMER.  So, this time we were only getting about 50% here in New Brunswick, and we had slight cloud cover, and I just kept driving.  We get a tolal 100% one in 2024, but we will be in Florida, just can't win for losing.   :(

Ed
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Molaker on August 21, 2017, 04:17:22 PM
OK.. For all you naysayers who don't think the eclipse is a big deal.
I just went outside and took a pic of this mind boggling fascinating event.
One look at this and you'll change you're mind.... 8) 8)
Where were you, Bob?  Your photo sure looks a lot like my view.  We were at St Joseph, Mo. which was under the 100% path.  But, instead, we were 100% clouds. :(
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: BinaryBob on August 21, 2017, 04:24:41 PM
Wayzata, MN
It was overcast all day. The eclipse here didn't even darken the (already darkened) sky.
Bummer....
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Lou Schneider on August 21, 2017, 04:40:32 PM
Casper, WY was overcast yesterday but cleared this morning with some brown tinge at the horizon from the Canadian wildfires and an occasional thin, whispy cloud this morning. 

IMO, the total eclipse lived up to the hype.  As totality approached and the light dimmed to twilight levels, flocks of birds took off and began searching for nighttime roosts.  The single streetlight across the highway came on.  Road traffic dropped to nothing, then came back with a vengeance after totality passed.

At totality, you could see Saturn (I think) directly overhead.

The air temperature did indeed drop 10-20 degrees for 20 minutes or so.

After totality was over, I drove past Casper's airport, where there was a string of 5-10 private jets lining up to take off.  They had something like 100 private planes land this morning so they should be busy all day.

I'm sitting on the BLM land watching the madhouse of people leaving town and will probably head out sometime tomorrow.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: JFN on August 21, 2017, 05:44:55 PM
Here in North PROC it was dim and eerie, we watched it on the NASA Channel and was quite good coverage I'm sure there will be replays.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Stephen S. on August 21, 2017, 10:01:45 PM
I got off work and went to my usual diner. Stepped out every now and then to check the progress. Had a good view with few clouds here in Georgia. My sister and niece were not as lucky. It rained in eastern Kansas.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: John Stephens on August 21, 2017, 10:44:05 PM
A perfect day for my wife, the dogs and me to view the total eclipse from Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains. Only took 40 minutes to drive there from our RV park, but four hours to drive back.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: ArdraF on August 21, 2017, 11:20:37 PM
We saw a good bit of it in Glenwood Springs CO, although not totality.  The temperature also dropped a few degrees here and we thought maybe it wasn't quite as bright to the north as it had been earlier.  Our family in Greenville SC were in the totality zone and our grand-niece thought it special enough to call and tell us about how it got dark there.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: winona on August 23, 2017, 09:43:05 PM
Guess I was really lucky in DuQuoin, Illinois.  We had 2 minutes but farther south near Carbondale was to have 2 minutes 47 seconds or some such.  They wound up with about 20 seconds due to cloud cover.  We enjoyed the full eclipse, start to finish, with no cloud cover.  Absolutely awesome!  Cicadas started singing, could see stars, and the clouds around the horizon just glowed.  Not totally dark, but kind of a weird dark dusky.  Was worth sitting around Winona the Winnebago with friends and family!

Carbondale was predicting record traffic, sold out food and gas, etc. which didn't materialize, maybe too much hype.

What was fun to watch was the traffic on Google Maps.  The red lines of congestion followed the path of totality.  And yes, we waited till Tuesday to come home.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: InVogue on September 24, 2017, 04:59:01 AM
Well, since I started this post I figured I may as well come back to comment on it. The best laid plans...you know how that goes. While enroute to Idaho(we were in Yuba City area of Ca), we ran into a few issues on the way to our viewing of the Eclipse. First problem was the Transmission on the MH was acting up but I was still willing to attempt it until the second issue arrived. One of our Doggies (our 13 year old Cavalier, Cassie) made a trip to the Emergency Vet and unfortunately continued to the Rainbow Bridge. This was totally unexpected and put a real damper on the trip. We did view the partial Eclipse (via the funky glass's) and from what we observed, it was wonderful.

I planned almost a year in advance for this but life happens. Glad so many here got to see the totality I'll have to wait till next time.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Roy M on September 24, 2017, 01:28:45 PM
We noticed a slight darkening but not really noticeable unless someone was looking for it.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: ArdraF on September 24, 2017, 03:33:04 PM
We were in Glenwood Springs CO and saw most of it with the glasses shared by a neighbor.  The air temperature definitely got cooler as it progressed and the light dimmed but it wasn't almost dark as we saw in some places on TV.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: Lou Schneider on September 24, 2017, 05:33:20 PM
"Close" isn't good enough when talking about a total eclipse.  Even 97% totality lets enough light past to negate the darkness you experience with totality.

I was in Casper, WY right along the centerline of totality and it was quite the experience.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: UTTransplant on September 24, 2017, 07:20:37 PM
We were 75 miles north of Boise Idaho with just over two minutes of totality. It was an even more amazing experiemce that I anticipated! Lou is right; close is nothing like the real thing.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: prnebs on September 25, 2017, 12:40:38 AM
Well, since I started this post I figured I may as well come back to comment on it. The best laid plans...you know how that goes. While enroute to Idaho(we were in Yuba City area of Ca), we ran into a few issues on the way to our viewing of the Eclipse. First problem was the Transmission on the MH was acting up but I was still willing to attempt it until the second issue arrived. One of our Doggies (our 13 year old Cavalier, Cassie) made a trip to the Emergency Vet and unfortunately continued to the Rainbow Bridge. This was totally unexpected and put a real damper on the trip. We did view the partial Eclipse (via the funky glass's) and from what we observed, it was wonderful.  planned almost a year in advance for this but life happens. Glad so many here got to see the totalityll have to wait till next time.

So sorry to hear about your friend Cassie, I'm sure there are great memories to help travel the bridge.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: WILDEBILL308 on September 28, 2017, 07:40:18 PM
Sad to hear of your loss.
We were near Saint Louis and it was so cloudy and dark I never saw it even get darker :o.
Bill
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: jackiemac on September 28, 2017, 09:40:51 PM
Well, since I started this post I figured I may as well come back to comment on it. The best laid plans...you know how that goes. While enroute to Idaho(we were in Yuba City area of Ca), we ran into a few issues on the way to our viewing of the Eclipse. First problem was the Transmission on the MH was acting up but I was still willing to attempt it until the second issue arrived. One of our Doggies (our 13 year old Cavalier, Cassie) made a trip to the Emergency Vet and unfortunately continued to the Rainbow Bridge. This was totally unexpected and put a real damper on the trip. We did view the partial Eclipse (via the funky glass's) and from what we observed, it was wonderful.

I planned almost a year in advance for this but life happens. Glad so many here got to see the totality I'll have to wait till next time.
How sad. Dogs enrich our lives so very much Nd they leave a big hole when they go. Sorry you missed the eclipse it was amazing. You can always plan for the next one. Big hugs being sent.
Title: Re: Total Eclipse...anyone taking it in August 21, 2017?
Post by: InVogue on September 29, 2017, 06:51:51 PM
Thank You all for your kind words for our LiL Girl, Cassie.....
Seeing the partial Eclipse just makes us want to get the whole experience even more. I'll be planning on it....
Thanks again!