A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Get those trees away from lines!

Written November 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

On the first day of winter weather this fall, with icicles on the mailbox and the afternoon temperature a few degrees above freezing, the man on the phone at Pacific Power says we’re one of 130 customers whose electricity is off, and a crew is working on repairs. If his prediction is right, the lights […]

How about snow removal?

Written February 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Now that Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley is wallowing in slush, municipal authorities might give some thought to the next winter storm that brings us more than a foot of snow and then covers it with a quarter-inch of ice. We can be sure that it will happen again, maybe sooner than we think.

The Blizzard of ’14

Written February 7th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

This winter storm may not become a routine event in western Oregon (we hope). Still, it is a useful reminder of what nature can do, and if we were not fully prepared this time, maybe we’ll do better from now on, or at least as long as we remember the Blizzard of 2014.

Dear Sun: As for today …

Written January 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Nice try, Mr. Sun, but way too late in the afternoon to do anybody much good. After all, it’s already past 4 p.m, and stillĀ 38 degrees out there. It will be dark and even colder in a little while, so what’s the incentive to get on the bike for more than a ride around the […]

Was this a sign of something?

Written January 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Everybody and his sister, in Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley, took photos on Thursday night of the western sky. We all thought it was a spectacular sight,. What’s the meaning of this, somebody might have asked.

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