Thanks to Monday´s solar eclipse, disastrous traffic jams have been taking over the country these last few days. And as folks leave the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse since 1918, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimated that nearly two-thirds of the nation´s resident live withing a day´s drive of the path of totality. And with Oregon being the first to see the eclipse, it and neighboring state Washington are experiencing the worst bouts of the traffic jams. ´This is the biggest transportation event that has ever hit Oregon,´ Dave Thompson, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation told AP. Oregon
Comments: We watched the eclipse from our neighbor´s porch, nice and quit except for the torrential rain plus thunder and lightning. The actual eclipse showing via laptop was what we saw over and over from the media. The change in light signaled the eclipse arriving and was quickly back to normal summer downpours. The thunder and lightning show demonstrated its usual awesome talent.
Much different experience here. We stayed in Nashville and drove up to the Land between the Lakes in KY to observe with my sister & her husband.
Other than normal rush-hour traffic in Nashville, we had no problems. Observed and visited, then started back about 4pm. No problems again, except we hit rush-hour again.
We had planned for delays, gas problems, by filling up before we started and carrying a couple of extra gallons, but it wasn´t needed.
The eclipse itself is the most incredible thing I´ve ever seen. I´ve been blessed to see so many beautiful, awe-inspiring sights, but this blew them all away. When totality game and we took our glasses off, we were all just so amazed at how gorgeous it was.
For the midwest, mark your calendars for April 8, 2024
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Everyone at work went out and watched it and we had the best time! Our local semi-pro ball team played a game around the time of the eclipse and sold tickets to people from 23 states and 3 countries. Everyone in town stopped and watched. Such an amazing sight!
We had 89% coverage here, and it was a tad disappointing, but only because I thought 89% would mean more darkness. Still, watched through a welding mask and it was pretty cool. Got me out of the office for 30 minutes, anyway.
I was too lazy to drive the 200 miles or so to see totality. I´ll wait until 2024 when totality comes to me, LOL.
Perhaps if you were in the path of totality, it might have been a cool event. But here in the DC area, where solar coverage was only 81% and it was cloudy to boot, it was another over-hyped media yawn fest. Maybe 2024 will be more exciting than this one was.
Totality will happen over my house in 2024. If I haven´t gone home to be with the Lord, I´ll be 69. Knowing that there´ll be a frenzy of people coming out to see it, my next door neighbor and I are buying up all the used glasses now, and will have both our acreages brush hogged and tent ready and only charge 50 bucks a night. Cha-ching!
Live in Nashville drove to Cadiz Ky for event. Have some great photos on my iPhone taken thru my telescope. A space shuttle night launch is now the 2nd coolest thing I have ever seen. My wife and daughter have informed me that we Will be in Mexico for the 2024 eclipse.
No traffic on trip from eastern Washington down to Baker City, OR. In fact, we got there much earlier than expected and had a nice nap in the car while we waited for the eclipse to begin. Traffic on the way back was also minimal except in two spots where lanes were closed due to road work.
We watched the eclipse parked in the middle of some BLM range land in Central Wyoming well away from the Casper crowd. But bumper to bumper southbound traffic getting to Medicine Bow of all places. We used back roads from Laramie to Denver and thankfully missed the I-25 parking lot. I guess the drive took an extra 30 minutes, no big deal. Would I do it again? Absolutely. The 1 minute of totality together with great performance from our solar binocs (the sun spots plainly visible) and solar sun glasses was a, ahem, totally cool experience.
Emergency management professionals and first responders in every state should be extremely proud of how well they planned for and handled the unprecedented number of travelers and events they had in a single day.
Awesome, spectacular. 100 percent totality for 2 min, 29 sec On highway 29, 24 miles north of mitchell, nb. Perfectly clear sky. No big traffic jams Most spectators were us coloradons avoiding denver and cheyenne.
Found a small city park in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Eventually there were probably 125 people sharing the park with us. Torrential rain stopped 30 minutes before totality and started back up again a half hour after, but during that brief bit of open skies, we saw Bailey´s Beads (bright red spots next to moon´s edge) and a perfect diamond ring at the end of our 2 minutes and 30 seconds of totality. I´m not a religious person, but it felt like a religious experience somehow. Everyone´s bucket list should include a total eclipse (98% is NOT the same thing.) It was mystical and afterwards 125 strangers all applauded Mother Nature´s show.
Worth the short trip! My "backroads" strategy worked flawlessly: speed limit all the way in: 70-mile trip took two hours door-to-park, including two stops.
City of Madisonville, TN had their act together and did a fantastic job with their "Total Eclipse of the Park" festival. Great venue (large park with lake), free directed parking in a large field, local police and fire monitoring, reasonably priced food and items (no gouging: BBQ platters, T-shirts, and even some eclipse glasses selling for $8-$10), "professional" vendors, and nice people from all over the East Cost and beyond (lunched with a couple who flew in from Denver area). The "atmosphere" had the feel of a Tea Party rally. People helped each other, and even shared eclipse glasses. A wonderful experience. I plan to return and enjoy this very nice city.
The weather was perfect. Totality was amazing. As totality approached, sunlight had the hue of a night light, then the "diamond" ring and totality! A few street lights came on, planets appeared in the darkend sky, the temperature dropped, and crickets started to chirp at 2:30 PM!
A perfect day - until 3PM.
Then I started to head back to Knoxville for a dinner appointment. Tens of thousands of others had the same idea, at the same time, on the same roads. Even my "backroads" were busy. Took over an hour to drive 12 miles north to Vonore, and 3-hours to get to Knoxville. State troopers and local police were out directing traffic, but their presence seemed to hinder as much as helped - but that was only a perception. Every merge along the way was a bottleneck. Too many people - too few lanes.
Unless you experience it, it is indescribable. I was in Antelope, Ore. weather was perfect. Now suffering from post-eclipse depression, this is an impossible act to follow. It actually lived up to all the hype and then some. This was my second total eclipse and I would travel to see more if possible.
I drove through St Louis on nearly empty roads to see it. I knew people who spent hours in southern Il traffic who could have saved themselves much grief by popping over here. #22 is right about the corona. Pictures do not do it justice. I thought I was watching a cgi film at first and it really made the experience special.
Meanwhile in Middle Tennessee, everything was orderly, no gas shortages, clear blue skies, and WOW!! it was one amazing display of our Great God´s handiwork. It was breathtaking and no picture or video does it one quarter justice. I look forwards to the next one in 2024.
For those too jaded by this world and all it´s ill to take 3 mins out of your oh so busy day to look up and marvel at what an awesome God we have and the universe he made for us.. I feel sorry for you.
Couldn´t avoid 10 miles of the I-25 madness at Douglas, WY but then pulled onto two lane roads and headed due east. One hour delay in one small town, at least partially down to the local cops "helping" direct traffic, but then no problems all the rest of the day heading back to eastern Kansas.
Great view in perfectly clear skies, great photos, avoided all traffic on the way up, and almost all on the way back. Fun time. Totality is really amazing, seeing the planets and stars with that stark, black sun surrounded by a huge, pure white blazing corona was just amazing. Nearby horses reacted not at all.
The sun is clearly yellow, but somehow the corona is very white, not sure exactly why.
Saw totality 8 miles into a dirt road on a hilltop near Shoshone, Wyoming. It was pretty barren, except for scrub brush. Even so, there were hundreds of cars, vans, and campers in the middle of nowhere. Totality was spectacular, with a, before and after totality, rainbow around the sun from the thw slight clouds. It was well worth the 17 year wait from my last one in Austria. It was also worth a shredded tire and the 3-1/2 hour, miles long backup of thousands of cars to return to our RV at our friends. I´ll be at the next one in Texas in 7 years.
Saw it. Like it. But didn´t cry. Attempt to take photo was total failure. Bad traffic jam on Tennesse US 70 due to no traffic signal or police. But nothing like the jam on I 75 south today due to road work.
Living in Oregon meant we got to see a TOTAL eclipse and it was dark as night, to the point of street lights coming on. Hundreds of people camped in the waterfront parks to witness the event. We had a very excited neighborhood yesterday.
I am just sorry that some people are so cynical about the glory of God on display for all to see, that they have to make snark about it. It was truly awe inspiring to see that yesterday right over my own home.
Southbound Highway 95 out of Idaho and into Oregon and Nevada was streaming with cars, campers and RVs with California license plates today...... mostly eclipsers departing Idaho, I would say. I observed this while I was driving north through Nevada and Oregon into Idaho. It was almost impossible to pass northbound on the two-lane Highway 95 because of the southbound exodus.
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