A Chicago meteorologist was over the moon when he saw Monday’s solar eclipse.
Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for WGN-TV, travelled to Carbondale, Illinois to view Monday’s solar eclipse in its “path of totality,” or when the sun is completely blocked. And his reaction was something else.
For context, here is Skilling just talking about seeing the eclipse.
“I’ll get my act together, guys,” the choked-up 65-year-old weatherman told the audience.
Now, with that in mind, behold Skilling watching the Super Bowl of weather events:
Aside from high-fiving and hugging fellow eclipse watchers, Skilling also joined spectators in singing “Here Comes the Sun,” by the Beatles.
Viewers seemed to enjoy watching Skilling watch the eclipse more than the eclipse itself.
And although Skilling was delightful, he admits that in hindsight, he finds his reaction embarrassing.
“They were pretty raw emotions to be broadcasting on a mass medium,” Skilling told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday. “I was telling myself, ‘Get it together, you’re on television.’”
Skilling also told the paper that he hasn’t been able to watch the footage yet, but he also doesn’t regret his behavior.
“I’m kind of an emotional guy and it snuck up on me ... I was overwhelmed by the enormity of it ... it makes you realize we’re a very, very small part of a huge universe.”