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2017 Solar Eclipse: The good and bad

(Source: WTOC viewer, Jeremy Blalock) (Source: WTOC viewer, Jeremy Blalock)
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The reaction to Monday's historic solar eclipse hits on both ends of the spectrum, depending on who you ask. 

Rain and clouds got in the way for some. Others were treated to total darkness. The buildup for this eclipse was unmatched to others in the past, partly because of social media, and partly because of the widespread opportunity to catch a glimpse. 

'It was the last total eclipse of the sun for North America until the year 2017.'

Walter Cronkite's announcement in 1979 shows just how long some people have been looking forward to this day. Even a New York Times article in 1932 says Aug. 21, 2017, would be the best chance at viewing an eclipse. Outdoors at places like Fort Pulaski and River Street, people were hoping to take advantage. 

"We got here at 10, and we're having a ball, even with the rain. We don't care," said Debbie Baso.

A couple hours away in Columbia, the view was perfect for a total eclipse. 

"It's different; it's unique. It never happened before. To be out here on Lake Murray is probably the coolest experience you can have and you can't beat it," said Baso. "What we just witnessed here was once-in-a-lifetime. They say over 90 plus years. I had to make sure that I captured it in person - live and direct."

In Savannah, that excitement was replaced with disappointment. 

"We've been road tripping from Michigan and we were hoping to see something today but the weather came in and we didn't see very much," said Matthew Ross, who traveled to Savannah. 

"My mom had been in Michigan and sent me pictures of it. They had the total darkness with the sun. We didn't get that here," said Savannah Jensen, who also traveled to Savannah. 

Kim and David Tetzlaff hoped to knock out a dolphin tour and eclipse viewing at the same time. 

"We were, but it was cloudy today. We saw a lot of dolphins. We enjoyed brief little patches of clouds being removed and we could see it with our solar glasses," David Tetzlaff said. 

The excitement and let down won't keep people from traveling for the next American eclipse, though. 

"I think we saw the next one was 2025 or something, so something to look forward to, maybe," Tetzlaff said. 

It actually happens in 2024. That eclipse will go in a diagonal line from Texas to Maine. The next coast-to-coast eclipse in the United States is in 2045. Mark your calendars. 

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