About Oregon Expat
Sometimes the best view is from the outside, and an American expatriate living in Portugal is, in many ways, outside of both nations. The views can be spectacular. I'm also a science nerd, Mac dweeb, and grammar geek, so the posts in this blog tend to be eclectic.
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- “Portugal is not the USA”
- The giant salmon was my favorite
- The right-wing megacorp controlling your local news
- Why our oven clock is slow
- Long live the humanities
- MIND BLOWN: the lightning edition
- A side note to Anita Hill’s story
- Energy disruption
- The gin that changes color
- Announcing the birth of a bouncing baby Book Six
- Know your gunfire
- Go phish
- Outcaste is coming!
- Gecko tail update
- Nat Geo on the veranda
Category Archives: weather
Stop what you’re doing and watch this video. But watch it the right way: full screen, in a darkened room, and with a good sound system turned up. This is 3:18 minutes of the best lightning footage I’ve ever seen, … Continue reading
It’s been an odd winter in the Algarve this year. Mostly quite warm, and not enough rain, but then there was a week where it was unusually cold. I drove to my Pilates class in the morning and our car … Continue reading
After more than four months of summer drought, the Algarve has finally been getting its autumn rains. But less than two weeks of occasional squalls plus a day or two of light rain hasn’t been enough for the water to … Continue reading
Tomorrow is a day my wife and I look forward to all year: the start of the Tour de France. For the next three weeks, we will arrange our work and social lives around the television as we absorb gorgeous … Continue reading
Here are a couple of videos to make your eyes wet or wide. The first warrants a tissue alert, because even if you’re not a dog lover, you’ll probably get sniffly to see a dog with genetic deformities become fully … Continue reading
On Thursday, 11 December, the Grand Canyon experienced a “total cloud inversion.” If this sounds like something backwards, that’s because it is. Normally, temperatures are much higher in the canyon than above it (and it is not uncommon to have … Continue reading
Not a slideshow of still photos, not a time lapse, but real time video of a gorgeous aurora display in Yellowknife, Canada. How could a person ever look away?
This has already gone viral, but I’m still going to post it. Mostly because I can’t resist a time lapse video of a supercell thunderstorm. Filmed in Wyoming, by a storm chasing tour outfit. Their customers got their money’s worth … Continue reading
The American midwest isn’t the only place to find massive supercell thunderstorms. This one formed off the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island before sweeping over Christchurch and North Canterbury. Photographer David Hardy captured this impressive shot on 23 … Continue reading