Columbia is the capital of South Carolina. The population is nearly 130,000, almost 800,000 in the metropolitan area. It is located in the midlands region of the state. Full commercial services are available in Columbia for eclipse visitors.
Eclipse Viewing Venues
The city is close to the center of the zone of totality. The duration of totality at 2:41pm is over 2.5 minutes, long for this eclipse. There are many open viewing locations around Columbia. The sun will be high in the mid-afternoon sky.
Official eclipse viewing venues may be established as August 21, 2017 nears. These may be set up to take advantage of the open spaces near the city where a large number of visitors could park.
While there is an extensive network of roads in the area, these may become quite congested on the day of the eclipse. Travelers should arrive early and expect some difficulty when departing.
Last Minute Accommodations
Those eclipse viewers arriving at the last minute may find limited accommodation options. Visitors may want to check accommodation options Augusta, Georgia as well. This city is within easy driving distance to good eclipse viewing locations in Columbia. As mentioned, however, traffic congestion is likely to be heavy on the day of the eclipse.
Area Weather Possibilities
Columbia is often sunny and dry in August but there can be rainy days as well. Unfortunately, thunderstorms may develop at this time of year. Clear weather is vital for eclipse watching. Eclipse viewers will want to monitor the local weather forecast in advance. Moving to a more suitable viewing location may be necessary if bad weather is due.
Alternate Viewing Possibilities to Counter Bad Weather
If the weather in Columbia is poor for eclipse viewing, eclipse watchers will want to travel to the northwest to locations in the Greenville, South Carolina area. Alternatively, Charleston to the southwest is also an eclipse city.