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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

If a tidal wave comes …

Written February 4th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

There are signs at all the marked entrances to Oregon beaches telling us what to do when a tsunami is expected. But how do people on the beach get warned when a tidal wave may strike but is still some ways away?


What heat wave?

Written July 30th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

One hears a lot about this heat wave coming our way. The forecasters are warning of triple-digit temperatures. The warnings don’t help unless you can get away.


Climate: Same old and barnacles

Written April 2nd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

As I was saying above, I make so bold as to note that once again, looking for a sign of climate change at the Oregon coast, I can’t find any. That’s not to say there aren’t any. But in terms of sea level, if there’s been a change over the last 20 years or so, it’s too subtle to […]


Sea level update: Still not alarmed

Written February 19th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

It’s been a while since I last checked, so here’s an update on the status of the level of the sea, which we’ve been told for years is rising because of man-caused climate change.


Nice day at the beach: Gulls, sand, sea

Written November 4th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Stepping out on the beach near the mouth of the Yachats River on Friday, I was astonished at the number of seagulls gathered there in two gigantic flocks. And I was encouraged at the slow — nay, imperceptible — pace of the rise in the sea level we hear so much about.


Oops, caught by sea level rise

Written January 6th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

So here I am on the Oregon coast, once again keeping an eye on the sea level in case it is rising because of climate change. and I barely escape having the sea soaking my socks. So yeah, it must be rising faster than I thought.


At the beach, thoughts of Paris

Written November 14th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

You can go to the Oregon coast on a November weekend and look at the stormy weather, but you can’t escape from the world. So you keep wondering about the proper response to the murderous rampage in France.


Here’s one thing erosion does

Written September 7th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

One of these days, this little street on the coast is going to fall down on the beach below unless something drastic is done. It’s an example of coastal erosion, which is a normal thing and perfectly fine unless you build a street, or even houses, very close to the edge of a seaside cliff.


It’s a headwind until you turn around

Written April 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Riding your bike on the Oregon coast can be a lot of fun or a lot of work. Which it is depends on the wind direction, more than anything.


Breezy day: Nice climate change

Written April 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Thursday was a cloudless but very windy day on the central Oregon coast, as the noise on this video proves. Hardly anybody was on the beaches, which is not surprising for a weekday in early April. Every time I walk across the sand left dry by the low tide, I’m reminded of the increasing agitation […]


 
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