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Twitch: Solar Eclipse!

Buffalo, NY

semi-overcast 50 °F

APRIL 8, 2024:

Yes, and eclipse twitch! And yes, I know I am miserably behind in posting!

As you may know, the weather was NOT cooperating through the path of totality in western New York. It was OVERCAST! Ugh.

So, on a whim, I called up my friend Jiabao to ask if he might be willing to “chase” the eclipse to see if we could find an opening in the overcast. Luckily, he was game, and we were in the car 90 minutes before totality, charging down I-90 in hopes of finding a break in the clouds. I also had my mom on the phone, giving me directions to what looked, on the satellite, like the thinnest layer in the clouds.

She directed me toward Caledonia, NY as we were driving down I-90 but I saw lighter clouds further west and while making the decision, I missed the exit so I decided to head towards the little town of Le Roy. Essentially, at this point, I was hoping upon hopes to find a break in what seemed a completely overcast sky.

The clouds kept looking lighter to the west so we drove west on Highway 20, parallel to I-90. At this point, we were minutes away from totality and just hoping that this lighter patch would somehow miraculously line up with the eclipse.

Suddenly, as we were coasting westward down the highway, I SPOTTED IT so I yelled “Jiabao pull over!!!” and I kid you not when I say we pulled over into a random person’s driveway, hoping they would understand given the special circumstances.


The skies were darkening…

And soon, especially with the overcast skies, it was pitch black! We took a selfie for a before/after—

The 360-degree sunset all around was absolutely incredible:

And, as the corona was unfortunately never visible (the clouds became too thick), we tracked the horizon as totality gradually left us:

And here is the “after” of the before/after:

Later, we made a quick stop at Darien Lake State Park where we also had a chance to admire the sun on the “other” side of the eclipse. Too cool!

Happy birding and eclipsing!

Many more exciting things to come!

Happy birding,
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Posted by skwclar 01:09 Archived in USA

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So glad you took a crazy road trip to 'chase' totality! We canceled out on a trip to Arkansas due to forecast. However, skies did actually clear for Little Rock. we had fun here looking at weird shadows and noticing the birds all going quiet. (including the "evening Robin")

by Mary McCutchan

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