Saturday, December 13, 2008


Global Warming not coming soon to the Oregon Coast

As I watch Wunderground for their predictions on the upcoming Storm of the Millenium (OK, it hasn't been a long millenium yet), I'm putting this into the perspective of someone who has been in Florence for almost 21 years.

We had a big snowstorm the first year, which was the most in more than two decades. Then it went boring for about a decade, but I'm pretty sure we've seen more snow in our second decade in Florence than in the first. Last spring we had some extremely late snow (April) and we kept burning wood in the livingroom stove until almost the Fourth of July. Getting snow almost two weeks before Christmas is another astonishing prospect.

All this puts me in the global warming skeptic camp. This is not the same as being a denier. I really don't know whether there's an underlying trend and I'm seeing an anomaly on the cool side that will be overwhelmed by warming next year or the year after. But twenty years after the first alarms were sounded, there is precious little evidence.

The Oregon Coast "way of life" does face challenges. There's too much litter. People are losing their homes. Gorse and scotch broom are too prevalent. I feel the need to pick my battles and frankly, worrying about the still imperceptible rise in sea level isn't in my top 10 list.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


Tragic Death on Oregon Coast. Fiance washed to sea at Proposal Rock near Neskowin, Oregon.

The Oregon Coast was the scene of a very tragic death this week when a bride to be from the Phillippines, only 3 days into a trip where she was to marry an Oregon man, was swept out to see literally minutes before the man was to propose to her at Proposal Rock near Neskowin along the Oregon Coast.

Her fiance, an Oregonian from the area, wanted to propose at Neskowin's "Proposal Rock", a popular place to pop the question along the Oregon Coast. The tide had receded enough for the couple to make their way out but a large wave about 3 feet knocked the small woman down and swept her out to sea. Rescuers were on the scene in minutes thanks to a call from a local on the beach but the woman has not yet been found and is presumed dead.

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