The 2017 Solar Eclipse is finally here and Oregon is one of the best states for viewing the eclipse. And, Madras, Oregon is one of the biggest points of interest for the eclipse. Here’s your guide on what time of day the eclipse is visible in Madras, the map and path of totality, weather forecasts, traffic news and more.
ECLIPSE TIME: According to Oregon Live, the eclipse will begin at 9:06 a.m. and end at 11:41 a.m., with total obscuration happening at 10:20 a.m. and ending at 10:21 a.m. local time.
WEATHER: Clear skies are expected throughout Oregon, though Oregon coastal areas may experience a few scattered clouds. For Madras, Oregon, there will be mainly sunny skies, as predicted by Weather.com. Between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m., temperatures are estimated to range from 68 to 73 degrees.
PATH WIDTH: 61.8 miles
TRAFFIC: Expect heavy traffic due to the estimated 1 million people traveling into the path of totality, which is a 60-mile-wide band though the middle of Oregon, as reported by Oregon Live. The LA Times reported that it’s been so busy in Madras, Oregon that the National Guard was called to assist. Traffic was reportedly at a stand-still for hours as the town is a small one, with a population of about 7,000 people. So, when over 100,000 come to town, there will clearly be an issue. Definitely beware of traffic heading to the airport after the eclipse.
MAPS & PATH: Madras, Oregon sits at the center of the path of totality in Oregon.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Madras, Oregon sits in the high desert of Central Oregon, with unobstructed views. For tips on visiting the area during the day of the eclipse, click here. Be sure to wear your protective safety glasses at all times when viewing the eclipse.