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How Clouds May Impact Viewing of Solar Eclipse in NYC

Although New York City and the Tri-State area will not experience a total solar eclipse on Monday, there is still excitement for a celestial spectacle.

The forecast indicates that some high clouds will filter in by the afternoon, but this should not entirely obstruct our view of the eclipse. At approximately 3:25 p.m., the moon will obscure nearly 90 percent of the sun. The eclipse will begin around 2:10 p.m. and conclude by 4:36 p.m.

For those eager to witness a total eclipse, upstate New York and New England offer prime viewing locations. It is recommended to stay east of I-81 and consider areas like the Adirondacks for optimal viewing conditions within the Empire State.

Originally slated to observe the eclipse from Syracuse, Meteorologist Lee Goldberg has joined the masses traveling to Burlington, Vermont, in pursuit of totality.

A warm front moving across the eastern Great Lakes and interior Northeast is expected to bring clouds and a few scattered rain showers in certain areas. Throughout much of the region, the sky will exhibit a blend of sunshine and clouds. Additionally, there may be mid to high-level clouds in the area, which could act as a filter for viewing the eclipse but are not likely to completely obstruct it.

The most favorable weather conditions for eclipse viewing along the path of totality will be across northern New England, extending from Burlington, Vermont into Maine.

The potential impact of clouds on viewing the eclipse will vary based on several factors, including the precise timing and the specific location from which you are observing the event in a particular city. The most accurate details regarding viewing conditions and cloud coverage are typically available a few hours before the eclipse.

For detailed cloud cover information and visibility probabilities for Monday’s eclipse, you can utilize the interactive map provided by NOAA and the National Weather Service. Simply search by ZIP code or click on a specific location on the map to access visibility probabilities for the eclipse in that area.

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