My apologies for the hiatus in blog postings of late...we have been training on and configuring the new weather graphics system that we launched last week. Now that we are back on more normal footings here in the weather office, we'll be able to post more to the blog. While the headline of this piece may seem a little ridiculous, the Total Eclipse of 2017 created a little buzz this week, since it will arrive on August 21, 2017 around 1:30 p.m. CDT in the southern half of the Tri-State.
Since humans have looked to the heavens, eclipses have created fear, marvel and awe as the noon day sun is completely obliterated by the shadow of the moon. Ancient people thought eclipses foretold dire consequences. In modern times, "eclipse chasers" travel the globe to experience the rush of darkness and the brief chill that accompanies totality during an eclipse.
While eclipses happen fairly often, it is rare for them to cross such a wide swath of North America. Here is a map of the path of the eclipse:
As you can see, Evansville will be right on the northern fringe, so the midday sun will only dim briefly. To really experience the spooky midday darkness of totality, you'll have to venture south of the Western Kentucky Parkway. Hopkinsville and Paducah will be in the center of totality, meaning nearly 2 and half minutes of darkenss will arrive, beginning at 1:24 p.m.
It will be worth the effort to head down the road a few miles to view this spectacular site. We'll hope for a clear day for optimal effect. If you are unable to travel on that date, you'll only have to wait 7 more years, as a total eclipse will be seen in Evansville then.
Hotels will likely book up months or years in advance of the eclipse, since people from all over the US and the world will flock to the area for the experience. I already have the date blocked out on my calendar. Hope to see you there !