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Post by Tunnelcat » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:00 pm

Well, it looks like NS, CUDA (if they drive south), Grendel and I are in for a rare once-in-a-lifetime show on August 21, 2017. I can hardly wait. The last eclipse I experienced was a partial one that occurred in Oregon back in 1979. It was a really weird experience because it was dark right overhead, but eerily light just to the south. This event will be the first and probably last time I and a lot of people will ever experience a total eclipse in our lifetimes. Oregon is supposed to be overrun with tourists as well since we're the first spot in the country that the moon's shadow will make landfall.

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Post by vision » Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:19 pm

I looked into flights and hotels in Portland three months ago and everything was already booked. I'm not sure if I want to be in my car for four days so I can see the eclipse. I might fly to Omaha and see it there.
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Post by Top Gun » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:38 pm

Still not sure if I feel like driving 9 hours south just to see something that lasts for 2 minutes, as awesome as those 2 minutes may be.
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Post by TechPro » Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:26 am

My area in Idaho is also expected to be "front row seat" and they say to expect as much as 80,000 more people in the area (in addition to the existing 40,000).
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Post by Grendel » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:03 pm

They are talking about 1 million ppl rushing in... I took the week around 8/21 off JIC :) TC, last partial was in 2012, May 20 -- was overcast tho.

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Re: Front Row Seat

Post by Krom » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:37 pm

It is a few hundred miles drive south into Illinois for me to get in the path, but maybe I'll take the day off and go see it just because you don't see a total eclipse in person that often.
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Post by LightWolf » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:31 pm

I heard that Casper-ish in Wyoming was one of the best places. Probably going to go there.
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Post by Tunnelcat » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:49 pm

Casper, Wyoming is almost dead center in the shadow's path. It'll be spectacular. Here's an interactive Google map for everyone in the States. It looks like a spot on Interstate 57 near the bottom of Illinois will have the longest duration Krom.

http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/so ... pFull.html
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Post by woodchip » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:34 am

Just hope it is a clear day and no clouds :wink:
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Post by Tunnelcat » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:45 am

If it happened here in the winter, clouds would be a sure thing. Fortunately, August is almost guaranteed to be cloud-free. Now that I've said that, I just cursed the whole of Oregon to a rare summer storm on that one particular day. :mrgreen:
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Re: Front Row Seat

Post by Sirius » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:20 pm

Yeah, August seems to be usually the best weather month in the PNW.
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