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For the second time in 18 months, Alaska Airlines maneuvered a B737-900 aircraft into the path of a total solar eclipse, thrilling some 100 enthusiastic eclipse watchers and reporters who were along for the ride.
Yesterday's (Aug. 21) flight plan was developed by astronomer and well-known eclipse chaser Glenn Schneider, of the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory. Schneider, however, was not on board this particular flight, deciding instead to observe the "Great American Solar Eclipse" from the ground in Madras, Oregon.
It was the 12th time I had experienced totality and the fifth time I did so from an airborne vantage point. (I was also on the previous Alaska Airlines eclipse flight, which viewed the total solar eclipse of March 8, 2016.) The plane, piloted by Capt. Hal Andersen, gave us a magnificent view of totality from a point roughly 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) west of the Oregon coast.
A natural disaster's threats don't end once the severe weather dissipates.
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On the heels of short-lived Tropical Storm Tara, Mexico remains on high alert as the next tropical threat is expected to ramp up into a hurricane.
Mexico Beach, Florida, was almost completely flattened by Hurricane Michael. However, one home stood high on stilts above the wreckage, appearing largely untouched from the storm.
Eastern Spain is facing the highest risk for flooding from a pair of storms bringing unsettled weather to the Iberian Peninsula and neighboring Africa.
A renewed wave of cold air, locally damaging winds and rain and snow showers will sweep through the midwestern and northeastern United States this weekend.
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