Signs of the coming eclipse

Mary and I are in Salina, Kansas, ready for a couple of days scouting locations in Nebraska to experience a total eclipse of the Sun. With luck, we will capture images for the Eclipse Megamovie 2017. We've both seen 4 partials including about half a second of a 90% total in Dublin and are ready for the real deal.

Traffic through Oklahoma and Kansas three days before the eclipse seemed normal for Interstate 35. Oklahoma has some cool signs counting down the days, hours, and minutes to the eclipse - a great way to build public awareness. Skies have been mostly clear so far, but we are picking up some high clouds as we move north. Kansas road side signs give the date and warn of additional traffic.

Overhead the sky has been bright blue, but at sunset this evening you can see the smoke from the west coast fires. The burning of America's western forests has become a sad summertime ritual.

I noticed that the US Weather service forecast site seemed much slower this evening. I plan to update my cached data at my forecasts at a glance pages each morning and evening until the eclipse.

Content created: 2017-08-18

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