From Baton Rouge I flew to Atlanta and stayed with my sister in Buford GA. The drive up I-85 at 5:45 am was a lot smoother than we anticipated. Even had time to ride around Clemson. We watched the eclipse in Simpsonville SC. From a weather perspective, we had a very decent cu field that showed some slight towering giving some concern. The eclipse began at 1:03. By 1:30 the cu was definitely dissipating such as you would find with a setting sun. By eclipse time there was hardly a cloud above us. Did note a storm well to our north over the mountains as was expected. Definite temperature drop. By 4:00 as the eclipse ended the cu field began to grow again. When we left around 5:00 we even had a light show develop to our west. Very fortunate to have to travel so far and get a spectacular view. While I have not watched TWC in years, the place where we stayed had it on. I have to say TWC did a great job with their reports. Some of the mets had tears in their eyes. Unfortunate Cantore had a cloud obscure the eclipse during totality. He said it was a buzz killer. And the music at the local forecasts were all good rock songs about the sun. Our phone took us back on the backroads of South Carolina and Georgia as I-85 was wall to wall and very slow.
Now to plan the trip for April 8, 2024. During the middle of tornado seasons and possible impacts from fronts.
I don't know it it affected the high temp, but at its peek, standing in the sun, it was noticeably cooler. It was weird because the shadows were sharp ( not like shadows when it cloudy) but they were dim.