Weather plays a big part and doesn't always cooperate. I'm thinking about driving to Greenville on Monday. Last total eclipse I witnessed was a great experience that I still fondly remember, some 33 years later. An excerpt from AJC newspaper reads ...............
ATLANTA, May 30— From Louisiana to North Carolina, people today were afforded a rare glimpse of a nearly total solar eclipse that turned noontime into an eerie twilight and briefly framed the black shadow of the Moon in a spectacular necklace of light.
The ''diamond necklace'' effect, caused as the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun, was seen by millions of people who gathered here and in other cities in the South to witness the full effect of the eclipse, the last major solar eclipse in the nation this century.
Although the eclipse was most dramatic in the Southeast, some sort of partial eclipse was visible, where weather permitted, throughout all of the nation except Alaska. Rain and clouds obscured views of the eclipse along much of the East Coast, including New York City. Parts of North Carolina and Virginia, which fell along the line where the Moon cast its darkest shadow, also did not see the eclipse because of weather.
In Atlanta, where 99.7 percent of the Sun's surface was covered, street lights came on as skies began to darken some 20 minutes after noon. Howling Dogs Greet Eclipse
The temperature dropped six degrees, flowers closed their petals, dogs howled, pigeons tucked their heads under their wings as if to sleep and the whole city was bathed in a kind of diffused light, not unlike that accompanying the approach of a severe storm.
As the light from the Sun passed through the leaves of trees, it projected on to the sidewalk pavement tiny wedgelike images of its own crescent silhouette.