NWS: Eclipse viewing conditions looking good at the Jersey Shore

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    If you’re planning on viewing today’s partial eclipse at the Jersey Shore, Mother Nature is on your side. 

    In New Jersey, the eclipse will begin at 1:22 p.m. By 2:45 p.m., the moon will cover 75% of the sun. After the peak, the sun will be fully exposed at 4 p.m. 

    The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly is forecasting mostly sunny skies for the duration of the eclipse, with clouds in about 10% of the sky at 1 p.m. increasing to around 20% at 4 p.m. 

    “All eyes on the sky today (but hopefully not directly at the sun). A colleague here said that this was the most important sky cover forecast of my career. So of course it would not be an easy one,” a Mount Holly meterologist wrote in this morning’s forecast discussion. 

    The forecasters are “fairly optimistic” about the forecast east of the Delaware River.

    Enjoy the show, and be sure to wear approved viewing glasses

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