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Posted 20 August 2017 - 05:12 PM

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We had a high cloud eclipse here. Totality was a good couple hours.

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 10:33 PM

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Currently experiencing an Earth eclipse. Started at 8:09 pm and is expected to continue until 6:19 am. 


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 05:06 AM

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Wow, and here I wasted all this time and money to see a total solar eclipse in about four hours, and it only lasts two minutes. Jealous guys!!!

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 05:16 AM

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Didn't we have a partial solar in the 90s? I remember everyone being upset that it was cloudy and I think it rained.  I believe it happened in the rainy months and all it did was make it a bit darker then usual such as street lights coming on when they shouldn't but other then that it was no big deal.  I remember as a kid that it was a bit disappointing. 



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:05 AM

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8-21-17 dawns sunny across most of the region.   

 

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If you want a fascinating read... check out the adventures of James Gilliss who traveled across the country to view the total eclipse of July 18, 1860 in the Puget Sound region.   Seattle only had 188 residents back then... and they no idea what to expect in terms of weather.  And the eclipse was just after dawn.   He got soooooo lucky in the end.   :lol:

 

http://komonews.com/...eather-patterns


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 09:24 AM

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Temp dropped about 4 degrees here during the eclipse.



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 09:38 AM

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The 12Z GFS is really warm for the rest of the run after our brief trough on Thursday.



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 09:39 AM

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Click 'Play' and watch this eclipse race across the country.   That is so cool.

 

http://weather.cod.e...rthwest-02-48-0


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 09:48 AM

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Stuck in rain/wind here on the GA coast. Guess I'll have to wait until 2024.
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Posted 21 August 2017 - 09:50 AM

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Not even a solar eclipse can stop the steam bath. :lol:

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 10:03 AM

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My sons are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic near Salem now... heading northbound.

 

They still say it was totally worth it and an incredible experience.  


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 10:21 AM

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Click 'Play' and watch this eclipse race across the country.   That is so cool.

 

http://weather.cod.e...rthwest-02-48-0

I'm not sure what is more fascinating to watch, the eclipse shadow moving across the country or that boiling mass of clouds over South Dakota!



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 10:31 AM

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I'm not sure what is more fascinating to watch, the eclipse shadow moving across the country or that boiling mass of clouds over South Dakota!


I was thinking the same thing... that thing looks nasty!
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Posted 21 August 2017 - 10:42 AM

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Some of the worst fire areas in BC received some rain this weekend. Our property at Watch Lake has seen the evacuation order reduced to an alert.

Total area burned so far is just over 3,000,000 acres.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 10:45 AM

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I was only in the 98% but it was way cooler than expected. A lot of time with strange light. Good day!
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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:01 AM

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Got pretty creepy here in SE GA. Sun semi-poked out of the clouds just in time and everything was basked in a full orange glow.
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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:18 AM

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:23 AM

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I watched the eclipse from a beautiful park in the metropolis of Waterloo.  It was spectacular.  Hardly any traffic getting there or coming back.  I'll never forget it.   :)


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:29 AM

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It was pretty neat. 


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:36 AM

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90% eclipse is totally underwhelming. If I didn't watch the news I probably wouldn't have even noticed it happened. I would trade it for a couple inches of snow.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:56 AM

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90% eclipse is totally underwhelming. If I didn't watch the news I probably wouldn't have even noticed it happened. I would trade it for a couple inches of snow.

 

Yeah... it was really interesting watching the live coverage from Salem.   It looked very bright right before totality.   I am sure it looked unusual there but on the TV it looked like a normal sunny day.   Then it went completely dark... and then it looked bright and normal again in a couple minutes.   

 

For an eclipse... totality is the only way to go.    The light was noticeably strange here for a totally sunny day for maybe 30 minutes but it was not dramatic.   Amazing that 8% of normal sunlight is still very bright.   


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 12:48 PM

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Got dusky here. Kinda.
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All roads lead to Walgreens.  


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 12:52 PM

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Looks like my kids and their friends bailed on traffic and went hiking at Silver Falls.  :)



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:02 PM

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12Z ECMWF is quite warm for the next 15 days with the exception of the little trough on Thursday.  



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:05 PM

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It was pretty cool seeing shadows that cast the image of the partial eclipse all over buildings and sidewalks. 


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:06 PM

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Probably one of the most spectacular examples of natural phenomena I've ever seen this morning. Definitely one of those things everyone should see at least once in their lives.
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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:06 PM

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It was pretty cool seeing shadows that cast the image of the partial eclipse all over buildings and sidewalks. 

 

I saw the same thing.   


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:39 PM

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it was real and spectacular.  traffic in and around the mcminnville/dayton area is insane.  


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:50 PM

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I could have done better with the imaging part of the deal, but the experience was amazing.  The temperature dropped 10 degrees, from 72 to 62.  Owls hooted; crickets chirped. No traffic on the way to my "secret" viewing spot (shared with about 15-20 other people), but ran into some on the way back to Eugene.

 

These are the only two usable shots I got:

 

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Tujunga, CA (15 miles N of Downtown L.A.) - Elev. 1,860 ft.

 

Eugene, OR (5 miles SSW) - Elev. 850 ft.


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:59 PM

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Yeah... it was really interesting watching the live coverage from Salem.   It looked very bright right before totality.   I am sure it looked unusual there but on the TV it looked like a normal sunny day.   Then it went completely dark... and then it looked bright and normal again in a couple minutes.   

 

For an eclipse... totality is the only way to go.    The light was noticeably strange here for a totally sunny day for maybe 30 minutes but it was not dramatic.   Amazing that 8% of normal sunlight is still very bright.   

 

Agree... Totality was amazing.  The rest of the event was pretty much just like wearing sunglasses.  Of course, photos or videos taken at any time other than totality just look like ordinary sunlight because it IS ordinary sunlight -- just less of it -- and the cameras automatically compensate for the decreased light intensity.

 

I could take a photo on a normal sunny day and deliberately underexpose it by 2 stops, and it would look just like the eclipse did at 90% :lol:


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Tujunga, CA (15 miles N of Downtown L.A.) - Elev. 1,860 ft.

 

Eugene, OR (5 miles SSW) - Elev. 850 ft.


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 02:03 PM

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My parents were in Lincoln City and both gushed about it. They're typically not gushers.

All roads lead to Walgreens.  


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 02:33 PM

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Temp dropped about 4 degrees here during the eclipse.

Now we really know what happened to the dinosaurs.  2 minutes of cooling. 


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 04:23 PM

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Pretty geeky, but I did take pics of my old thermometer, which I hung from a camera tripod leg.  The first pic was at about 9:30 a.m.  The second one was just after totality at about 10:25.

 

170821_eclipsetemp_001.jpg170821_eclipsetemp_002.jpg


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Tujunga, CA (15 miles N of Downtown L.A.) - Elev. 1,860 ft.

 

Eugene, OR (5 miles SSW) - Elev. 850 ft.


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 04:33 PM

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Now we really know what happened to the dinosaurs.  2 minutes of cooling. 

 

 

If we could just get into a pattern with more frequent and long-lasting eclipses then we might get some good negative departures... ahhhh the good old days.  


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 04:36 PM

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Totality just west of the Tetons out this way. As Jesse mentioned, if you have a chance to see another totality, DO IT! Such a surreal amazing experience!

 

Had a substantial temp drop in the totality path in Eastern ID from 69º ~10:00am down to 55º ~11:30am. Even at my house at only 96% totality my temp dropped from 68º at 10:39am down to 58º at 11:42am. Gotta love dry air!

 

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 04:38 PM

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Pretty sure PDX would have hit 100 today if not for the eclipse.
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Posted 21 August 2017 - 04:53 PM

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Pretty sure PDX would have hit 100 today if not for the eclipse.

 

Thick smoke and now an eclipse... this has been Jesse's year for avoiding heat!  



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 05:35 PM

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Looks like a great deal of smoke streaming northeastward across Oregon from the SW corner of the state.



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:36 PM

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Thick smoke and now an eclipse... this has been Jesse's year for avoiding heat!


Portland being on the verge of recording its hottest month on record really speaks to this!

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:42 PM

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It became noticeably cooler during the eclipse in Madras. If I were to guess I'd say a 10-15 degree drop. Low 70s to around 60 or so. Pretty crazy to experience darkness and dropping temperatures in the late morning.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:46 PM

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It became noticeably cooler during the eclipse in Madras. If I were to guess I'd say a 10-15 degree drop. Low 70s to around 60 or so. Pretty crazy to experience darkness and dropping temperatures in the late morning.

 

The cooldown was definitely noticeable at home too, but not as dramatic. Maybe a 5-6 degree drop.

 

Very warmest month on record-y look to the models today. Looks like you made a good call.


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:52 PM

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I officially went from 68.3 to 59.3 here in Redmond from 9am to about 10:45. Pretty surreal to say the least.
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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:56 PM

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The cooldown was definitely noticeable at home too, but not as dramatic. Maybe a 5-6 degree drop.

Very warmest month on record-y look to the models today. Looks like you made a good call.


The air over there was very dry. DPs in the 30s at eclipse time I believe, which would explain the larger drop.

And yes, not something I am happy being right about but it's definitely looking possible, if not likely.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:57 PM

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In The Dalles now. We left Madras around 5:30 and took 197 north. The traffic wasn't bad at all, just a little congested leaving the Madras area.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:58 PM

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Home station dropped from 92.5*F to 86.4*F due to the eclipse.

However, the sharper drop starting around 330pm was due to a passing thunderstorm, not the eclipse.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 07:13 PM

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In The Dalles now. We left Madras around 5:30 and took 197 north. The traffic wasn't bad at all, just a little congested leaving the Madras area.

 

My kids are just getting to Woodland.   The traffic has been absolutely insane on the west side and there are still pockets of almost standstill traffic between Woodland and Olympia.  There is a 25-mile back up remaining between Castle Rock and Chehalis and its after 8 p.m.

 

They still say it was worth it though.   :)



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 07:31 PM

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Wow what an incredible weekend. My dad, brother, his girlfriend, my fiancée and I camped Saturday through this afternoon near Beech Creek Summit. It's off highway 395 north of Mt. Vernon off NF-3955. Our camping spot was very secluded for how close to totality we were camping and when we scouted for viewing spots all other locations had multiple groups.

This morning we went down the hop for the eclipse and we were exactly on the line of totality. It was a surreal experience that I absolutely want to see again. We were incredibly lucky to get back to Bend without running into traffic.
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2017/2018: 1"

Nov: 1"

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2016/2017: 70"

2015/2016: 34"

Average: ~25"

 

2017/2018 Winter temps

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Lowest max: 30F on 12/9

Lows <32: 39

 


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 08:13 PM

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Going from the last bit of sunlight to totality was surreal. Like someone flipping off the light switch in the middle of the desert. 


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 08:16 PM

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Thick smoke and now an eclipse... this has been Jesse's year for avoiding heat!  

We just need a super volcano next!



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 08:59 PM

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We just need a super volcano next!

 

It's been 25K years.

 

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