ShutterstockThe sum solar obscure of Aug 21 will be the first to cut opposite the US in 99 years, moving many Americans to container up the automobile and drive to totality: the path of the moon’s darkest shadow.
In fact, up to 7.4 million people may tour to the 70-mile-wide, 2,800-mile prolonged lane where the moon will completely retard the object and exhibit the star’s wispy corona.
That’s according to Michael Zeiler, a cartographer at Esri, a mapping information and record company.
Zeiler has expected this moment given he first started chasing eclipses 26 years ago. He’s spent the past few years gathering data, plotting maps of the obscure (and its startling ramifications), and uploading them to his website, called GreatAmericanEclipse.com.
Zeiler considers his “driveshed” maps some of his favorites. Like watershed maps that show how brooks, streams, and rivers move toward an ocean, his chronicle shows where vehicles are many likely to upsurge toward a renouned observation location.
“I suspicion about about every populated indicate in the United States, and we asked the data: What is the quickest drive to totality?” Zeiler told Business Insider. “I detected there’s going to be about one or two dozen traffic overload points that are going to be particularly severe.”
Here are the 12 biggest drivesheds Zeiler has identified, the cities they center on, and — by prolongation — the places many likely to be choked with gridlock traffic.