And with that in mind, I am hopeful that the upcoming total solar eclipse will at least be fairly notable here in Portland, since we are quite close. I foolishly did not make any plans to be ensconced somewhere along the actual eclipse path ahead of time, thinking, oh it is only an hour or so away from here, I could day trip with friends... Hah! the forecast is for world class traffic jams on the roads, so staying home seems sadly sensible. It does appear that it will become quite dark here just after 10 AM PST. There is a charming eclipse "simulator", as part of a joint effort with UC Berkeley and Google, where you can type in your location and get a general sense of what will be visible.