Jeff Haniewich covers total solar eclipse from Tennessee

By Jeff Haniewich - Chief Meteorologist

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - It was a historic day Monday across the country as the Great American Eclipse made its way from coast to coast.

It's a sight that millions of people witnessed, including WSLS 10 chief meteorologist Jeff Haniewich.

He traveled down to Maryville, Tennessee, one part of the country that was in the path of totality.

The wait was worth every minute.

People from all over the world visited the United States to see Monday's eclipse. 

While eclipses happen about every six months, this eclipse marked the first time in nearly 40 years that the path of the moon's shadow passed over the continental United States. 

The last eclipse to travel from coast to coast happened in 1918. It's also the first solar eclipse to occur only in the United States since the founding of the country.

All in all, it took only about 90 minutes for the path of totality to cross over the entire country. During that time, it covered 12 states at a speed of about 1,700 mph along a path of totality 65-70 miles wide.