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It's already getting eclipse crazy here. The little gas station where I buy my fuel HAD A LINE OF CARS EIGHT DEEP waiting this morning. That never happens! The nice little girl who always fuels for me said people are saying they're getting ready for the eclipse because they're afraid the gas stations are going to run out due to all the extra people coming into the state. She also said the state police guys told them that come Sunday they expect the two-lane state highway that their gas station sits on will be a parking lot. What normally is about a 25-minute trip to get to the next little town, they're anticipating will be a NINE HOUR trip. Lord have mercy! I got my e-clipse glasses today and I'm gonna be coming home Thursday afternoon from the grocery store and not going anywhere before Tuesday morning.

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1 hour ago, PurpleDawg said:

It's already getting eclipse crazy here. The little gas station where I buy my fuel HAD A LINE OF CARS EIGHT DEEP waiting this morning. That never happens! The nice little girl who always fuels for me said people are saying they're getting ready for the eclipse because they're afraid the gas stations are going to run out due to all the extra people coming into the state. She also said the state police guys told them that come Sunday they expect the two-lane state highway that their gas station sits on will be a parking lot. What normally is about a 25-minute trip to get to the next little town, they're anticipating will be a NINE HOUR trip. Lord have mercy! I got my e-clipse glasses today and I'm gonna be coming home Thursday afternoon from the grocery store and not going anywhere before Tuesday morning.

 

 

Why do I get the feeling that we are looking at a Y2K-like overreaction?

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1 hour ago, Radio Shack Killa said:

 

 

Why do I get the feeling that we are looking at a Y2K-like overreaction?

Maybe where you are, but not here.

 

Remember how I've said Oregon's infrastructure is from the '80s at best? This will be a huge test of the highway system. The state emergency management people are using this as a prep for the big earthquake. People from as far away as LA are coming up here to be in the 60-mile wide path of totality and they're not utilizing the whole width of the state that that path traverses. They want to be in one little town called Madras, which normally has a population of less that 7,000. There are two ways to get to Madras and each is a two lane state highway. The girl at the gas station this morning also told me the state troopers told her they're expecting it to be a 39 hour trip (usually about 2.5) from her station to Madras. That's just insane.

 

The state has been preparing for this event for over a year and they anticipate more than 1 million people will converge on the area where 100% of the sun is covered by the moon. Hotels and campgrounds have been booked since the beginning of the year for the entire western half of the state. As I said in another post, people are renting parking spaces to sleep in overnight because all the rooms are booked. Residents in Madras, Salem, and other towns in the path are either renting their entire homes, rooms in their homes, or spaces in their yards for camping, and getting a LOT of money for them, too. Portland isn't even in the path of totality and the local government is cautioning us that our major roads and highways will be parking lots beginning Thursday night because of all the people who are going to decide at the last second to go 40 miles south to see the full eclipse. They're telling us to get groceries, medicine, gas, etc. before Thursday because they anticipate shortages and that deliveries won't be able to get through until the middle of next week.

 

These two reddit threads will be fun to watch from the comfort of my chair starting Friday.

The Portland Eclipse MegaThread: https://www.reddit.com/r/Portland/comments/6tq01z/solar_eclipse_megathread/?sort=new

The Oregon Eclipse MegaThread: https://www.reddit.com/r/oregon/comments/6mgznx/2017_oregon_solar_eclipse_apocalypse_megathread/

 

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Hahahahahahahaha! Absolutely insane! (Reply from a redditor to a question from somebody about driving from Eugene to Portland and back on Saturday.)

"Just saw an interview on Facebook live with an OregonDOT person on WashingtonDOTs page saying it could take 3 DAYS to make a 3-hour drive. This is not a rumor, but an ODOT official saying this."

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4 hours ago, PurpleDawg said:

Hahahahahahahaha! Absolutely insane! (Reply from a redditor to a question from somebody about driving from Eugene to Portland and back on Saturday.)

"Just saw an interview on Facebook live with an OregonDOT person on WashingtonDOTs page saying it could take 3 DAYS to make a 3-hour drive. This is not a rumor, but an ODOT official saying this."

It could be worse, and you could be on the water, because history has shown that a three-hour boat tour takes years instead of days...

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1 hour ago, Feeling Froggy said:

It could be worse, and you could be on the water, because history has shown that a three-hour boat tour takes years instead of days...

 

Now that you mention going by boat, people are trying to figure out how to get around Willamette Falls in Oregon City, the largest falls by volume in the PNW, so they can get down south to totality by water instead of by car. There were locks there, but they closed in 2011. I think there are going to be a ton of folks trying to haul their boats south of Oregon City to put in and then float on down to Salem. Trouble is, they're going to have a lot of company on a narrow river plus hell getting through all the cars on one of the major vehicle routes south while they are hauling.

 

This is all going to be delicious for those of us staying home and watching on the internet.

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Ain't gonna be funny when the marine layer rolls inland that morning and nobody can see the sun anyhow. Lots of pissed off Californians trying to head south in the gridlock then. 

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12 minutes ago, PurpleDawg said:

Ain't gonna be funny when the marine layer rolls inland that morning and nobody can see the sun anyhow. Lots of pissed off Californians trying to head south in the gridlock then. 

 

The local paper had this story about the NWS prediction for the likelihood of it being cloudy where you live during the eclipse and it does have the portion immediately next to the coast under "Poor" but Portland looks to be "Fair" and most of Oregon is "Good."  South Carolina at the other end of the "Path of Totality" is "Poor".

 

Pittsburgh, FWIW, is currently in a big band of "Good."  So we only get an 80% eclipse, but we'll be able to see it ...

 

Will cloud cover obscure Monday's solar eclipse in Pittsburgh and beyond?

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8 hours ago, Duquesne Frog said:

 

The local paper had this story about the NWS prediction for the likelihood of it being cloudy where you live during the eclipse and it does have the portion immediately next to the coast under "Poor" but Portland looks to be "Fair" and most of Oregon is "Good."  South Carolina at the other end of the "Path of Totality" is "Poor".

 

Pittsburgh, FWIW, is currently in a big band of "Good."  So we only get an 80% eclipse, but we'll be able to see it ...

 

Will cloud cover obscure Monday's solar eclipse in Pittsburgh and beyond?

Maybe not be cloud cover obscuring the sun after all. Level 2 "Be Ready" wildfire evacuation notice given this afternoon for an area within ground zero of the path of totality, just about 20 miles SW of Madras as the crow flies. The friend who adopted my horse lives there and has everything packed and the pick up pointing out of the driveway for when they give the Level 3 notice. Just needs to load up the four leggers and be on the way. However, she says fuel is scarce and there are thousands of extra people in the area already. This is what the emergency management people were most concerned about.

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2 hours ago, PurpleDawg said:

Maybe not be cloud cover obscuring the sun after all. Level 2 "Be Ready" wildfire evacuation notice given this afternoon for an area within ground zero of the path of totality, just about 20 miles SW of Madras as the crow flies. The friend who adopted my horse lives there and has everything packed and the pick up pointing out of the driveway for when they give the Level 3 notice. Just needs to load up the four leggers and be on the way. However, she says fuel is scarce and there are thousands of extra people in the area already. This is what the emergency management people were most concerned about.

 

Probably a smoker from Oakland tossing a cigarette in the woods.

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55 minutes ago, crunch said:

From Oakland?  Is that a race thing?

 

I suppose so. Oakland is 26% white so I'm talking mainly about blacks and Hispanics with a good strong dosage of Asians. I'm pretty sure no minority white guy would smoke carelessly.

 

Alternatively you might consider generically highly urbanized and highly industrialized as opposed to rural forested.  Nah.

 

 

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Don't forget to honor the vast void of emptiness the total solar eclipse will create in your psyche. 

 

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Our director got eclipse glasses for everybody in her group, and had them shipped down to us from Memphis.

 

 

 

I can see why they dont want you driving with them on.  Cuz you cant see a dang thing.

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I'm pissed at our weathercritters.  All last week, the forecast was for clear skies and beautiful weather today.  Now there is a 60% chance of t-storms this afternoon.  Dammit!

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11 minutes ago, Duquesne Frog said:

I'm pissed at our weathercritters.  All last week, the forecast was for clear skies and beautiful weather today.  Now there is a 60% chance of t-storms this afternoon.  Dammit!

What time do you get the show? How much obscuration?

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24 minutes ago, Radio Shack Killa said:

Our director got eclipse glasses for everybody in her group, and had them shipped down to us from Memphis.

 

 

 

I can see why they dont want you driving with them on.  Cuz you cant see a dang thing.

Finding glasses is turning out to be a mass crap shoot here. Lots of the "certified" ones which are supposed to be safe have turned out to be fake. Just this morning a major source of glasses put out a warning recalling theirs. But, they'll give you a free cup of coffee if you bring them back, so there's that. 

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