Eclipse Impresses Residents
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 21, 2017
After months of preparation, the solar eclipse was a memorable experience for those who witnessed both the partial and the totality phase.
Even for those who stayed outside the moon’s shadow, the temperature dropped, the light dimmed, and street lights came on in Cody when the moon covered 98 percent of the sun.
Young people who had never before experienced a solar eclipse were impressed by the process, although Evan Wambeke of Cody said that he didn’t expect to be this excited by the event.
Evan’s brother Ben Wambeke added that it was a great way to send off summer.
But for those who experienced totality, the impact was measurable. Bill Froehlich, a Laramie resident, traveled to Douglas to experience totality with his family. He said the experience was indescribable.
Towns outside the path of totality were relatively quiet as residents and visitors flocked to areas within the 70 mile path that was completely covered.
Cliff Brian traveled from Cody to Thermopolis this morning, and he says the traffic was bumper to bumper between Cody and Meeteetse, and the Wind River Canyon was full of vehicles.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol says that as of this morning, the traffic count went above 200,000 vehicles MORE than the average traffic for this day over the past five years.