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International media outlets calling Watertown a great spot to view eclipse

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) – The City of Watertown may be one of the centers of the science world for Monday’s upcoming total solar eclipse.

National and international media outlets are betting on Watertown being one of the best places to watch the celestial event. USA Today published an article earlier in the week on some great spots to view the 2024 solar eclipse.

Houston-based meteorologist Matt Lanza of The Eyewall said that Watertown is one of the optimum places to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event. Lanza has been contributing to the publication’s coverage of the total solar eclipse.

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However, the USA Today article stated the National Weather Service cloud cover forecasts aren’t set in stone for the big day.

The Canadian Broadcasting Company also has high hopes for Watertown and Upstate New York being a prime venue for the total solar eclipse. The CBC said that Kingston, Ontario, and several other border towns will be in the path of totality.

Kingston and nearby Gananoque are hosting eclipse events in public parks. There are even plans for some special cruises in the Thousand Islands to view the event.

The CBC spoke with Watertown Mayor Sarah Compo-Pierce and director of tourism at the Thousand Islands International Tourism Council Corey Fram about the north country’s plans for the eclipse.

The CBC News’ Matthew Kupfer mentioned that Watertown has been planning for two years for the big event. The city is closing many non-essential services and is telling retail and restaurant locations to be ready for the influx of tourists coming to the area.

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