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Clouds part and crowds scream as total solar eclipse delights the U.S.

DALLAS - Would the total solar eclipse, the last to cross the United States for two decades, live up to the hype?

In a city where history suggested clear skies were likely, forecasts of stubborn clouds threatened for days, hours - and even minutes ahead of the stunning syzygy.

Perhaps it was the cooling effect of the moon's shadows, or just luck, but as totality approached, the cumulus clouds parted. Conditions became immaculate.

"On a scale of one to 10? 30," said Mike Alexander, 59, who traveled to Dallas from Fresno, Calif.


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