|We nearly made it... (was: We didn´t
make it...) think positive!
The night before the eclipse my wife Claudia, our daughter
Marlene, my friend Mitch (who came from Norway) stayed at
the house of my uncle in Meitingen, north of Augsburg near
the center-line. On the morning of the eclipse we decided
to drive to the eastern part of southern Bavaria.
We found a nice hill in the Village Rott near Rosenheim.
The sky was rather cloudy and some of the darker clouds
delivered curtains of rain. During the partial phase such
a rain-cloud passed, and we had to cover our equipment and
After a while we realized another rain-cloud was coming
our way and totality would be a wet mess.
We decided to move. After driving for about 20min. we stopped
with eight minutes to go before totality. But the clouds
were faster than we realized. After some glimpses of the
thin crescent sun a thick cloud covered it...
Because we watched totality under a thick cloud it was
very dark. The eclipse wind was rather strong, and at the
end of totality a very heavy rain started to fall. We got
soaked to the bones while trying to keep our equipment dry...
While we missed the wonderful corona (I remember it fondly
form Hawaii 1991). The darkness, wind, coldness made quite
an impression on us!
My parents and many friends of mine had success and reported
extraordinary experiences. They were spread from Reykjavik
(Iceland) to the Austrian-Hungarian border. Matthias sent
a detailed report about the observation of shadow bands
at third contact. My parents saw the moon´s shadow
racing toward them. Together, they experienced about everything
that is to see and feel during an eclipse: wind, coldness,
clouds going away before totality :-), clouds coming before
totality :-(, Bailey´s beads, diamond ring, rain shower,
Their observation reports make me feel a little less depressed
about my own experience. But hey, I was lucky to have seen
totality through a hole in the clouds at Kona/Hawaii in
1991, so for now I am even with the weather-god.