KFDX Anchor Darrell Franklin’s view from the path of totality

GRANBURY (KFDX/KJTL) — The story in Granbury was the same story for almost the entire state of Texas on Monday, April 8, 2024, as the total solar eclipse drew closer and closer.

Will the cloud cover keep us from seeing this once-in-a-lifetime marvel?

Especially for Texas cities along the path of totality, extending from Eagle Pass near the border of Texas and Mexico, all the way to Texarkana, heavy clouds have been in the forecast for several days ahead of the total solar eclipse.

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KFDX and KJTL's own Darrell Franklin was in Granbury on Monday, April 8, to view the total solar eclipse along the path of totality, and he worried just the same as others.

"We weren't sure if it was going to happen up until maybe about 45 minutes before the partial eclipse began, because it was still pretty cloudy at that time," Franklin said.

But as it turns out, the clouds did indeed move out of the way, and spectators in Granbury were able to see the total solar eclipse.

"It was just amazing," Franklin said. "It was noticeably cooler here during the total eclipse, and it's probably the same experience that you've had."

Not only did the entire area get a few degrees cooler, but animals started acting strange, to say the least.

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"There's a rooster that's been crowing ever since the partial eclipse began," Franklin said. "I have it on good word that possibly the rooster does that all the time. But I don't want to ruin a good story here. It must have something to do with the eclipse and the sun coming back out."

Not since July 29th, 1878, has North Texas seen a total solar eclipse. And it's not going to happen again for almost 300 years in North Texas.

"When was the last time you saw nighttime during the middle of the afternoon? That doesn't always happen," Franklin said.

As Franklin packed up to head back to Wichita Falls, he made sure to wish everyone back home in Texoma a happy eclipse day.

"I hope you, too, have made a memory that you will never forget," Franklin said.

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