Eclipse: 92% was no big deal

24 thoughts on “Eclipse: 92% was no big deal”

  1. I’m told we got 86% or so coverage here, but I couldn’t tell through the total overcast. The TV coverage was impressive, both for the number of channels involved as well as for the way it revealed far more interest from people than I expected. That enthusiasm is what really made it special for me. I hope you celebrate your 81st withe a big old eclipse bash!

    1. Oh the TV coverage was wonderful. It was so neat watching broadcasters in relative sunlight, and then the darkness dropping like a curtain. There’s been little else on the local news all week, probably because we were so close to the path of totality (4 hr drive to Casper, WY). Yep, if I’m still around for the next eclipse, a bash will definitely be in order.

  2. It didn’t do much here, either. We were supposed to have 89%, and it just looked like it was maybe 5 p.m. I was working, but did watch some of the live stream from South Carolina. I’m sure it was more exciting in person.

    The one in 2024 is supposed to reach totality down here in Arkansas, so let me know if you’re comin’! 😉

    1. Yep, that’s what my son said. Looked like quittin’ time. I was disappointed. I thought 92% would be … more. Or something.

      Careful what you offer. You might find a little ol’ lady tottering up your front walk.

  3. We were about 75-80% here. I could notice a bit of a difference. The sun is so blazing bright here that I could tell it was slightly subdued. If I didn’t know there was an eclipse, though, I wouldn’t have noticed it. Back in 2010, I think, we had an annular eclipse here, 100%, and it was awesome! It didn’t get dark but definitely dimmed the light, kinda like at dusk. I got some nice photos. I had ordered some film for viewing on Amazon so we could all watch it — well, we had to share the film and I used it over the camera lens. Next ones are 2023 Annular, and 2024 Total. The Annular goes over Albuquerque again.

    1. It was about like an eclipse that occurred during my working years in OKC. Looking out you could see that the light had gotten a little strange, but that was about all.

  4. Nicest thing about the eclipse for me was that two different neighbors from across the street came over and offered to let me look at the eclipse through their glasses… 🙂

  5. I was a bit underwhelmed about the whole thing. I did notice, as you say, that something was a bit ‘off’—the lighting had changed, and the morning brightness was suddenly gone. I’m happy, though, that so many enjoyed it, and that it was a rare unifying event, which was a welcome change!

  6. Thank you for posting the pictures and comments. I live in Tallahassee, FL where we had 86% of totality and clear skies at the time, and I had similar observations as you. It was nice to see the interest in the eclipse and the experiences recorded in areas of totality, and I did appreciate the opportunity to see it with glasses. However, after hearing so much hype and excitement about the event in our area, I intentionally sought out some straightforward commentary about the marginally detectable difference outside of the areas of totality. The temperature here dropped here maybe 4-5 degrees from our balmy summer conditions and the light was less intense, and very close observation provided some extra interest in the shadows. However, if I wasn’t looking for effects of an eclipse, I would’ve given it about as much attention as a passing cloud.

    1. After all the hype here, perhaps because we live within a 4-hour drive of the path of totality, I was really disappointed. I thought 92% would be a big deal, a lot more noticeable than it was. I took the pictures while thinking, “Seriously, is this all there is?” And then posted them with the idea that surely things were different elsewhere. Evidently if you weren’t in the direct path of totality, this was about as good as it got. Wish someone had explained that ahead of time. I might have driven to Wyoming after all.

  7. My son in law went to Madras and got lots of photos, etc. Said it was totally worth it. My daughter said that their were weird light pattern effects in Seattle when the sun got down to a mere sliver.

    1. Local TV news showed some photos taken around here where the partially eclipsed sun, shining through the leaves on the trees, created dozens of little crescents on the sidewalk, sort of like the images you’d see using a pinhole viewer, but bigger and cast naturally.

... and that's my two cents