Did you hear that on 8/21/17 there is going to be a total eclipse? No, not a total eclipse of the heart, sorry Bonnie, it’s going to be a total solar eclipse. And this one is going to be one of the biggest solar eclipses since 1918! In this blog, you will be able to find out all you need to know in order to enjoy this once in a life time phenomenon and how this event will affect the good people here at McIntosh Box and Pallet. So get those protective viewing glasses on, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
On 8/21/2017 the Earth is going to be a little darker at an unusual time. On this date the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are going to be in perfect alignment. And for some people in the United States that means that they will momentarily see the Moon’s shadow fall on the Earth’s surface. In this brief period, the Moon will block the Sun’s rays and in some parts of the United States there will be complete darkness covering the Earth for a few moments.
This darkness will stretch across nearly 14 states, ranging from Oregon to South Carolina. This diagonal path is where the darkness will fall and nearly 12,000,000 people, possibly even more will experience the ultimate darkness as it falls on the Earth. There are some who estimate that over 20,000,000 people will flock to see this spectacle. Individuals from bordering states will make the hike to witness the darkness, making it tough for individuals to predict how many will actually come and observe.
Now you may be thinking, with all these people coming to see the same solar eclipse, will there be enough room on the major roadways? Well let’s think about it, over 200 million Americans live within a 500-mile drive of this path. And if a majority of those individuals begin to flood the neighboring states, this may cause an ultimate traffic jam, potentially turning an average 2-hour commute into a 12-hour haul. This calls for ultimate planning if you are going to be traveling within the boarders of the eclipse. Especially if there are orders or deliveries McIntosh needs to complete. The roadways will be congested, making it crucial for the truck drivers to map out the best ways possible in order to deliver those pallets.
There are a few other things you should consider when and if you are going to view this total solar eclipse. You are going to want to look at the Sun as it begins to disappear, don’t! Looking at the sun for a prolonged period of time can damage your eyes. “Well duh everyone knows that!” But there are people out there who are going to want the full affect. But while they’re getting the full affect, you’re going to be saving your eyes in the long run. Don’t forget to wear your sunglasses as this eclipse coats the Earth.
Along with sunglasses, you’re going to want to make sure that you pack a sweatshirt. Because when the Sun disappears from view, the temperatures are going to drop. They might even drop 20-30°F while the Sun is being shielded. Just as temperatures drop around nightfall, the intense rays from the Sun will be dampened again and your skin will feel the effects. So be prepared to bundle up.
The one thing I know all of you are wondering is, “Will this total solar eclipse affect McIntosh?” My answer to that is, on the smallest scale possible, after scouring different sites to see how McIntosh would be affected the only potential harm this eclipse could have is the fact that the process of photosynthesis will be slowed down. But just like at nightfall, photosynthesis slows down, so will this process during the solar eclipse. The process of photosynthesis allows for plants to get their needed energy from the sunlight in order to grow big and strong. That is how the trees used to make the pallets, boxes and custom crates grow. During this eclipse, at an odd time of the day, this process will slow down. But no need to fear, once the eclipse passes, the trees will go right back to growing and McIntosh will keep on providing the best damn pallets, boxes and custom crates this world has ever seen.
So you all enjoy this once in a lifetime event, the good people over here at McIntosh Box and Pallet will stay on top of your pallet needs. And make sure that you bump Total Eclipse of the Heart when you watch the eclipse; Bonnie Tyler was a little upset we weren’t talking about her in this blog. And the song is a classic, just sayin’.