Posted: 6:22 am Thursday, August 17th, 2017
By Kirk Mellish
The last eclipse of significance in Georgia was March 7 1970. The next one of significance 2045.
A lot can change between now and then because the uncertain location of a front expected to be in the region will play a significant role in sky condition and thunderstorm risk.
As of now I would say I am cautiously optimistic about viewing conditions in the Metro area. Conditions look a bit MORE FAVORABLE in Tennessee and North Carolina, and LESS favorable in South Carolina and South side of Atlanta and Central/South Georgia.
We will probably start the day mostly sunny, then the humidity will lift into a scattering of fair weather cumulus clouds for the afternoon hours, with just a few pop up thunderstorms late in the day, all in all a fairly typical summer day in Georgia.
Yes the temperature can drop a few degrees during and a while after maximum eclipse but then will rebound, they can drop 15 or more in the path of totality depending on how clear it is preceding the total eclipse.
If you’re driving during the event, DRIVE. Don’t look at the sun while driving and NO you don’t need special glasses nor sun glasses if you are walking or driving, things will seem normal if you are not looking at the sun and are not in the path of totality.
MONDAY SURFACE WEATHER CHART:
MONDAY CITIES FORECAST, hi/low and rain chance in green:
2PM CLOUD COVER % CANADIAN ENSEMBLE MODEL with totality zone in red:
2PM CLOUD COVER % AMERICAN GFS ENSEMBLE MODEL:
EUROPEAN MODEL AM CLOUD COVER:
EUROPEAN CLOUD COVER 8pm MONDAY:
So cloud cover in much of the Atlanta area looks to range 40-60% so there is hope for seeing it between passing clouds with 40-60% sunshine. Weather changes constantly and is always in flux like the traffic, so stay tuned for updates here and on the radio daily.
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