Fun with Maps 311&312

Map 311 shows the back half of a concert tour. The band on this tour is 311 (see what I did there?). 311 is currently on tour, they have a show on June 8th in Dana Point, California, but then they are scheduled to have a month off before resuming the tour on July 2nd in Huber Heights, OH (1). From there the band plays two similarly unknown towns in Michigan. 311 has been around since 1988 (wow) but it looks like they are playing some smaller towns on this tour. Philadelphia (12) and Houston (24) are plenty big, of course, but they are also playing Auburn, WA (31) and Bonner Springs, KS (7). This tour concludes in Salt Lake City, UT (32) on August 20th. Is 311 playing near you in the coming months? They’re playing Duluth, MN (5) on July 7th but I don’t see myself driving up that way for a 311 show. I’m not even a fan, really. I just know the band’s name and this is my 311th map. It doesn’t have to be complicated to enjoy maps!

If tour maps are your thing, you can check out my U2 concert tour map here. Bands should really make their own tour maps. They could make them look a lot better than I did (only because I didn’t try all that hard) and use them for marketing purposes. I used the custom map creator provided by Google Maps, by the way. I love their free mapping options.


Map 312 is weather related. Social media showed me this CNN article numerous times yesterday so I figured it must be important enough to share. NASA apparently studies ground water levels from space (because why not) and this map shows ground water level change from May 2018 to May 2019. Areas with darker colors are extremely different with red/orange showing less ground water and blue showing more.

As you can see, much of the United States had a heavy dose of moisture compared to the year prior. Only the Pacific Coast of Washington and Oregon, and large swathes of Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Southern Florida, and Western Texas were dryer. There is not only a lot more blue but the darkest blues (the largest differences year over year) are prevalent across much of the Eastern half of the country! Apparently bomb cyclones, hurricanes, and El Niño are to blame for all that extra water. I’m not going to bore you with all the science (mostly because the article doesn’t provide any for me to share with you and I don’t feel like looking it up) but climate change is probably to blame. Hopefully we can still make large enough changes in how humans affect this planet before it’s too late.

Until next time,

Bryan Signature 2

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Bonus Bonus Map Link: Africa at the Boiling Point


Map 311

Map 312

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