Today marks the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere

Today marks the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere

Today is one of two annual astronomical solstice events. This one we call the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and the start of winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

We’ll talk about what’s happening out there in space that so deeply affects us here on Earth.

This image courtesy of photographer Andrew Dunn, www.andrewdunnphoto.com and Wikimedia Commons.

Steep rises in shipping costs mean higher prices for consumers

Steep rises in shipping costs mean higher prices for consumers

As the effects of the pandemic continue in global shipping, we’re seeing prices rise sharply on container goods. The result could be higher prices on familiar goods, like coffee, toys and furniture. Some goods like anchovies and olives, could be hard to come by in some places.

The cruise ship Pride of America is in Astoria today: here’s why

The cruise ship Pride of America is in Astoria today: here’s why

Yesterday a huge (927-foot-long) cruise ship sailed into the Columbia River and docked at the Port of Astoria. Since cruises don’t restart until July in the U.S., what is she doing here? Turns out she’s only here for a short stop, then on to Portland for maintenance before the season begins. But this is not your ordinary cruise ship…

Rip current claims a life on the Long Beach Peninsula

Rip current claims a life on the Long Beach Peninsula

This holiday weekend, with its gorgeous weather, drew many visitors to Pacific Northwest beaches. For one family, the weekend ended in tragedy, as a 14 year old boy was swept out to sea off Long Beach, Washington. Another life claimed by the ocean, because someone did not understand what they were up against here, despite posted warning signs, and numerous deaths annually.

The bottom line here is this: Pacific Northwest waters are not a pool, not a lake, not a placid beach in Hawaii or Florida where the water is like a bathtub and the waves are gentle. It’s cold, there are merciless currents and your chances of dying are high.

For the average visitor, these waters are not safe to swim in. But clearly, the message is not getting out to people.