The Seven Salems of the Great 2017 Eclipse - Coincidence?
The Seven Salems of the Great 2017 Eclipse. Coincidence?
We have a nightly routine enjoying our Google Home set to TuneIn Radio-- we go..."Hey Google... Play Roswell's Talk FM" which is Roswell NM 106.5. It's an interesting station, while we live in NE Florida, it is as close as we can get to that New Mexico town that has that flying saucery feel and the station even has some UFO related event commercials :) It's been reliable in streaming to our phones even before having the Google Home. We usually kill the lights, pull over the covers, cuddle up and start the night open ear to Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis, and then Coast to Coast with George Noory overnight and eventually have Hugh Hewitt wake us very early in the morning. Anyhoo...
Here is what shook out.
Ground ZeroGround Zero's topic partly for the night was the eclipse.
The complete episode is here.
It was mentioned on the show that the eclipse starts in Oregon and ends in South Carolina. During the discussions between Clyde and his callers it was stated there was a connection between Salem Oregon and Jerusalem and that it was very strange for Totality of the Eclipse to be starting at that location where there will be events with massive gatherings, partying and camping.
Salem Oregon was brought up several times which left me thinking, I swear, I saw a Salem either in NC or SC while driving Interstate 95 over the years. Maybe it was Winston-Salem or Salem VA. Here we go, out comes the 11pm in bed Google Maps, wife already sleeping to the soothing radio chatter.
I zoomed in on the totality line checking out the little micro towns in South Carolina and started panning west while closing in.
What I found was astounding.Salem South Carolina was there, and even more strange was it was the SAME EXACT distance away from dead center totality line as Salem in Oregon!!!
Immediately I wanted to notify Clyde via Twitter and not being an avid user I eventually figured it out.
You can see how both Salems are the same distance from the center totality line!@ClydeLewis FYI... The Eclipse path goes directly over Salem SC as well!!!!!— Chris C (@cjc_cjc_cjc) July 27, 2017
See an interactive Eclipse map that defaults to Salem South Carolina here.
See an interactive Eclipse map that defaults to Salem Oregon here.
(There is a search box on top of map page to type in other Salems or locations. Map courtesy of Xavier M. Jubier.)
The tweet went out and as the night progressed, Clyde said that he just received a tweet from Chris C that their is another Salem in SC! This was exciting as I have never interacted with a radio show before and immediately wanted to get involved in the conversations more. One of Clyde's callers at that time dismissed the claim that there was not a Salem in SC and that it was in Virginia. I felt the need to send another tweet to state some facts but then decided on something else. Take a another look.
WHAT IF THERE ARE MORE SALEMS!KENTUCKY
I continued to pan the Google map west along the path of totality. It is when I ran into Salem Kentucky right in the path is when I lost my breath.
I kept moving west on to Missouri. Sure enough SALEM! Not as dead on and the same distance as the others but IN THE TOTALITY LINE.
Moving west Salem, once again DEAD CENTER in the totality line.
Could not find Salem initially. Seems like it is not on google maps so a simple google search will reveal that town.
What are the chances Salem Idaho is dead center in the path and right next to the popular Oregon events.
Of course Salem Oregon. The location where this all started and is the most popular.