Clouds overshadow sun during eclipse in Lincoln City: 'We took a chance'
LINCOLN CITY, Ore. —
Just after 9 a.m. the partial solar eclipse started at the Oregon Coast.
The few hundred who stood and stared at the sky at D River State Park were greeted by clear skies.
Within 15 minutes, clouds overshadowed the sun. People pushed their solar eclipse glasses closer to their eyes and squinted hoping to still see a faint image of the sun.
Minutes before totality hit it started to get dark. The clouds thinned out just enough for people to see the last remnants of the sun fall behind the moon.
Cheers erupted from the onlookers as they watched from the beach. During totality, solar eclipse glasses aren't needed, and people were able to freely see the sun's corona.
Banking on clear skies at the coast is a bit like putting your money on red while playing roulette, slightly worse than 50-50.
But as people saw the smaller than expected crowds, some people made a last second trip to the coast and took the risk.
"It was perfect the last one I think I was 7 and I hardly remember it but it was beautiful," said Lindy Lahatt, who came in from Portland for the day with his daughter. "We took a chance coming up here when it was a little foggier but it worked out."