Quote: Originally Posted by Arelem
As usual when there is some sort of cool night sky event, Chicago was socked in with heavy cloud cover.
I feel your pain......The Winter climate in the upper third of the US is usually cloudy.
I've lived in the Harrisburg-Baltimore metroplex all my life (63years) and I've only experienced one partial Solar (see below) and a few Lunar eclipses due to cloud cover, meteor showers? Ha! My birthday coincides with the Perseids peak (July 17 – August 24; Peak August 12–13)
and it is invariably cloudy mostly from a cold front that has thundershowers. I've seen one in the last 9years.
I have an observation tent that I've only used once about 20years ago to watch the Geminids, it is one of those older external aluminum frame types that I removed the stitching from three sides that made a flap in case it snowed or rained, I could toss the flap back over to protect the interior. I had binoculars, a sleeping-bag, heat, chairs, red lights for night vision, regular lights, TV-radio, and a cooler with sandwiches and libation.
It got down into the teen's, but I stuck it out and witnessed a good shower. I used it for a few more nights through February with my telescope for casual observing and every morning the dear wife took one look at me and asked; "Did you have fun?", and I replied Yes!
What I'm planning for is the Total Solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017
It's only going to be a partial in my area
but my plans are to get as close to Hopkinsville, Kentucky
where Maximum will occur. That will be my base and if it gets cloudy I can adjust either up or downstream of the path.
I was making plans with Britton30
to see if we could get hooked up to observe together since he lived nearby, but Life intervened and he passed on to a better life in early July.
You're going to have a partial for August 2017
and you'd only be 6½hours - 371miles
away from the path of totality, if you want to hook up let me know here, and we could finalize through PM's. I'm 750miles and 12hours away with stops. Hope the crude oil and gas prices stay low. I just checked heating oil today and its $2.99US
This is what I had to deal with during last years partial Solar eclipse. Looking East towards Harrisburg, Pa. from the confluence of the Conodoguinet creek and Susquehanna river:
Here's first light: