Chasing Totality: Oh Little Town of Bedlam

In this video I site an article from the thriving New York Times, "A College Town Gets Ready for Its Moment Under No Sun" as well as piece from Oregon Public Broadcasting on eclipse prep in small town Oregon.

Additionally, please visit the folks at the Great American Eclipse website for all kinds of amazing resources on the eclipse including the impressive demographic maps I showed in this video. 

Introduction

In the summer of 2017 I find myself living on a small island in the Salish Sea of Northwest Washington State. On August 21, 2017 a solar eclipse will appear out of the Pacific Ocean making landfall on the Oregon coast and moving across North America, out into the Atlantic Ocean off the Carolina shore.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun, appearing almost the same size the darkness is the Moon's shadow moving over the Earth's surface like a paint brush of dark ink placed on a spinning ball. This shadow is a swath of darkness some 70 miles wide and is known as the path of totality, where the daytime sky becomes night. It is a rare and strange phenomenon that I have never witnessed and I am making plans to travel into this thin, shadowy path to see it first hand. This site is the story of that adventure.