The benefits of “temperate” winters

Olympus Pen EES-2, Kodak Ultramax 400. Taken on December 13, 2020, which pretty much is "winter" here. I've said it here before: While Portland has a real winter (meaning: a distinct season) its "realness" is not on par with what I saw when I lived in Connecticut many a decade ago. Here, winter is more... Continue Reading →

Winter Solstice 2020

Monday was Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. Solstice was more significant this year due to the "Great Conjunction": Jupiter and Saturn line up in the night sky, making a "star". Alas, the weather was cloudy and rainy at the time it happened, so there was no observation here. Instead, we got a... Continue Reading →

The thaw occurs.

It was bound to happen. Portland can't stay that cold that long (usually). The much promised thaw began to happen, despite the snow's best efforts to stick around until May. It started with whimper on Tuesday. It started to rain (some areas got freezing rain) but the temp was in the mid-to-upper 30's. There was... Continue Reading →

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