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Totality: Which states were a success and which were a bust?

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#1 Tom Graham

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Posted 09 April 2024 - 08:30 PM

The cloud forecasts even on the day of had almost all of us (except those in Maine) biting our nails with anxiety. If you were in the path of totality, which STATES (and sites) were a success for viewing totality… and which were a bust?

 

I’ll start:

 

1) Arkansas (Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton AR) = great SUCCESS


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#2 Starhunter249

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Posted 09 April 2024 - 08:42 PM

Illinois - West Frankfort City Park = Spectacular Success!


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Posted 09 April 2024 - 08:50 PM

Ohio - northwest of Cincinnati, some high thin clouds but spectacular success.


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Posted 09 April 2024 - 09:03 PM

If you add Provinces to the mix, I traveled from Seattle to Ontario and along Lake Erie at Port Rowan, the clouds parted just in time and we had an excellent view of it! And the cherry on top.... I had a bonus lunch of fried Yellow Perch there immediately before hand. jump.gif snoopy2.gif  hamsterdance.gif


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Posted 09 April 2024 - 09:03 PM

Dripping Springs, Texas -- we saw a few glimpses of totality through some fortunate breaks in the clouds. Mostly a bust though.



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Posted 09 April 2024 - 09:09 PM

Garland, TX. Mostly cloudy, but with plenty of gaps. Totality mostly clear. Success!


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Posted 09 April 2024 - 09:13 PM

Clear sky in Jonesboro AR


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Posted 09 April 2024 - 09:18 PM

My cousin in AR had really nice views.  Texas gave us ulcers with cloud predictions changing hourly but we did get good views in the breaks between mostly cloudy skies at Garner State Park.


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Posted 09 April 2024 - 09:21 PM

West Plains, MO - great success. A few high clouds, but nothing prohibiting.
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Posted 09 April 2024 - 09:21 PM

Glenwood, Arkansas. SUCCESS! Just a thin layer of high clouds.



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Posted 09 April 2024 - 09:43 PM

If you add Provinces to the mix, I traveled from Seattle to Ontario and along Lake Erie at Port Rowan, the clouds parted just in time and we had an excellent view of it! And the cherry on top.... I had a bonus lunch of fried Yellow Perch there immediately before hand. jump.gif snoopy2.gif  

Great! And of course we want to hear from you…and all states, provinces, territories, et al, that were in the path of totality. 


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Posted 09 April 2024 - 09:45 PM

Poplar Bluff, MO had a few thin high clouds but was clear otherwise. The view was phenomenal with only a 30 min traffic backup on the way out.
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Posted 09 April 2024 - 09:50 PM

Eastern Ontario success! We had increasing cloud after 12pm, with occasional clear holes of clarity. For my location one of the clear holes came 30sec before totality, (a real nail-biter, I could see the blue coming) and then clouds resumed just 3 minutes after totality.


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Posted 09 April 2024 - 09:59 PM

Murphysboro, Illinois success!!  Very minimal high clouds which seemed to have negligible effect.  Zero complaints.  GDPS cloud prediction spot on, even 72 hours out.


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Posted 09 April 2024 - 10:03 PM

Dripping Springs, Texas -- we saw a few glimpses of totality through some fortunate breaks in the clouds. Mostly a bust though.

That does not count as a bust.


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Posted 09 April 2024 - 10:34 PM

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney TX. Thin high clouds did not completely obscure eclipse throughout the duration. Totality was completely clear. Huge success!


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Posted 09 April 2024 - 10:38 PM

Greenbrier, Arkansas (north of Little Rock) was magnificent! Clear, blue sky.
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Posted 09 April 2024 - 10:52 PM

Marshall,  AK 

Near perfect skies and Temps about 70 to 80 .

High cirrus near C1 was long gone before C2


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Posted 09 April 2024 - 11:52 PM

Erie, Pennsylvania report:  Sunday was absolutely clear blue skies all day. Monday morning brings clouds & rain... looks like hotels are the winners at $500-$1000/night!!  After the small city of Erie making national news and NASA statements as one of the hot spots the city would appear to be living up to it's typical ever-changing weather. But wait.... the sun is trying its best to pierce through at 1pm. Little by little the West sky shows hope of a possibility to view the eclipse after all. By 2pm thinning clouds allow viewing of the moon's initial transit. About 3:15p everyone is treated to probably 90% clarity at time of totality and after that, high level clouds disappear even more and air temperature warms further! The city also experiences a gorgeous sunset on Lake Erie.

 

The second thrill was me being at possibly the highest point in the county to see a panoramic deep orange sunset and far off city streetlights turn on!! A moving experience, one I'm still decompressing from given my support towards public viewing and education.


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Posted 10 April 2024 - 12:06 AM

Maine was perfectly clear and not burdened by excessive traffic.


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Posted 10 April 2024 - 12:45 AM

We were in Dallas TX which was completely overcast at 9:00 am. The weather models predicted less clouds in Fort Worth so we headed that way. Upon arrival mostly clear with a few high clouds, but seconds prior to totallity several large low clouds drifted towards the sun, however we lucked out and saw most of totallity through holes in the clouds. It was incredible and breathtaking. The prominences were naked eye, as well as the corona. Venus and Mercury clearly visible. Due to the cloudy sky, it got incredibly dark. This will be my third TSE... looking forward to 2026 or 2027

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Posted 10 April 2024 - 12:57 AM

Fostoria, Ohio. Succes!! Big crowd in Aeraland Recreational Area, and I was very fortunate and grateful to be among them. There were thin high clouds throughout partiality, but a further thinning and clearing during totality. Kudos to the local county for being onsite and well-prepared. And the adjacent nature preserve provided the perfect perch for the few who ventured out. I had relocated from Dallas Hill Country, which was delightful, and would have settled for a parking lot or a view from the rental car window. Ohio/Fostoria was quite a bit better than that! I left the site immediately after third contact, hoping to beat the traffic (didn’t help much, but I got to see the backroads back into Detroit and spend a night in the city after changing - again - flights). Thank you all, and warmest regards from Belgium.

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Posted 10 April 2024 - 04:17 AM

Plattsburgh, NY. ( extreme Northeast NY).  Had some high thin cirrus clouds, but did not impede the view at all, we had a great show. 


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Posted 10 April 2024 - 04:54 AM

Crystal clear in Barton, VT up to the beginning of the partial phase, then thin cirrus clouds moved in. They wiped out a lot of the fine detail in the corona, but on the other hand made the sky itself look much more dramatic during totality. Didn't interfer a bit with the views of Venus and Jupiter.

 

Wow, what about those solar prominences? Really lucked out on that front; they were biggies.


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Posted 10 April 2024 - 05:20 AM

Marshall,  AK 

Near perfect skies and Temps about 70 to 80 .

High cirrus near C1 was long gone before C2

Was this Marshall, Arkansas?

(About 100 miles each way between Little Rock AR and Springfield MO? Beautiful Ozark mountains!  — especially for bikers that love “twisties.”)





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