The Great American Solar Eclipse 2017

On August 21, 2017, the continental United States will experience a rare total solar eclipse that sweeps the nation from Oregon to South Carolina.  Taking 94 minutes for the Moon’s shadow to race across the country, the duration of the total solar eclipse can last from 2 minutes near Depoe Bay, Oregon, to 2 minutes 41 seconds (the max) near Carbondale, Illinois, and 2 minutes 30 seconds near Awendaw, South Carolina.  This will not happen again in the US until 2023 for an annular eclipse and 2024 for a total eclipse.

To help you plan your trip, take a look at these many maps including a 10 foot long strip map of the eclipse path.  For more info, click below.


US Gun Deaths 2004-2010

Interesting interactive map showing gun deaths in the US. The map is based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and shows the average number of gun deaths per 100,000 county residents from 2004 through 2010.


Note that the “gun deaths” map combines homicides, suicides, and accidents.  There are also separate maps for suicides and homicides.  Suicides really skew the statistics.

Thanks to Barry Waite of the City of Carson for finding this one.

GIS Intern Position at the City of Downey

The City of Downey has an opening for a GIS Intern.

  • Get hands-on GIS experience
  • Learn how to read engineering drawings and as-builts
  • Gain practical GIS experience for municipalities
  • Experience with ESRI products is required
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD is desirable
  • Work in City of Downey Public Works department
  • Must be able to work 24 hours per week
  • $13.90/ hour

Interested candidates please call Ahmed Husain at (562) 622-6721 or email your resume to