August 18, 2017 | Written by: Matthew Wilson
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The last time a total solar eclipse crossed the United States was 8 June 1918. That makes the one that’s taking place Monday, 21 August, a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. The Weather Channel’s digital properties and Twitter are going to make the most of it.
“This eclipse is a once-in-a-hundred-year event, and we’re going to party like it’s New Year’s Eve,’” said Neil Katz, head of global content and editor-in-chief for The Weather Company, an IBM Business. “This eclipse is a celestial phenomenon and cultural moment that can’t be missed, and we couldn’t imagine a better partner than Twitter to celebrate this with.”
Starting at noon Eastern time, interactive, live coverage of “Chasing Eclipse 2017” will begin, spanning cities across the US, including Stanley, ID; Carbondale, IL; St. Joseph’s, MO; Alliance, NE; Hopkinsville, KY; McMinnville, OR; Belton, SC; Nashville, TN; and Casper, WY. The coverage will be available via Twitter, the Weather Channel app and weather.com.
In addition to high-resolution and aerial drone footage of the celestial event itself, the stream will also include live updates from viewing parties, interactive social segments and even live coverage of an eclipse-themed wedding.
The Weather Company uses IBM Cloud technology and the Watson Internet of Things (IoT) platform to deliver approximately 25 billion forecasts each day.
For more about The Weather Company and Twitter’s live stream, see the full press release.