Eclipse 12 Hours Away: Good Viewing Most Areas

10pm Sunday

Can you believe we’re only hours away from the big event?  I’m live in Madras this evening on the 10 O’Clock News.  Bandwidth is extremely limited over here due to thousands of extra people using their phones so I’ll make it brief.

Viewing for almost all of you in the path of totality looks great.  As expected, the last few miles of land close to the ocean beaches may be shrouded in fog or clouds.  Other than that only a few thin high clouds or a little fire smoke/haze should get in the way.  Astronomers here tell me that neither should be an issue.  Check out the WRF-GFS cloud cover product for 5am and then 11am



You get the idea.  We shouldn’t see a repeat of the high clouds we saw overhead today.

Traffic has been just fine across the region too.

So stay safe and enjoy the eclipse tomorrow!  I’ll be live at the Madras airport from 6am to 1pm.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


39 Responses to Eclipse 12 Hours Away: Good Viewing Most Areas

  1. Garron 1/3 of a mile from the Hillsboro airport says:

    I’ve now been in 4 eclipses in my 46 years of life. One here in 1979, with clouds, one in the middle east in 82 or 83 looking through a pinhole in a box, one in Hawaii early 90’s but was partially cloudy, and this one! By far the best viewing of my life! I plan to go to Patagonia in 2019. The totality is supposed to last something like 7 minutes? The closer to the equator an eclipse is viewed, the longer totality lasts.

  2. Turns out I didn’t need to drive all the way to Grant County to get clear skies, Salem would have sufficed. Oh well, better to travel to the east side and not have needed to than to not travel there and get clouded out by a marine push. Overall, it was well worth the trip, and I got to experience 2 minutes of totality (camped on the centerline, felt more like 30 seconds, but my watch didn’t lie) in a remote wild area with a few friends.

    Yes, the corona was far larger (and a different color) than I expected, too. In fact, the colors of the whole thing (sky, ambient light) were one of the most astounding things. No photograph does them justice. So brief and otherworldly it’s hard to believe I actually experienced it.

  3. runrain says:

    I watched totality from Mollala High School. 1:11 of totality. It was spectacular and memorable but agree not life changing. I didn’t cry! I thought the corona would be more yellowish like the sun but it was white. And with the black sky it was a very much black and white show. The stars appearing was cool and the diamond ring effect as totality exited was amazing. The waves that appeared on the ground before totality was interesting too. The crowd counted down the final 10 seconds and there was a lot of whoops and hollers! Traffic was cake too. I snuck home to Happy Valley on Springwater Road. Home before noon.

  4. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Sorry about the big logo, but I spend entirely too much time, money and effort to take photos to have them taken 🙂

  5. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Here is a gallery from the eclipse yesterday. In the wide angle photos, note the file name. That is the time. 20 seconds makes a huge difference!

    • oregonalex (Rock Creek, 240 ft) says:

      Absolutely perfect pictures!

      They confirm what I also found surprising: The corona was massive, but I noticed very few, if any, visible solar prominences. I thought it was due to viewing it with just a naked eye, but obviously the same is obvious on the lens-magnified shots.

      Once covered by the moon, it is startling how tiny the Sun appears. We are really pretty far from that thing, aren’t we?

      I was also surprised how dark-undark the sky was during totality. I could only see a couple of planets, no stars to speak of. Maybe this was because I was so high up and could see most of the undarkened perimeter of the sky.

      The partial eclipse phase is nothing to sneeze at. It gives you the proper astronomical context. Very neat to see in itself. The totality is only the cherry on top.

      All in all, it was exceedingly interesting experience. It did not change my life 🙂 or turn me into an eclipse chaser, but was a wonderful thing thing to see nevertheless.

      Hope you all enjoyed it too and nobody has any blurred vision today ;).

  6. Jake-(Gresham near Nadaka Nature Park) says:

    Morning everyone. Oh man was yesterday worth the trip! I went down 205 and then 213 to just North of Silverton. Found a nice farm with parking and set up camp. People were parking on the grass and side of the road. It was like the whole community came out to watch with blankets, camera, and picnics. And a few retired folks with fold-able tables and wine lol! It was amazing. Farmers had their kids come by with ATVs to collect a $10 dollar parking fee and everyone got set in place. I have never seen such an event like this in my life.

    The birds stopped flying in the air. The brightest stars came out. And Mt. Hood off across the farm fields and forests went in the dark along with the rolling hills. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Then it was a mad dash back home through the East county back rounds (Molalla was a sea of cars). Left at 10:30am and made it home 2 hours later on the dot. Not too bad. Overall, I didn’t even try to take camera shots. I just gawked at it with the naked eye! So amazing.

  7. Jason Hougak says:

    I experienced it from the Bull of the Woods fire lookout tower. Stayed the night there Friday night with amazing views with the Whitewater Fire and others south filling the sky with smoke. Saturday morning was amazing with the cooler air pushing the smoke into the valley and low clouds it made for spectacular sunrise pictures. We backpacked over 30 miles getting back to the lookout this morning to join about 100 others. A new forest fire started Sunday just east of the wilderness near the Elk Lake Creek trailhead. The presence of smoke however just added to the growing excitement of the solar eclipse. As the event started the light gradually dimmed but most notable was the temperature drop. It was mild and I wore shorts and a shirt. By the time the sun was half blocked it was cold enough I even got chilly. The event really didn’t stand out until those final moments when the last of the suns glow burned away like a candle wick and day turned quickly to night. The view of the total eclipse without needing special glasses during this period was absolutely understandable. The Cascade peaks to the north still shown bright with sunlight while Jefferson was visible above the smokey wildfire. The brightest stars shown brightly for the brief event as our souls longed for the moment to never end. The rays of sunlight deflected off the moon will be an image I’ll never forget. Then as quickly as it began the moon passes enough for the sun to once again bring light and the moment passes by forever now only a memory. Thanks be to God for this awesome experience and can only imagine what better things He will have in store in Heaven.

    • Jason Hougak says:

      Indescribable not understandable

    • lurkyloo says:

      Wow, Jason. That was an awesome review of your experience!

    • Paul D says:

      After hearing from a couple different people who were in the 100% totality zone, I feel I missed out being at 99.4%. I am amazed at the difference. A cousin of mine in Yachats said she was able to see stars in the sky – that was not even possible in Hillsboro. If I had known how big of a difference 0.6% would make, I probably would have put in an effort to be in “the zone”. It was awesome, nonetheless.

    • @Paul_D As someone who witnessed totality, I say the difference between a 99.4% partial eclipse and a total eclipse is like the difference between a lightning bug and actual lightning.

  8. oregonalex (Rock Creek, 240 ft) says:

    It is entirely thanks to this blog that I have experienced this eclipse at all. On Saturday, I still had no eclipse glasses and decided to skip the whole event. But when I woke up (late) on Sunday, I noticed that Paul D posted a craigslist source for the glasses. And EugeneDave posted in no uncertain terms that this is not an event to miss. So, after a bit of dillydallying, at about 1pm I texted Paul’s source in Forest Grove. He still had 40 pairs of glasses. I jumped in the vehicle, drove to Forest Grove and got two pairs of legit glasses. Drove back home, loaded the 4Runner with gear and at 4:30pm we took off for Eastern Oregon. Passed through the town of Spray with the last glimmers of daylight and when we turned onto a jeep trail in the Umatilla NF, it was already pitch dark. After a few miles of bouncing about on the trail we found a semi-reasonable bare turnoff where we parked for the night and went to sleep in the back.

    Woke up at 6am, drove a few more miles south to the base of Little Tamarack Mountain, parked the vehicle and bushwhacked on foot the 1000 vertical feet to the top. When we arrived, the partial eclipse has just started. So we sat on a rock for a couple of hours and enjoyed the event. It was a pretty grand place to experience it. At 5000ft elevation we had wide ranging view of the Eastern Oregon moonscape-like countryside with John Day river snaking in the distance. It was just me and my wife, the closest people were some campers down below about a mile away and hidden from view. It was even a bit spooky as the darkness descended.

    When it was over, we got down to the vehicle, hanged around a bit, and drove back. Got home half past seven, including a leg-stretch in Deschutes River SP and a pizza stop in Hood River. We encountered no delays or dense traffic there or back. Portland was unusually clear of traffic both ways.

    Thanks EugeneDave and Paul D for making this crazy adventure possible :).

  9. ocpaul says:

    At 300′ in Oregon City. Not too dramatic really. (No total eclipse here of course. Sat with neighbors near our house in a field. Gravel road, no asphalt. The light change was minor, (like Photoshopping a photo darker by 20-30%. The temp drop was dramatic. The neighborhood is solid green space. There’s nothing to hold heat, so when the sun dimmed you could feel the heat loss quickly

  10. Joshua Downtown PDX says:

    The eclipse was cool. Now, to the weather. The GFS operational had better be drunk, or we are getting at least 10 straight days of 90+ starting this Saturday. Lord help us.

    • Paul D says:

      For once I’m leaving town and it’s getting hot and it’ll be cooler where I am going!

  11. WEATHERDAN says:

    Wow!!!. Went to Bush’s Pasture Park which is 1 block away from my home to see the total eclipse.It was a bucket list experience for me, and it was all I expected it to be. Hot weather ahead for State Fair which begins Friday. Peace.

    • Eugene Dave says:

      I drove up to the totality zone. Totally worth it. An experience I’ll never forget. Hardly any traffic as well where I went.

  12. Andrew Bartholomew says:

    This may be a really dumb question, but does it just feel colder because of the lack of sunshine or does the temperature actually drop during an eclipse? It felt significantly cooler with the darkness. Thanks!

    • roland Derksen says:

      It’s NOT a dumb question; Here in Vancouver (BC) we had only a partial eclipse, and I definetly felt a drop in temperature. The day light was reduced somewhat too, but not as much as I expected.

    • Paul D says:

      I had a thermometer in the shade while I watched, and it went from 71 to 64.

    • Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

      It’s a great question. Two things happened, the actual air temperature dropped a few degrees, and the amount of sun reaching you (out of the shade) was dimmed considerably. When then sun is directly on you this time of the year it can feel up to 20 degrees warmer, so losing that provided the most noticeable difference.

  13. With all the hype………………

    Did I miss it???? What a SCAM!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Aw, crud I know I should have made the trip out to Woodbury. It just got a little dim in St Helens. I even took my rat dog for a walk, hoping the sudden twilight would freak him out and I would see some panicky birds. No confused canine. No psyched out birds. Nothing. The 98.3% partial eclipse suck solar ass. I hope the preppy tourists and homeless in Salem enjoyed the total eclipse, with the resultant darkness, exposing the sun,s ghostly, enchanting corona sarcasm. Ah, well, at least it was dark enough to activate the streetlights.

  15. Paul D says:

    It’s happening and the sky is clear!

  16. Ken in Sheridan says:

    Location: GO!! Weather: GO!! Cameras:GO!! ALL SYSTEMS GO!!!!

  17. Phil in Beaverton says:

    Third morning in Newport and the first we’ve woken up to significant clouds. Hopefully it burns off by 10am.

  18. Paul D says:

    Clear in Hillsboro!

  19. Dallin Burnett says:

    “The total solar eclipse is only house away”.
    Wow! :O Good to know I only need to go next door to be in the path of totality. I thought I would need to travel forty miles or so south.

  20. JERAT416 says:

    Traffic was fine at 3:30 when I drove over the Marquam on my way to work but southbound I5 was definitely a bit busier than northbound.

  21. Boydo3 N. Albany says:

    All is good and ready!

  22. Paul D says:

    Just saw you on TV! Should be a fun day.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the update!!

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