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Total Eclipse of the Sun across the USA August 21, 2017! Where will you be?

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by billymach4, May 6, 2017.

  1. Timeshare Von

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    Thanks for the suggestion Pat. I'll be doing my game plan and making the most of it. If I don't get into an area of total eclipse of the weather is crummy, I've got other things to see and do. I realize it is probably less than a 50/50 crap shoot on whether or not I'll get to actually experience it. My expectations are set rather low, hoping for the best.
     
  2. PStreet1

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    I'm starting to send good vibes for Missouri weather.
     
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    Apparently in the dark. :)
     
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    We have a reservation in Columbia,MO. I have family in a small town of Mexico, MO and Harrisonville MO. if the weather looks unfavorable I could cancel our reservation and head north to Geneva, NE.
     
  5. PStreet1

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    We've changed plans. Royal Caribbean altered the course for Oasis of the Seas in order to be in position for the eclipse, so we've booked the week of Aug 20 on the Oasis. At least, the captain should be able to position us somewhere without clouds.
     
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    We haven't cancelled our hotel reservation for Jefferson City, Missouri, yet even though we're going to be viewing from a ship now. Rooms along the eclipse path are almost non-existant and very expensive now. If anyone would like to see if our reservation (Baymont Inn, about $100 a night) could be transferred, let me know.
     
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    I'll be right here don't have to leave town .
     
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    My plans have been changed due to work commitments . . . I'll be staying in Milwaukee, where there will be very little eclipsing.
     
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    I've pretty much made the command decision to stay home. Crowds are expected to be insane just N. of here in the area of totality, but we'll have 97%. I'll settle for that, barring an invite.
     
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    Sorry about the work commitment.
     
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    I will be packing for my trip to Hawaii.
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    We'll be @Timbers at Island Park, ID that week (thank you Trading Places Intl!) but I'm planning to drive south to Rexburg. Hopefully, it won't be that congested.
     
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    A Total Eclipse Will Sweep the U.S. in August, and People Are Going Nuts For It
    By Laurel Wamsley/ The Two-Way:Breaking News from NPR/ National Public Radio/ npr.org

    "On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across America. The last time the contiguous United States saw a total eclipse was 1979, and it will be the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years, reports The Associated Press.

    A partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United States, according to NASA. But within a band that the agency is calling the "path of totality" stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, viewers will witness a total eclipse. And in many of those places, an eclipse industry is already booming.

    The mayor of Hopkinsville, Ky., says his town has spent more than half a million dollars preparing for the event since learning 10 years ago that the area would be in the path of totality.

    The town even has an eclipse coordinator.

    "It'll look like twilight outside. You'll be able to see stars. Four planets will be visible — Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury. You'll notice the temperature drop about 5 to 10 degrees," the coordinator, Brooke Jung, told the AP. "You'll notice that animals will get a little disoriented. Birds will think that it's nighttime and go in to roost. Some of the flowers and plants that close up at night will close up."

    "If it's cloudy, then we'll just have to deal with that reality as best we can and help people get to other locations," Mayor Carter Hendricks told the AP. "But, if somehow we overprepare and we're underwhelmed by the crowd size, that's a big concern for me."...."

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    A June ad for campsites in the small town of Madras, Ore., anticipates the influx of tourists expected in the prime viewing location for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.

    Gillian Flaccus/AP


    Richard
     
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    We'll be on the Oasis of the Seas which will be heading to the point of maximum viewing for the event-----hoping hurricanes don't mess with us.
     
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    That will be a neat trick that the captain does with the ship, since the point of maximum viewing / center point of the eclipse is in the SE corner of Nebraska! :D

    Although you probably won't have to worry about hurricanes there...

    Kurt
     
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    We definitely won't be at maximum (when I typed "maximum" I meant, but didn't say, "maximum point for the area where we are), but we will be in the total eclipse path. We were originally at Jefferson City, Missouri, and that's quite close to what our map says is the maximum, which occurs at Columbia, Missouri (2 minutes 41 seconds). Mid Nebraska is 2 minutes 39 seconds. Off the coast appears to be between 2 minutes 20 seconds and 2 minutes 30 seconds, about the same as Idaho Falls.

    I'm assuming that the 10-11 seconds won't make a significant difference in the experience, and I know the experience will be different at sea than it is on land--on the other hand, we won't be driving.
     
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    It should be fun seeing it from the ship. I would think being on a boat you will have a better chance than most to be cloud-free, since the captain can maneuver to a clear spot if necessary. Sounds like a fun trip!

    Kurt
     
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    Not to rain on the parade, but according to NASA, "Roughly 67 percent of the sky over water is cloudy, and more than half of that area is densely overcast. Just about half of the total land area is usually covered with clouds and only 15 percent is thickly blanketed."

    Not good odds for an ocean-based viewing (book for the cruise, think of the eclipse as a possible bonus); I hope the cruisers beat the odds. It is a convenient marketing plan for the cruise, but I will bet on being the captain of my car, and sending it in the direction of the best odds for viewing the National Eclipse based on the latest possible forecast from the National Weather Service.
     
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    Yes, I'm hoping we didn't blunder by giving up the Jefferson City location we had. I feel sure the captain will try his best to get the ship to a good spot. I'm thinking positive thoughts; it's paid for so might as well.
     

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