We’re only 6 months away now from the most anticipated astronomical event of our generation in Oregon. The total solar eclipse will soon be here; I hope you have a plan to see it. It will NOT be visible in any cities listed on this map:
It’s unlikely the idea that “I’ll just drive down to Madras or Salem for the day” is going to work. I’m quite confident US 26 over Mt. Hood, US 97 through Central Oregon, or I-5 Eugene to Portland can NOT handle hundreds of thousands of people converging on the center of the state at once and then leaving a few hours later. Picture that December 14th snowstorm traffic disaster in the metro area, but spread over half the state plus you should add a few hundred thousand cars from California and Washington. Get the idea??? Most campgrounds and hotels have been booked for months/years within the path of totality. I have a plan to start camping at a certain somewhat remote mountain lake (lakes) starting Wednesday, 5 days ahead of time. We’ll see how that works since it’s first come-first serve at that campground. If that doesn’t work, I have one more backup plan.
You need to be in the shaded area to at least have a brief glimpse of a totally covered sun at midday. The closer to the center line you are, the longer the eclipse:
Here’s a great website https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com with even more detailed maps like this one:
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen