Peter Shelton

First Snow, October 26

Posted in Life in Central Oregon, Ski teaching, Weather & Climate by pshelton on October 30, 2015

At last, weather.

It’s a relief after being lulled, seduced, strung out on perfect clear days, day after day, in Bend. Can’t even remember the last time it rained. This morning I lay still in bed and listened to the fine patter on the roof, the sweet gurgle of water dripping somewhere.

Twenty miles up the road Mount Bachelor’s live web cams showed a coating, thin to be sure, but a rather complete blanket of white, down almost to the parking lot. White roofs on lift shacks. White hors d’oeuvres on hemlock branches. White giving shape, finally, to the dark, volcanic folds above treeline. It’s still early. The season has really just begun. And temperatures remain warmer than one might like for solid base building. But, hey. It’s a start.

And it’s a tiny bulwark against the El Niño roar. (more…)

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Giving Thanks, With Reservations

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns, Weather & Climate by pshelton on November 22, 2012

I’m thankful for the way the election turned out. Not all the races, certainly, but for sure the big one, President Obama’s re-election. As New Yorker editor David Remnick wrote, it is OK, recommended even, to sigh a huge sigh, to let the shoulders drop, breathe, relax . . . (more…)

Global Cooling

Posted in Watch columns by pshelton on May 26, 2011

We turned off the heat May 1. This is not a rule at our house. It just seemed like time. High temps were in the 70s. I think it got up to 81 degrees one day near the end of April.

We have friends who turn off their boiler religiously on May 1 and pride themselves on not turning it back on until November 1. You can usually get away with this kind of thing here in the Colona banana belt.

In fact, when the days were warming up a few weeks ago, and the sun was beaming in early and setting later and later, I began to fear, ever so viscerally, the heat that can shove a temperate spring into the oven of summer.

Then, of course, it started to snow again. (more…)

Guilty of What Exactly?

Posted in Gas Pains, Watch columns by pshelton on March 12, 2011

So, Tim DeChristopher was found guilty last week of disrupting an oil and gas lease auction in Salt Lake City. (more…)