JMTE helps officials prepare for eclipse watchers
At J.M. Teague Engineering and Planning, one of the things we love about being traffic engineers and planners is that we sometimes get to be part of exciting events, like the upcoming Great American Total Solar Eclipse.
Eclipse path through WNC
Since the western half of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is in the path of totality for viewing the eclipse, JMTE has been proud to assist NCDOT by providing traffic counts and other information for various areas in western North Carolina to help them plan for traffic flow.
Interesting Facts about the Great American Solar Eclipse
- About 12 million people already live within the totality path, but as many as 200 million people live within one day’s drive of it. That’s nearly two-thirds of the total U.S. population.
- Totality crosses only through the U.S., no other country. That’s why it’s been called the Great American Eclipse.
- The U.S. witnessed the last total eclipse on February 26, 1979, and much of the country got to see it, just like this year. But for most of the greater St. Louis area, a total eclipse hasn’t occurred since 1442.
- More than 500 million people in the US, Canada and Mexico will have opportunity to see at least a partial eclipse.
- Nature will take notice of the eclipse, which may lead to some strange experiences. You may notice a resemblance to the onset of night, though not exactly. Shadows may look different and it will likely become very quiet. Birds will stop chirping, breezes will dissipate, and a 10°-15° F drop in temperature is not unusual.
- Your pets probably won’t notice. Long-time eclipse watchers say dogs sometimes bark at the sudden darkness, but not in the same way some dogs react to storms and such. Some may react to the excitement of the people around them. Eclipse watchers say cats will be cats.