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I wanted to start this topic early.  Is anyone going to chase even though the odds are clouds? I chased the 2017 all the way to Duke energy in South Carolina and it was an absolute life-changing experience.  Our plan is to take a bunch of fellow News12ers and friends to Plattsburgh to Airborne Speedway Park parking lot, right off the Northway.  Our options that morning from our staging spot at Lake George could get us anywhere from buffalo/Niagara (Traffic issues for sure) to Vermont.  My record to get to Airborne Speedway from the NJ Beach is just under 5 hours - it's an easy drive. 

Thoughts? 

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4 hours ago, Big Jims Videos said:

I wanted to start this topic early.  Is anyone going to chase even though the odds are clouds? I chased the 2017 all the way to Duke energy in South Carolina and it was an absolute life-changing experience.  Our plan is to take a bunch of fellow News12ers and friends to Plattsburgh to Airborne Speedway Park parking lot, right off the Northway.  Our options that morning from our staging spot at Lake George could get us anywhere from buffalo/Niagara (Traffic issues for sure) to Vermont.  My record to get to Airborne Speedway from the NJ Beach is just under 5 hours - it's an easy drive. 

Thoughts? 

Dont go by climate data from previous years, it's basically a coin flip what the weather will be like that day.

 

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Can't believe it took this forum this long to make an eclipse thread. New England forum has had one for months. 
 

I booked the 7th and 8th in Saratoga Springs. The morning of the 8th I'll head wherever the weather looks best in the area of totality. Saratoga Springs is about an hours drive from the edge of totality path, two hours from the center. Hoping there's somewhere in NYS within 2-3 hour drive from there with decent weather.
 

Im just hoping the roads aren't ridiculous like the hotel prices. Even three months ago when I booked in Saratoga everything in Lake Placid and Plattsburgh was already $450 a night and up if you could find a room. 

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2 hours ago, BxEngine said:

I booked a hotel in Lake Placid almost 2 years ago. Will head up Sunday and spend the day up there, and then figure out where to head if need be monday.

wow talk about good planning..... based on the maps I saw today it looks like a front could be hung up across the middle of the country with rain from Dallas to Cleveland and Pittsburgh.... the further east the better!  Even Maine could be better than Dallas or Cleveland!

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11 hours ago, CPcantmeasuresnow said:

Can't believe it took this forum this long to make an eclipse thread. New England forum has had one for months. 
 

I booked the 7th and 8th in Saratoga Springs. The morning of the 8th I'll head wherever the weather looks best in the area of totality. Saratoga Springs is about an hours drive from the edge of totality path, two hours from the center. Hoping there's somewhere in NYS within 2-3 hour drive from there with decent weather.
 

Im just hoping the roads aren't ridiculous like the hotel prices. Even three months ago when I booked in Saratoga everything in Lake Placid and Plattsburgh was already $450 a night and up if you could find a room. 

Smart-- see my previous post, the further east the better.

 

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11 hours ago, CPcantmeasuresnow said:

Can't believe it took this forum this long to make an eclipse thread. New England forum has had one for months. 
 

I booked the 7th and 8th in Saratoga Springs. The morning of the 8th I'll head wherever the weather looks best in the area of totality. Saratoga Springs is about an hours drive from the edge of totality path, two hours from the center. Hoping there's somewhere in NYS within 2-3 hour drive from there with decent weather.
 

Im just hoping the roads aren't ridiculous like the hotel prices. Even three months ago when I booked in Saratoga everything in Lake Placid and Plattsburgh was already $450 a night and up if you could find a room. 

The good thing is you dont need a room to see an eclipse.  I plan on just getting there and coming back, no nights spent anywhere.

 

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30 minutes ago, IrishRob17 said:

Thoughts and prayers for your first trip traveling so far north in NY

I mean, I saw other people talking about doing the same thing on the local news, so it should be fun.

I've been to Albany several times, but that's about as far north as I've gone.

I thought Syracuse was more like Central New York, I didn't realize it was so far north!

 

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12 hours ago, LibertyBell said:

I mean, I saw other people talking about doing the same thing on the local news, so it should be fun.

I've been to Albany several times, but that's about as far north as I've gone.

I thought Syracuse was more like Central New York, I didn't realize it was so far north!

 

Syracuse is Central New York, almost the geographical center of NY. I actually laugh when people refer to Orange County where I live as upstate NY. If so what do we call the 300 miles of NY state north of where I live?

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Right now planning on somewhere around Meadville or Titusville, PA day of, then going to Niagara Falls the day after. Using 2 personal days and we have off on Wednesday for Eid (I work for a school district).

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So I take it these eclipses occur in 30 year cycles?

This is my first solar eclipse memory -- from May 10, 1994.

Does this eclipse path look familiar to anyone?

 

It was supposed to be raining and overcast all day but it stopped raining early and it stayed overcast, but because of the movement of the clouds, the clouds thinned out a little from time to time and it happened just in time for peak eclipse!

Does this eclipse path for May 10, 1994 look familiar to you? And just like I remembered it, it reached peak eclipse here just after 1 PM (1:35 PM to be exact.) Looks like that one was 89% here just like this one will be (with that one you had to travel north to Albany to see annularity and for this one it's Syracuse to see totality.) Is there a 30 year cycle for eclipses?

It's amazing how wide a range this annular had, from Mexico to Texas to New York all the way across the Atlantic to Morocco and to Algeria!

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/1994-may-10

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this was back in May 1994 and here in New York the sun was about 90% covered and I was able to look at it through 10x50 binoculars without hurting my eyes because the cloud cover was rather dense at 1:30 in the afternoon and the sun was just barely visible through them as a small ring around a dark moon. I'll never forget that experience! I believe that was an annular eclipse but the annularity happened north of here.

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If any of you remember the May 10, 1994 eclipse (my first solar eclipse experience ever) this is basically a carbon copy of that one, the only difference is that one was annular and this one is total.

We were cloudy during that one too, but the clouds thinned out from time to time (the good thing about there being clouds was there was no need for eclipse glasses!)

 

My memories of that eclipse:

It was supposed to be raining and overcast all day but it stopped raining early and it stayed overcast, but because of the movement of the clouds, the clouds thinned out a little from time to time and it happened just in time for peak eclipse!

Does this eclipse path for May 10, 1994 look familiar to you? And just like I remembered it, it reached peak eclipse here just after 1 PM (1:35 PM to be exact.) Looks like that one was 89% here just like this one will be (with that one you had to travel north to Albany to see annularity and for this one it's Syracuse for totality.) Is there a 30 year cycle for eclipses?

It's amazing how wide a range this annular had, from Mexico to Texas to New York all the way across the Atlantic to Morocco and to Algeria!

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/1994-may-10

This was back in May 1994 and here in New York the sun was about 90% covered and I was able to look at it through 10x50 binoculars without hurting my eyes because the cloud cover was rather dense at 1:30 in the afternoon and the sun was just barely visible through them as a small ring around a dark moon. I'll never forget that experience! I believe that was an annular eclipse but the annularity happened north of here.

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https://www.pivotalweather.com/eclipse2024/?m=cmceens&p=cloudcover_tle_4-mean&r=us_state_ny

 

I posted the Canadian ensemble for cloud cover because Pivotal says it's the best model we have for cloud cover.

I just find it hard to believe we could only have 5-10 percent of cloud cover in early April.

 

The Canadian ensemble (CMCE) runs twice daily, with new maps typically available by 4:00 AM and PM EDT (1:00 PDT). Its forecasts for cloud cover are the most nuanced and realistic available on this page.

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3 hours ago, LibertyBell said:

https://www.pivotalweather.com/eclipse2024/?m=cmceens&p=cloudcover_tle_4-mean&r=us_state_ny

 

I posted the Canadian ensemble for cloud cover because Pivotal says it's the best model we have for cloud cover.

I just find it hard to believe we could only have 5-10 percent of cloud cover in early April.

 

The Canadian ensemble (CMCE) runs twice daily, with new maps typically available by 4:00 AM and PM EDT (1:00 PDT). Its forecasts for cloud cover are the most nuanced and realistic available on this page.

hoping we thread the needle between the pulling out closed low and the system over the upper midwest.  This could be really really good. 

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If New York is truly going to be as clear as what I just saw in the forecasts (unlikely, it's still 10 days out), then this will be where a lot of people will be coming.

The forecast I just saw for Syracuse (the closest big town to New York City for totality) is 0% high clouds, 0% midlevel clouds and 1% low clouds at 2 PM, about an hour and a half before totality.

https://spotwx.com/products/grib_index.php?model=gfs_pgrb2_0p25_f&lat=43.04795&lon=-76.14745&tz=America/New_York&label=Syracuse, New York

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On 3/26/2024 at 11:21 PM, CPcantmeasuresnow said:

Syracuse is Central New York, almost the geographical center of NY. I actually laugh when people refer to Orange County where I live as upstate NY. If so what do we call the 300 miles of NY state north of where I live?

If New York is truly going to be as clear as what I just saw in the forecasts (unlikely, it's still 10 days out), then this will be where a lot of people will be coming.

The forecast I just saw for Syracuse (the closest big town to New York City for totality) is 0% high clouds, 0% midlevel clouds and 1% low clouds at 2 PM, about an hour and a half before totality.

https://spotwx.com/products/grib_index.php?model=gfs_pgrb2_0p25_f&lat=43.04795&lon=-76.14745&tz=America/New_York&label=Syracuse, New York

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On 3/31/2024 at 7:43 AM, LibertyBell said:

So I take it these eclipses occur in 30 year cycles?

This is my first solar eclipse memory -- from May 10, 1994.

Does this eclipse path look familiar to anyone?

 

It was supposed to be raining and overcast all day but it stopped raining early and it stayed overcast, but because of the movement of the clouds, the clouds thinned out a little from time to time and it happened just in time for peak eclipse!

Does this eclipse path for May 10, 1994 look familiar to you? And just like I remembered it, it reached peak eclipse here just after 1 PM (1:35 PM to be exact.) Looks like that one was 89% here just like this one will be (with that one you had to travel north to Albany to see annularity and for this one it's Syracuse to see totality.) Is there a 30 year cycle for eclipses?

It's amazing how wide a range this annular had, from Mexico to Texas to New York all the way across the Atlantic to Morocco and to Algeria!

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/1994-may-10

2017 there was one.  2044 there will be one.  

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1 minute ago, FPizz said:

2017 there was one.  2044 there will be one.  

No, it's not about there being eclipses in those years, it's about the similarity in the path between 1994 and 2024.

Both are going from Texas to Upstate NY, the percentage of the sun covered is even the same in NYC (89%)

There are most definitely eclipse cycles-- they are called Saros Cycles.

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55 minutes ago, LibertyBell said:

No, it's not about there being eclipses in those years, it's about the similarity in the path between 1994 and 2024.

Both are going from Texas to Upstate NY, the percentage of the sun covered is even the same in NYC (89%)

There are most definitely eclipse cycles-- they are called Saros Cycles.

Oh sorry, misunderstood 

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This is the last Total Eclipse within 4-5 hours of NJ that i will be alive for, so definitely making a trip north to see this.  I don't think i will try any telephoto shots, rather focus on some wider angle landscapes, maybe a quick timelapse.  

Biggest issue is finding a location day of the checks the boxes for a good photos.  Google Earth can only do so much.

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