Forecasters are now saying, if the weather stands, 2 of the best places to see the solar eclipse on Monday are right here in New York State, and one of them is really close.

According to Country Living, Niagara Falls and the Adirondacks are among the best places in America to view Monday's solar eclipse. Currently, Mother Nature seems to be cooperating with what is predicted to be a clear sky Monday afternoon with temperatures in the low 60s. However, there's always the chance for a change in the weather in unpredictable Upstate New York, but as it stands the forecast looks almost perfect.

Health officials are warning people to make sure they don;'t look directly at the eclipse, as permanent damage can be caused to the eyes. Approved protected glasses are considered the best way to view the solar eclipse.

Confusion over how rare this Eclipse is

All of the talk heard about this eclipse being a once-in-a-lifetime is somewhat confusing. While solar eclipses are somewhat rare worldwide, happening about 7 times a decade, it is indeed rare individual locations to experience a total eclipse. For example, this is the first time Upstate New York has experienced a total solar eclipse since 1925, and it won't happen here again for more than 300 years, when it happens in 2399.  In fact, the United States won't see another total solar eclipse until 2044, while the next partial solar eclipse for Upstate New York will be in August of 2026. There will be 7 total solar eclipses around the world after this one over the next 10 years. 

By the way, Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart spent 4 weeks at #1 atop the Billboard Pop Charts in 1983. It spent 29 weeks on the Hot 100.

Gridlock Traffic

State and local officials have predicted possible traffic jams on Monday, including 5 hour-long gridlocks as tourists travel into Old Forge to see the spectacular event, one of the best places in the country for viewing.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente issued the following alert regarding possible complications with eclipse traffic:

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. is urging residents and visitors to take the necessary safety precautions and to expect traffic delays and communication services to be impacted during the total solar eclipse that will take place on April 8th.
“The upcoming total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event that many are looking forward to and the impact of which will be felt throughout Oneida County in some unexpected ways,” Picente said. “The influx of eclipse watchers will cause traffic delays, lags in cellular service and potentially impede emergency response. It is important to take the proper precautions when viewing the eclipse including wearing appropriate eyewear, watching the event from safe locations and having the necessary supplies should your vehicle become stranded. By being aware and prepared on April 8th we can make this a successful experience for all.”
The northern section of Oneida County will be in the path of the total solar eclipse from 2:07 p.m. to 4:33 p.m., with totality starting about 3:21 p.m. Totality is expected to last about 1 minute and 24 seconds. During that time, it will appear to be dark even if it is cloudy, the temperature could fall by as much as 10 degrees and animals and plants may behave as if it’s nighttime.
Those viewing the event should not look directly at the sun without the proper eyewear. Permanent eye damage could result. Only ISO-Certified 12312-2 eclipse glasses should be used. The certification number may also appear as 12312-2:2015. They can be found here:
The public should expect traffic to be impacted by this event, particularly in the area of State Routes 12 & 28. Some streets and bridges in other areas of the county may be closed for pedestrian viewing. Traffic is expected to be heaviest right after the totality ends. Even residents who do not plan to watch the eclipse should plan on the following:
-Allow extra time when driving to work, events and appointments.
-Avoid stopping on roadways to view the eclipse.
-Use headlights when driving.
-Fill your gas tank/have your vehicle fully charged ahead of the eclipse.
-Have water, food, medications and appropriate clothing and supplies in your vehicle, should you become stranded during a traffic jam.
The increased amount of people in the area could also impede emergency response and slow down and limit cellular service.
This will not be a typical day in Oneida County. Some schools have chosen to close and others will be dismissing early. Some businesses may also be closed, while others could be crowded with visitors.
The next total solar eclipse will not happen in Oneida County until Oct. 26, 2144.
“If you plan to visit Oneida County for this rare event, please, come early and stay late,” Picente added. “The more we can avoid people coming and going all at once, the smoother and safer things will go for everyone.”


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