In the Shadow of the Moon
Totality at Albany Helping Hands
By: Jim Willhight, Update: 10:11 August 15, 2017
Forecasting the Weather for the Eclipse
For eclipse viewers in western Oregon, the big question, will it be cloudy? The most common clouds we experience west of the Cascades during summer mornings is marine stratus which tends to fill the Willamette Valley and clear by late morning.
The Portland Office of the National Weather Service (NWS) has a great Eclipse web page with a map of the historic chance that any August 21st will be clear.
Here in Albany Oregon the chance is around 2 out of 3 (66.7%) that it will be clear based on historical reporting for the day of August 21st.
This probability is based on records from a ten year period 2001- 2011 for the weather stations at the air fields in Salem (67.4% McNary) and Eugene (60.8% Sweet).
The same NWS web page also has a forecast map for any area in the region. Choose temperature, wind, cloud cove and desired time from the menu/slider bars at the top of the map. Click on your location, and move the slider to see future forecasts.
National Weather Service forecasts are issued out to 7 days. You won't find forecasts for the 21st until the 14th, one week prior. There are however, other long range forecast providers.
Albany, OR Weather Forecasts for Eclipse Day 8/21/2017
Sunny, Clear, High 81, Low 55, There is just a slight chance of broken low clouds with the probability of rain 10%. This is based on the reports below (as of 10:00 8/16/2017)
- National Weather Service: This is from the NWS Hourly Forecast (available here) for the period of the total eclipse (10:00 AM PDT, Monday 8/2/2017
- Mostly Sunny, 65 degrees.
- The chance of clear sky 67%.
- Chance of Overcast sky 33%
- Chance of rain during eclipse 2%
- Winds NNW to 2 MPG
- Weather Channel (Weather.com):
- Mostly Sunny, No Chance of Rain, High 88 / Low 55.
- Sunny, 88 high / 54 low, chance of rain 2%.
- Weather Underground
- Sunny and Clear. 87 High, 55 low
- Foreca (Windows App Weather)
- Sunny, 84 High, 54 low, 2% chance of rain.
Key Eclipse Facts Albany & Vicinity
- Exact Location: Albany Helping Hands Shelter
- Where: 44.632 Degrees Latitude, -123.097 Latitude
- Street address: 693 SE 9th Avenue, Albany, OR 97322
- Date: Monday, August 21, 2017
- Totality Length: 1 Minute 50.9 seconds
- Time zone: PDT (UT-7), All times local
- Start of Partial Eclipse 9:05:05.9 AM
- Altitude: 27.7 degrees
- Azimuth: 101.1 degrees
- Start of Total Eclipse: 10:17:06.2 AM
- Altitude: 39.8 degrees
- Azimuth: 116.6 degrees
- Maximum Eclipse: 10:18:01.6 AM
- Altitude: 40.0 degrees
- Azimuth: 116.6 degrees
- End of Total Eclipse: 10:18:57.1 AM
- Altitude: 40.1 degrees
- Azimuth: 117.0 degrees
- End of Partial Eclipse: 11:37:42.5 AM
- Altitude: 39.8 degrees
- Azimuth: 116.6 degrees
- Path Width: 62 miles
- New Moon: 11:30 AM
For a detailed look and explanation of Azimuth and Altitude see Albany Helping Hands Shelter Facts later down this web page.
12 Miles from Path of Maximum Totality
The Albany Helping Hands Shelter is located 11.96 miles south of the Maximum shadow path.
Map 2 above shows the maximum path of totality as a red line. The 2 purple lines are the northern and southern boundaries of the path of totally.
Any location not inside the approximately 60 mile wide shadow path (Bend and Eugene for example) will not experience the 100% eclipse.
As one moves north (driving I-5 for example), closer to the maximum eclipse path, the length of the total eclipse increases.
The Total Eclipse at the maximum path north of AHH will be 2 minutes in length (2:00.3 to be exact).
That is 9.4 seconds longer that the darkness in Albany. The eclipse path is 62 miles wide at this point.
The Start of the total eclipse will hit landfall just north of Depoe Bay on the Oregon Coast at 10:16 AM PDT.
As the shadow of the moon moves across the country it's path will cross Idaho (10:26 AM PDT), Wyoming (10:35 AM), Nebraska (10:48 AM), Kansas (11:05 AM), Missouri and then Kentucky (11:23 AM PDT).
Greatest Duration of Eclipse
As the shadow caused by the moon crosses seven states, the size of totality (the shadow) increases as the moon's shadow cone passes closer to the Earth's center. At the widest point, the width of the shadow path will have increased by 11 miles, now 71 miles wide.
This is called the point of Greatest Duration. Here the total Eclipse will take place for 2 minutes 40 seconds, a full minute longer than in Lebanon, OR.
This will happen at 11:25 AM PDT on Cerulean Hopkinsville Road, Highway 624, 2 miles northeast of Cerulean, Kentucky a small town 90 miles Southeast of St. Louis.
Eclipse Details Azimuth and Bearing
location: Albany Helping Hands Shelter
Total eclipse: 1 minute 50.9 sec.
Maximum totally at 10:18:02 AM, 100% obscured
Dates are in a Year/Month/Day format.
Time is in UT (Universal Time).
For PDT (our local time) subtract 7 hours. For example 16:05 UT = 9:05 AM PDT
Alt= Degrees Altitude above the Horizion
Az= Degrees Azimuth (Compass bearing).
Partial Eclipse starts: 9:05:05.9 (16:05:05.9 UT). Per the table above for the shelter location the partial eclipse of the sun will be located at 101 degrees azimuth.
The Azimuth, or compass bearing of 101 Degrees is slightly (11 degrees) to the south of due east (East is 90 degrees, Southeast 135 degrees and South 180 degrees). Using the 32 Compass Points the bearing is East by South (EbS)
At eclipse beginning (in Albany) you will find the sun 27.7 degrees above the horizon. 90 Degrees is straight up, and 45 degrees is 1/2 way from horizon to sky. 27 Degrees is just over 1/4 way up the horizon.
Total Eclipse starts 10:17:06.2 (17:17:06.2 UT). At this time the Altitude is 40 degrees, just about half way above the horizon. The Azimuth is 117 degrees, ESE (East SouthEast) at the 4 O'clock position if facing north.
Maximum Eclipse 10:18:01.6 (17:18:01.6 UT). There is little change the Altitude (40 degeees) and the Azimuth (117 degrees) during the less than 2 minute period of totality.
End of Total Eclipse 10:18:51.1 (17:18:51.1 UT).
End of Partial Eclipse: 11:37:42 AM (18:37:42.5 UT) At the end of the eclipse, the Azimuth (Compass Bearing) of the sun will be 129.5 degrees, just about Southeast. At the event conclusion, locally the sun will have an Altitude of 51 degrees, over 1/2 way above the horizon.
Key Eclipse Information: AHH Farm & Woodlot
AHH U-Haul Rental, Farm
This location 5150 Santiam Highway SE (noted left) is the site of the Albany Helping Hands Firewood lot, U-Haul Rental Dealership, Pasture Raised Chicken Ranch and Farm.
Since the Albany Helping Hands Farm is east of the shelter, the start of the total eclipse here will be4.1 seconds later (10:17:10.3 AM) than the shelter's start
Since both locations are close in latitude the length of totality remains the same, 1 minute 50 seconds. Likewise the Altitude and Azimuth (Compass Bearing) are very close to the shelters (noted above).
Maximum Eclipse Path Crossing I-5
Where: The path of totality cross I-5 less then one half a mile (.46) north of the Milepost 244 Exit on Interstate 5.
This point is 2.4 miles south of Enchanted Village. This is 12.0miles north by east (15 degree bearing) from Albany Helping Hands.
The length of the total eclipse at this location will bea little over 2 minutes.
Totally will begin at 10:17:31.1 with the peak darkness 1 minute later at 10:18:31.
There is a possibility of extreme congestion, especially on normally heavy traveled Interstate 5, during the period surrounding the eclipse.
DO NOT STOP to view Eclipse on any Interstate Freeway, state highway, county road or city street. It's against state law and you may be sited. See special statement from the Linn County Sheriff.
Statement from Linn Co. Sheriff
"Our friends over at the Oregon State Police have answered the question of, “Can we stop on the side of the road to look at the Eclipse?” The simple answer is no.
It is unlawful to stop or park along a highway in Oregon. There are exceptions but a solar eclipse is not one of them. With expectation of high traffic volume surrounding the period of the eclipse, we are urging motorists to keep traffic flowing and not to stop, even momentarily, along the highway.
This is not only for safety of those traveling but emergency vehicles often use the shoulder of the highway. Those who do stop on the shoulder of the highway could be cited or towed.
Lebanon, Oregon Eclipse Timeline
Lebanon 44.536 N, 122.9058 W
As the path of the moon's shadow moves from west to east the shadow will reach Lebanon 10.2 seconds later than the AHH Farm in Albany.
Also, since Lebanon is further south than Albany, 19 miles from the maximum eclipse path, the length of the Total Eclipse will be 12.6 secondsless than Albany's; 1 minute 38.3 seconds (98.3 seconds)
- Lebanon Express: Lebanon Prepares for Eclipse
Law Enforcement/ Government
Oregon State Agencies
- Oregon Office of Emergency Management: Oregon.gov/OEM
- Oregon Department of Transportation: Oregon.gov/ODOT
- ODOT TripCheck: TripCheck.com
- Oregon Department of Forestry: Oregon.gov/ODF
Local Eclipse Events
- Linn-Benton Community College is hosting “Totality Inspired,” a two day Solar Eclipse Festival. Tent camping, star gazing, entertainment and activities Sunday, with breakfast for campers and eclipse viewing Monday. Camping: $40 per site for LBCC students, $100 per site for public, up to 4 per site. Sunday activities only: $5 for non-campers. Eclipse viewing is open and free. linnbenton.edu/eclipse.
- Albany Airport American Legion Party
Albany’s American Legion Post 10 is hosting a viewing party at the Albany Regional Airport on August 21st, starting at 6:00 a.m. Ticket-holders will be treated to a hot burrito breakfast, a comparative T-shirt, eclipse viewing glasses, and other amenities. For more information on ticket prices and event details, telephone the Legion at 541-926-0127, or visit their event Facebook page.
- Scio “Sol Wink Out” celebration
The covered bridge capital of the west, Scio is putting together a great three day celebration. There are multiple campsite opportunities, activities and fun events that will run from August 18th to the 22nd. There’s a dinner and dance on Saturday the 19th, featuring vintage rock and bluegrass, and a Chicken Dinner and Dance on Sunday the 20th, featuring live western swing music. For more information visit the official Scio Eclipse website.
- Albany Visitor Association Party in the Path
- City of Lebanon: Cheadle Lake Park will be the site of four-days of celebration with train excursions, a concert, food vendors, and TSE presentations by educators. The event is still in the planning stages so be sure to check back for more information as the summer approaches.
More Information on the subject
- NASA Interactive Map This is an interactive map covering the entire path of the eclipse. It's tied to a google map so you can zoom in, find your location and click on the map for the eclipse details for your location.
- NASA web site on the Eclipse. Great site for children and adults alike. With events, activities, how to watch the sun and other critical information.
- Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office Astronomical Eclipse Website
- Table of Eclipse Details- From NASA this table shows the exact position (latitude and longitude) of the northern and southern boundaries of totality, the center of the path, the moon to sun ratio, altitude of sun and azimuth (Compass bearing) for the entire eclipse in two minute intervals.
- OMSI Oregon Museum of Science and Industry: The OMSI website has an interactive Google map of the eclipse and a countdown clock.
- Eclipse Megamovie
- Great American Eclipse web site
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