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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #125 on: August 11, 2017, 10:07:37 PM »

How far are you from the center of totality?  Two hours?  If so just leave early that morning and you should be fine.

More like five hours, and that's in normal traffic, not the gridlock that's anticipated for that day.

But, I mentioned the possibility of working the eclipse (which is now off the table for me). That would require reporting to the EOC in Hopkinsville at 6 a.m. and staying until post-eclipse traffic has cleared. Which would have necessitated an overnight stay for me of at least one night's duration; most likely two nights.
I feel like you won't find horribly choked traffic on the myriad backroads of Kentucky, but that would certainly impact your travel time regardless.

True. Lots of folks won't know how to process a four-digit route in the 2000- or 3000-series.

How about Madisonville, TN ... how far is that from where you live?

Also about five hours. And unfortunately, there's no "68 TENN" triangle marker there anymore to photograph during the eclipse.

Oh, I ended up going with Terre Haute, not appreciably farther from the eclipse zone than Indy.

Where are you going to try to travel to from Terre Haute? There's a large group of people who are planning to drive down to Hopkinsville from Evansville. They're leaving around 5 or 6 in the morning and they have concerns they may not make it in time. There are some estimates that what is normally a 90-minute drive could take 4 or more hours, they're expecting THAT much traffic.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #126 on: August 11, 2017, 10:56:44 PM »

Oh, I ended up going with Terre Haute, not appreciably farther from the eclipse zone than Indy.

Where are you going to try to travel to from Terre Haute? There's a large group of people who are planning to drive down to Hopkinsville from Evansville. They're leaving around 5 or 6 in the morning and they have concerns they may not make it in time. There are some estimates that what is normally a 90-minute drive could take 4 or more hours, they're expecting THAT much traffic.

Marshall, MO (but staying near Sedalia). And I'll have all of Sunday to make that leg, so I'm not concerned. :-)
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #127 on: August 11, 2017, 11:42:50 PM »

I think I am going to go to Goreville, IL to see the eclipse.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #128 on: August 11, 2017, 11:48:32 PM »

I've booked a room for two nights in Somerset, KY for next  Sunday and Monday for less than fifty dollars per night.  I am going to leave early in the morning with intention to arrive in Spring City, TN in time for the eclipse.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #129 on: August 12, 2017, 12:30:13 AM »

How about Madisonville, TN ... how far is that from where you live?
Also about five hours. And unfortunately, there's no "68 TENN" triangle marker there anymore to photograph during the eclipse.

That is where I will be, assuming a good weather forecast.  Along with a couple other amateur astronomers from Richmond, and some specialized observing gear.  At a secluded but publically accessible site.  You can contact me via e-mail if you are interested and want to know the details.

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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #130 on: August 12, 2017, 08:40:11 PM »

My brother has expressed a desire to go to somewhere in Tennessee to view it. I may ride down with him.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #131 on: August 13, 2017, 10:21:34 AM »

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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #132 on: August 13, 2017, 01:42:54 PM »

Here is the first weather forecast from the Washington Post.

Yeah, my area doesn't look so good according to that. However, historical averages are quite favorable, and specific forecasts for that city and date are showing clear skies. The simple truth is, it's still too early to know.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #133 on: August 13, 2017, 02:10:54 PM »

Here is the first weather forecast from the Washington Post.

Yeah, my area doesn't look so good according to that. However, historical averages are quite favorable, and specific forecasts for that city and date are showing clear skies. The simple truth is, it's still too early to know.

Yeah, both the spot I'm going and where I live (the latter being outside the path of totality) are both in that red-shaded blob. But yes, it's a week from tomorrow, which is still too far out to know for certain.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #134 on: August 13, 2017, 06:57:57 PM »

forecasts that far out are never reliable - ever.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #135 on: August 13, 2017, 07:21:36 PM »

forecasts that far out are never reliable - ever.

Some friends are flying out from D.C. to central Oregon, for a pricey photographer-club campout near Bend. That's in the rain shadow of a mountain range, and has more dependable clear weather than western Oregon.

I'm still planning on avoiding the totality path by a wide margin, though still working out how to get from northern California to far northern Idaho by eclipse day.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #136 on: August 13, 2017, 08:54:53 PM »

I'm just going to stay near home.  It's 90% totality anyway, & I'll see another close by in a few years.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #137 on: August 13, 2017, 10:13:34 PM »

Headed out tomorrow for a 5-6 day leisurely ride to get to Omaha by Saturday.  We'll use a friend's house there as a base to get into good position somewhere within several hours drive that has the best shot at good weather.  Ideally looking at Beatrice.  Hoping we'll be far enough from most population centers that traffic won't be horrible.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #138 on: August 13, 2017, 11:02:42 PM »

Headed out tomorrow for a 5-6 day leisurely ride to get to Omaha by Saturday.  We'll use a friend's house there as a base to get into good position somewhere within several hours drive that has the best shot at good weather.  Ideally looking at Beatrice.  Hoping we'll be far enough from most population centers that traffic won't be horrible.
You might meet a couple of folk from the road world there (maybe three?). I'm basing in Grand Island.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #139 on: August 13, 2017, 11:32:18 PM »

forecasts that far out are never reliable - ever.

We're inside of 10 days now.  Which means, statistically, forecasts will generally be better than relying on climatology.  So I'd say we're inside a general forecast window, though I wouldn't place any "hard bets" until we get to the weekend.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #140 on: August 14, 2017, 08:52:30 AM »

Headed out tomorrow for a 5-6 day leisurely ride to get to Omaha by Saturday.  We'll use a friend's house there as a base to get into good position somewhere within several hours drive that has the best shot at good weather.  Ideally looking at Beatrice.  Hoping we'll be far enough from most population centers that traffic won't be horrible.
You might meet a couple of folk from the road world there (maybe three?). I'm basing in Grand Island.

Yeah, Beatrice is my early choice for a backup location. Seems to be the best-organized community within a morning's drive of Missouri.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #141 on: August 14, 2017, 09:14:16 AM »

I'm staying at home for this one (unfortunately) but I can't complain too much because we're in 60-70% totality...
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #142 on: August 14, 2017, 01:14:39 PM »

Beatrice and Grand Island are on my short list, too.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #143 on: August 14, 2017, 03:05:54 PM »

Although with the latest weather reports, I'm wondering if it isn't better to head east rather than west?
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #144 on: August 14, 2017, 10:08:47 PM »

Although with the latest weather reports, I'm wondering if it isn't better to head east rather than west?

I'm moving west of my original location in SC to central TN. Better weather out that way, even if it means we have to fight for a spot.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #145 on: August 15, 2017, 01:08:04 AM »

Although with the latest weather reports, I'm wondering if it isn't better to head east rather than west?

I'm moving west of my original location in SC to central TN. Better weather out that way, even if it means we have to fight for a spot.

Oh, I meant from my planned location of Marshall, MO. It looks as if the systems that may produce clouds there are also in play over Nebraska, whereas the Paducah forecast office already has good confidence of clear skies.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #146 on: August 15, 2017, 07:18:05 AM »

Lucky yours. I sit at the very end of the eclipse. However (and assuming I don't move out in the next 9 years) I'll be just outside the totality path of the August 12, 2026 eclipse.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #147 on: August 15, 2017, 07:28:57 AM »

Those of you who are changing locations based on the forecast, it is in my professional meteorological opinion that you should wait until at least Friday to do so (if not the weekend).  While forecasts are now in the range where they're better than climatology (as I mentioned earlier), best accuracy will be within 72 hours.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #148 on: August 15, 2017, 10:13:04 AM »

Those of you who are changing locations based on the forecast, it is in my professional meteorological opinion that you should wait until at least Friday to do so (if not the weekend).  While forecasts are now in the range where they're better than climatology (as I mentioned earlier), best accuracy will be within 72 hours.


Yes, at this point I'm just considering alternate locations should a change become necessary. An actual decision won't be made until Saturday, at the earliest.
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Re: Solar eclipse 2017
« Reply #149 on: August 15, 2017, 02:54:49 PM »

Looks like my plans are made. If things go as expected, I'll be meeting my brother in London, Ky. and riding down with him to Watts Bar Dam in Tennessee. His second option is a Walmart parking lot somewhere, and his third option is a church parking lot somewhere. We're going to spend the night somewhere near Oak Ridge Monday night and the next day he (we, if my knee is still cooperating) will tour the Oak Ridge nuclear facility.

I'm going to take a video camera and record the eclipse. Any tips on how best to accomplish this?
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