On August 21, 2017 the United States will encounter a total solar eclipse. It's the first one to grace the continental United States since 1979 and the first to run from sea to shining sea since 1918. Although a total solar eclipse — when the new moon passes in front of the sun and blocks its bright disk — happens once every year or two somewhere in the world, it's still a rare sight.
Why does this matter to the teardrop community? Well I'm glad you asked! This late summer phenomenon will be best viewed in 10 states and according to many leading solar eclipse enthusiasts, your best chance at a great viewing location will be campgrounds across the country. Cue the teardrops!
According to Great American Eclipse...
Wherever you go, every eclipse viewer should have a plan for mobility. Even in the sunniest locations, you don’t want to be caught under a cloud during the precious two minutes of totality. Pick a location with a good and uncrowded highway system that you can use to relocate the day before, the morning of, or the hour before the eclipse if weather threatens. The total solar eclipse will be such a spectacle that you won’t regret making the effort to find a clear viewing location.
Another piece of advice is to stay flexible in your plan for eclipse day. August is a perfect time of year for camping, so consider bringing a tent or recreational vehicle in case a weather system forces you to relocate several hundred miles. Even if you reserve a hotel room in a prime location, don’t stay fixed to a location if the short-term weather forecast is not favorable.
I am already scouting a spot for our family to enjoy the solar eclipse. Stay tuned for more info on the eclipse and be sure to let us know where you plan to watch!
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