The Kansas City Star had its full team of photojournalists spread from Hiawatha, Kan. to Columbia, Mo. to capture images of Monday’s total eclipse.
For most of the staff, the chances of capturing the eclipse without cloud cover looked slim.
Heavy rains rolled into the Kansas City area early. Then the clouds started dumping rain over St. Joseph and parts of Northeast Kansas.
The early morning report from Columbia, no clouds. There was hope.
As the moon started to creep across our view of the sun things started to look up in Kansas City. There seemed to be a hole in the cloudcover that had blanketed the city earlier. Crowds gathered to watch what had all the appearances of being perfect eclipse viewing conditions.
Not so around St. Joseph and parts of Northeast Kansas. The rains got heavier in Hiawatha and Atchison where The Star had positioned photographers. Photojournalist Jill Toyoshiba was in St. Joseph, one of the so-called perfect viewing spots, and captured a world that went dark under heavy clouds and lots of disappointed eclipse watchers.
Moments before totality in Kansas City clouds rolled in giving viewers a filtered view of the eclipse.
Video journalist Shelly Yang had positioned herself next to the columns on Carnahan Quadrangle at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Clouds were rolling in. A shutout seemed inevitable. Fortunately the cloud cover over Columbia never became heavy like the other areas so Yang was able to capture video of the eclipse in totality.
The video shows 100 minutes of the eclipse compressed into a time lapse to quicken the pace for easier viewing. Watch and enjoy.