Well, my driveway was only going to give me a 70%-ish coverage of the eclipse, and that percentage matched the roughly 70% cloud cover today. My best view was supposed to be at around 10:30 but the sun was behind a cloud from 15 minutes before the peak to 15 minutes after its max.
My neighbor and I did see the eclipse before and after the peak through my 2012 Transit of Venus glasses. Even with the clouds, northern AZ did not seem especially dark at any time so I'm sure the wild animals, livestock and pets did not get confused.
Not all in AZ were interested in viewing the event:
My Denver-area brother drove to western Nebraska for 100% coverage of the sun and I await his review later today.
So how was your experience today?
I am in the 92% zone, but viewing the eclipse was pretty much a bust. We had heavy overcast. You could see the sun through the clouds, but it was just a bright blur. It got somewhat dark, maybe similar to 7:30 or 8 pm this time of year. Temperature dropped about 3 degrees.
I am in 80% zone and it is pretty to look at.
I am in 75% zone. Looked amazing.
the eclipse very much.
Location: Just north of Wash D.C.
Mixed cloud cover & clear, but VERY humid out.
Hope I last until the next major one!
In Rochester NY. I didn't have any glasses so used a pin hole in a piece of cardboard with another white piece under it. What I saw was the sun with part of it missing. It actually looked like what you would see with a partial moon. it was pretty neat.
I'm waiting to hear from my Daughter. She is in Charleston SC where its supposed to be 100%. The place she works gave them all the special glasses.
In the Chicago area I think we were suppose to have somewhere near 87% coverage. We had overcast skies that passed over with occasional breaks. A few good looks but overall a bust. If you didn't know it was happening, you would not have thought anything was going on at all.
Here in Central Texas I saw 100% of it,had a cold one and recline in my chair looking at it on TV.
We were in the 88-90% zone here in southern Vancouver Island Canada and had a beautiful cloudless day for the eclipse. A paper plate with a pin hole in the middle, 2 computers, and a large screen television provided multiple ways for us to view something we probably will not see again in our lifetime (were getting old).
Here in TO it was supposed to be around 70%. Clear skies but the sunshine never left and I didn't have those glasses to look with either.
The next North American eclipse will take place April 8 2024, and will track from Texas to Maine in the US. Checking out the path, it looks like the 2024 eclipse will actually pass through the most populated areas of the eastern US (Dallas, Cleveland and Buffalo).
Apparently it will pass through Newfoundland, so I might actually get to the only province I haven't visited yet!
I think it was mentioned today that Carbondale Il. was 100% and it will be again in 2024. They said like it would be one of a very few places that could say that.
with luck, I may still be walking on the green side of the turf in 2024 instead of trying to kick it up from underneath (I will be 77). Carbondale is about twice as far from me as the 2017 eclipse was. It is about my closest destination to the totality path if I wanted to travel. Will have to see how I feel about it when the time comes, but right now my guess is "no". You just can't count on the weather cooperating, and for a 2 or 3 minute experience ... not worth it.
...we had about 92% coverage. Really didn't notice anyone checking out the eclipse until I got home. The folks a couple of doors up were all out in the yard with their glasses on. They stayed outside about 15 minutes and then went inside. Other than that, no big deal.
Truly an AWESOME experience!
We were on a beach at Sage Hen Reservoir. I noticed the temperature dropping before it started getting dark. The fish started jumping and when it reached totality there was a stillness and then celebratory screaming and yelling all across the lake.
I figured it would be a fun thing to go see with friends and family, but I hadn't realized how truly awe inspiring it would be.
I feel very fortunate to have experienced it.
Never really got the chance to look. Not having eclipse glasses on hand didn't help.
Not much of a show here in OK if not on TV I would not have known there was an eclipse happening.
Seems as if those in the totality zone were very impressed and found the trip worth while.
Seen a few in my lifetime, today I didn't even bother to look up, if you seen one, you've seen them all
Perfect opportunity to pull out my 50+ year old Gilbert No. 13214 80x Astronomical Telescope and watch as it progressed across the sky while pretty much filling the approx. 3 inch display screen on the sun filter. One bystander had a pair of those viewing glasses and 'though the orange crescent at the peak was interesting to view, the size appeared strikingly smaller.
Snapped a handful of pics plus one where light passing through the tree leaves effectively formed hundreds of pinhole projections of crescent shaped lights where they landed.
I am in 80% view but clouds blocked my view 95% of the time...
about 25 miles from Totality. Traffic here has been nuts. We had a porch party at neighbors house up a few hundred feet than us, facing SW, and the valley... Great View of event and Valley.. There were some clouds that played havoc but left just in time for the main event. Kind of like being under a street light at night--strange shadows... No Stars, but all the dusk to dawn lights went on in the valley.. It did get cooler during eclipse, and a fine time was had by all, and none of us had to go on the main roads in the valley... which were in gridlock...
It was cloudy by us but got a few good shots.
Wife and a couple of friends drove about 30 miles to a small town, parked near come picnic tables and waited for the eclipse. It was awfully hot but the lunch was nice. I guess there was 150 to 200 people there and everyone had a great time. Before totality we had a few fluffy clouds, but not a problem, perfectly clear at totality. However, it didn't get as dark as I'd expected, the experience was great.
It was 72% of totality here in northeast PA with occasional high thin clouds. My wife and I were able to see most of it from our deck using a couple of my welding helmets.
I've seen partial solar eclipses before and knew it wouldn't get very dark. It was similar to an hour or so before sunset. With all the eclipse hype, a lot of folks around here were disappointed it didn't get darker. I think the local news media should have explained it better.
We will be at 95% of totality here for the 4/8/2024 eclipse but we hope to be able to drive a couple of hours west into the 100% zone.
For anyone interested, this is a good website for information:
We drove about an hour south to Greenville, SC to be in totality. We were extremely lucky since the sky was perfectly clear and we were able to see the whole thing! I'll never forget it.
Living in Chicagoland, and according to an "expert" that was inteviewed on the early morning news, we were in the 86% coverage area, however, being mostly overcast - nothing for me.
My daughter traveled to Kentucky to see it, and my son out to Wyoming to see it. Apparently, they both had a good experience.
In the office - it was amazing to see the crowds going outside to see the cloudy sky, in case they catch a glimpse.
Someone asked what made this one seem so special - I just figure it's all the media coverage, and more so the Social Media Hype...
I, too, didn't look up. As a matter of fact- I never really left the office to go out.
I am in the 94% zone so I went to Andrews, NC - dead center - perfect sky - maybe a little haze. Well I ended up at a location that was only 2min 35sec instead of 42sec so I lost 7 sec. Totality is awesome............Partial is, OK, that's interesting. It really was night out. All the trees were black - couldn't see leaves. The owls got upset. The gnats didn't know what to do. The pics I took were over exposed but the moon was black and I got a movie of the diamond ring. I have a terrific zoom on the camera. But without a zoom on a cell phone, the moon looked like a full moon, strange. I guess I will go with the published pics for archives. At about 50% it started getting cooler and though it didn't look dark, it was like looking thru 2 or 3 pair of sun glasses. I used shade 14 welding glasses and printed a frame on my 3D printer. Used the same glass over my camera lens, but it probably needs -3 exposure. Took pictures of the dancing light on my white vehicle. It looks like reflections off water. As the sun light gets weaker the lines get more visible.
Now it normally takes about 4 hours to drive 300 miles. I was on the road back for 9 hours. Definitely something you want to camp out for.
Living SE of Phoenix we got to see about 50%.
The odd part was when the dozen or so pidgeons which congregate on my neighbors roof across the street stopped flying and just sat there until it was almost over.
I have a Quail block in my front yard and every morning around 6 am several Quail stop by for breakfast. During the day the variety of sparrows chomp on it. After a bit into the eclipse they all disapeared until almost the end when they came back. After it was over 2 Quail showed up for another breakfast. They came back this morning after 7am for another breakfast. LATE.
I have a game camera set up to take photos of the block area 24/7 and so far have photos of a cat that stops by around 3am, Quail, pidgeons, roadrunner, sparrows and a jackrabbit.
Perfect cloudless clear day
grade 10 arc shield
5% coverage in NS
looked like the edge of a fingernail off the sun
great view, nothing to see
Didn't even dim the sun, lol.
Houston got maybe 67% - if was visibly darker but nothing major. Maybe a little like having some cloud cover on a normal day. Got to see what I saw, I did like it.
I drove to Tellico Plains, in southeast Tennessee near the NC border to get to totality. Went out Sunday and spent the night, then drove to the visitor center/museum at the TN end of the Cherohala Skyway. They have a big event planned - music, food, stuff for the kids, and most importantly, air conditioned buildings and indoor bathrooms! I got there before they opened the field at 6am, and hung out with everyone else waiting for the main event.
It did not disappoint - it was a hot day, but not a cloud around, and we had 2 minutes, 38 seconds of totality. I'm glad I went there - we were getting about 98% in Charlotte, but the difference to totality is huge. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen!
Here are some of my photos of the eclipse:
I was in Cerulean, KY and was about ¼ mile from the Maximum Eclipse point, just off the eclipse path centerline. I had like 2:38 of totality.
It was indeed interesting as the moon was covering and uncovering the Sun. But totality was a completely different experience. Birds started chirping. Could see planets. There was a 360º sunset... the entire horizon looked like a sunset without the Sun on the horizon. It was spectacular.
It was a very hot day. As the Sun was eclipsed, the direct heat from the Sun diminished. Really drove home that air temperature and direct radiation are two separate sources of weather experience. It did not feel as hot when the Sun was occluded. Felt like a blow torch when the Sun was fully exposed.
Moose, great pics, thanks for sharing.
Amazing pics!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
Left NY on Sunday noon. Made it to between Greensboro and Charlotte in 12 hours. From Charlotte down to Anderson SC took too damn long. After the show ended, a 5 hour trip to Roanoke took 8 hours. Tuesday my 8 hour commute back to Long Island took 12 hours. Felt like I was driving to work constantly for three days.
Waiting at the abandoned gas station with perfect strangers who are now friends? One of the greatest times I have ever had. The eclipse was nice, but all my images are underexposed. Not enough practice... Would I do it all over again (1677 miles in 2 1/2 days)? Tomorrow!
We had only about 62% blockage on a cloudless day, so there was no spectacular difference in the lighting. I work with a bunch of aerospace engineers, and most of us took a few minutes to look at things progressing.
There were a lot of solar glasses being passed around by those who brought them into the office, and one of our female engineers brought in a full-face welding helmet.
- Tom -
Right at the center of all activity. It got dark. The birds stopped chirping, the crickets started, then less than three minutes later, it was all over except emptying out the parking lot. The drive from Spring City to Chattanooga (55 miles) took just over three hours.
it's the dog's fault
pointing the phone camera directly at the sun at the height of the eclipse the camera was unable to focus on the eclipse, HOWEVER, I noticed some sort of anomaly in all my photo's there is a small protected image of the eclipsed sun the lenses somehow threw of it.
It's lens flare, had the same thing happen with my dslr... because of the "shape" of the sun at the point of the eclipse this was the result.. still pretty cool!
In north metro Atlanta we got about 98% eclipse. It was more than enough to cause a moon burn.
It's simply a reflection of a very bright object that occurs between two of the elements in a complex lens system. Some more expensive lenses have coatings which mitigate that form happening, but very bright objects like the sun can still bring them out.
It was so cloudy where I live but I still tried to look at the sun through my phone! Better safe than sorry. Looked good with an exposure adjustment.
It was so cloudy where I live but I still tried to look at the sun through my phone! Better safe than sorry. Looked good with an exposure adjustment.
The cloud helps a little. It acts as filter. I tapped on the brightest area of the frame (the sun) to get the correct exposure. The surrounding area becomes darker because the camera has to use extremely fast shutter speed. The result isn't that bad for a smartphone camera.
Lots of clouds in western South Carolina, but sunny (moony?) skies a few miles away....
was in the 93-94 percent zone when it went dark the temp dropped and it got a lot cooler had a nice view of it.
Here are a couple of really cool videos that were posted over on the wxforum.net weather enthusiasts forum:
The time lapsed one was cool, thanks for sharing it.
Thanks for the info.
Watching the moon move across the Sun was interesting. But watching the act of the moon getting in front of the Sun was nothing like totality. Totality was totally different. The direct infrared heat from the Sun was gone. When the Sun was out in full force, it felt like a blow torch. The daylight did not diminish as much as expected. Clearly expectations were off. But it was still rather light even when there was just a tiny, thin sliver of Sun left. The dispersion of light from the 360º "sunset without the Sun" provided a bit of light. The reduction in direct infrared heating was most noticeable as the Sun was blocked more and more. Even though air temperature was in the mid-90s, it felt okay without the infrared heating. It became unbearable once the direct heating of the Sun came back.
Totality or bust!!!
100% eclipse though the northeast in 2024. Be there!!!
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