Total solar eclipse over Georgia
The total solar eclipse passes over the northeast corner of Georgia. Blairsville will experience 2 minutes of totality. Clayton is closer to the center of the path of the eclipse and enjoys 2 minutes and 35 seconds.
The weather forecast in August for this part of Georgia is fair. For weather prognostications, visit the essential eclipse meteorology web site eclipsophile.com for the low down.
An eclipse chaser in Georgia would be well advised to follow the short-term weather forecast before eclipse day and be prepared to drive to clear skies wherever they might be from Kentucky to South Carolina.
The shadow of the Moon first touches Georgia at 2:34 p.m. EDT and leaves the state at 2:40 p.m. EDT. The shadow of the Moon passes by quickly, about 1,800 miles per hour.
We estimate that the centerline in Georgia is the closest destination for 599,000. This number does not include the metropolitan area of Atlanta and some other parts of the state because they will likely travel to South Carolina. In northeast Georgia, we estimate that between 13,300 and 53,300 people will travel to the path of totality. Details at www.greatamericaneclipse.com/statistics/