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Clouds eclipse solar, sky visibility in NYC: Latest news

Get ready for the 2024 solar eclipse in New York City with favorable viewing conditions predicted and safety reminders in place.

Are you ready for the 2024 solar eclipse? You've prepared your schedule, acquired your solar-viewing glasses, and researched all the details. Now, it's time to witness the moon passing between the Earth and the sun, transforming day into night - if the weather permits.

Luckily, it seems that the eclipse gods are smiling upon those in and around New York City, at least for the time being. According to AccuWeather forecaster Paul Pastelok, major cities like Los Angeles, El Paso, New York City, Boston, and Raleigh should have excellent views of the eclipse from beginning to end.

As of the latest forecast from the National Weather Service in New York City, conditions for most of the area are "fair," indicating generally pleasant weather with less than 3/8 cloud coverage, no precipitation, and no extreme visibility, temperature, or wind conditions. This bodes well for skygazers hoping to catch a glimpse of the celestial event.

While cities like Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse in New York State will experience a total eclipse, residents in the five boroughs and surrounding areas will witness a partial eclipse with the moon obscuring about 90% of the sun's light. The solar show is set to begin at 2:10 p.m., reach its peak at 3:25 p.m., and conclude at 4:36 p.m. for those in or around New York City.

During this time, the sun will take on a crescent shape, creating a visually stunning spectacle in the sky. The National Weather Service advises that although dry weather is expected to persist throughout the day, cloud cover may increase in the afternoon from west to east. The Weather Channel also forecasts a rise in clouds over New York City starting around 1 p.m.

Whether you choose to stay local or venture out in search of total darkness, safety should be your top priority. NASA emphasizes the importance of using safe solar viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers at all times during the eclipse. Regular sunglasses are not suitable for viewing the sun, as they do not provide adequate protection. Directly looking at the sun during an eclipse can lead to severe and permanent eye damage, as warned by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

So, as you gear up to witness this rare celestial event, remember to prioritize safety and enjoy the awe-inspiring sight of the 2024 solar eclipse.

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