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Old 08-24-2016, 08:11 PM
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Default 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

There will be a total solar eclipse visible over a huge area of the US on August 21, 2017. I want to see it so I am going to fly to Moncks Corner (KMKS) which is just North of Charleston S.C. to watch it from the airport ramp. Maybe we can do a get-together to see it.

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Old 08-24-2016, 08:45 PM
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:51 PM
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Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 41.2 seconds

Totality begins at 1:24 p.m. CDT

The civic boosters of Hopkinsville cite their fair city as the best spot in the nation for the eclipse. While Hopkinsville is a great location, you can travel for hundreds of miles east and west along the eclipse centerline and receive within 1 or 2 seconds of maximum eclipse duration. But if you would like to join a festive crowd, Hopkinsville will certainly be a great location to enjoy the eclipse. More at http://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/kentucky/
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:26 PM
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Booked our rental in Oregon last year

Reminds me I need to schedule a rental car...
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:36 PM
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We're planning a quick jaunt up to a park just S of St. Louis for the viewing with friends.
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Old 10-26-2016, 01:24 PM
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Default Ditto:

I think this is something that would be nice to take a trip out with the RV and see. Bobby has a good sight in where he lives, but it looks to me to be southern Illinois that would be the prime sight to pick out an airport or gathering spot. We will mark this one down to keep track of, thanks guys.
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Old 10-26-2016, 02:12 PM
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Default Total Solar Eclipse 1970

I remember we had a total solar eclipse on Mar. 7, 1970 while stationed in Va Bch, VA. Weirdest deal ever since it started getting dark at 1100 or so and then all the street lights turned on, the temp felt like it dropped by 5 degrees, and all the dogs in the neighborhood freaked out and started howling!
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Old 10-26-2016, 02:39 PM
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Question Clear skies

I think the question this far in advance may be "Which part of the path is most likely to be cloud-free in late August?"

A quick check of Moncks Corner showed 16 days of Thunderstorms, 5 days of Rain and 5 days of Scattered/Partly Cloudy for August of 2016. Only three days were labeled as Clear.

Weather changes of course, but I'm thinking the best odds for clear skies may be in the desert areas of Oregon. Planning this far ahead needs to be based on averages and past history...
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Old 10-26-2016, 02:39 PM
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Default DO IT NOW

I think that you will find that many rooms and campgrounds are already booked full, by tour operators and individuals. In OR I did find a Days Inn that had a room - for $950!! Be prepared to pay top dollar.
Call the airport and ask about reserving a tie down. Many airports will be at capacity. Same for rental cars.
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Old 10-26-2016, 02:45 PM
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I think this is something that would be nice to take a trip out with the RV and see. Bobby has a good sight in where he lives, but it looks to me to be southern Illinois that would be the prime sight to pick out an airport or gathering spot. We will mark this one down to keep track of, thanks guys.
Yours, R.E.A. III #80888
Carbondale, IL only had 2 clear days in Aug. 2016, but I would guess the 9 days labeled as Fog would have clear skies by eclipse time.
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