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Seattle will get a break from the heat

SEATTLE — Part of Washington state will get a break from the heat this week after a record number of 90-plus-degree days.

Date: 08/03/2015 | Northwest


In drought, Pacific Northwest cities and farms face water cuts

PORTLAND, Ore. — A deepening drought in the Pacific Northwest is forcing some cities, farms and state agencies to cut back on water use.

Date: 08/03/2015 | Northwest


Tent blows off mooring during storm, kills 1 at festival near Chicago

CHICAGO — A man was killed and more than a dozen injured Sunday when a tent where people had sought shelter during a brief storm blew off its moorings and collapsed on some of the crowd at a festival in a Chicago suburb.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World


A look at the extreme West Coast weather

PORTLAND, Ore. — Southern California has been pummeled by heavy rain and hail, while the Pacific Northwest is baking in a triple-digit heat wave. Here’s a look at the extreme weather:What heat records were broken in the Pacific Northwest?

Date: 08/01/2015 | Northwest


California wildfire kills firefighter, hundreds flee

LOWER LAKE, Calif. — Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as crews continue to battle the flames from the air and the ground.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World


Drought raises water temperatures in lakes to unhealthy levels

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The drought is bringing warmer temperatures to northern Idaho lakes, stressing fish and threatening oxygen levels.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Northwest


Mild winter brings early huckleberry harvest season

SPOKANE — A mild winter and warm spring and summer has brought huckleberry season earlier than usual.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Northwest


Remote part of I-10 collapses amid heavy rains in California

LOS ANGELES — An elevated section of I-10 collapsed Sunday amid heavy rains in a remote desert area of California, cutting off traffic between the state and Arizona and leaving a driver injured.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World


It’s a good time to change bad water habits

Before you go take a shower or water the garden, consider some numbers. If it weren’t so hot, I’d say they are chilling.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Local News


Iraqis brave searing heat in finals days of Ramadan

BAGHDAD — Iraqi policeman Ziad Radi is no stranger to hot weather, but his sun-blasted face is testament that even for seasoned Iraqis, the weather on Thursday was almost too hot to bear.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World


Odds look good for wet winter in California

Californians should brace themselves for one of the strongest El Nino events to hit the Pacific Ocean in years.Unusually warmer temperatures of equatorial water in the Pacific and shifting winds continued through July, indicating that El Nino will be strong through the fall...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Nation & World


Typhoon pounds China; 1.1 million evacuated

BEIJING — A typhoon pounded the Chinese coast south of Shanghai on Saturday with strong winds and heavy rainfall, submerging roads, felling trees and forcing the evacuation of 1.1 million people.

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World


Ice caves 101

How they form, why they collapse

Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News


2nd concert-goer dies after Quincy music festival

QUINCY — A second concert-goer has died after falling ill while attending a music festival in Quincy last month.The British Columbia Coroners Service says 22-year-old Vivek Pandher died Sunday at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Northwest


Weather experts in Spain warn of extended heat wave

MADRID — Spain’s meteorological agency Saturday warned people to brace for high temperatures across much of the country over the coming days, amid a lingering European heat wave.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World


Early start to Northwest wildfire season; more danger ahead

SEATTLE — Predictions of an early wildfire season have come true in the Northwest as low snowpack levels, record warm temperatures and very dry conditions have helped fuel blazes weeks earlier than usual.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Northwest


Summer is sizzling: Heat records fall across U.S. West

From Seattle to Salt Lake City, the West is baking under record heat. Temperatures reaching the triple digits have made fire conditions extreme and sent folks looking for relief heading into the Fourth of July weekend. Unfortunately, the forecast in many areas calls for more sun and...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Northwest


A plea to stow July 4 fireworks this year

In almost forty years of living in Index I have never seen conditions this dry, or fire hazards this high, in our town this early in the summer. Outside of town the U.S. Forest Service fire hazard sign points to "High" with Industrial Precaution Class ll. There is a ban on...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Commentary


Current heat wave can have negative impact on crops

MOSCOW, Idaho — Agricultural experts say the current heat wave can have a negative impact on farmers’ crops.

Date: 07/01/2015 | Northwest


Columbia River water temperature is hottest since 1950

VANCOUVER — The Columbia River is the warmest it has been since 1950.The Seattle Times reported the water temperature in the Lower Columbia River at Bonneville Dam was nearly 71 degrees on Monday.

Date: 07/01/2015 | Northwest


Firefighters in central Oregon battle small fires

RAINBOW, Ore. — Firefighters in central Oregon are responding to numerous, mostly small fires caused by a lightning storm.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Northwest


Gov. Inslee takes emergency wildfire action

OLYMPIA — Citing extreme wildfire risk with high temperatures and widespread drought conditions, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and the state lands commissioner took emergency steps Friday to reduce the risk of dangerous wildfires — and deal with them if they start.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Northwest


Hot weather carries risks

Kids, older adults can be vulnerable in excessive heat

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News


Pacific Northwest braces for heat wave

SEATTLE — Residents in the Pacific Northwest are bracing for a heat wave that could bring record-breaking high temperatures to parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Date: 06/25/2015 | Northwest


U.S. 2 is melting

Heat and heavy traffic take a toll on chip seal

Date: 06/23/2015 | Local News


Record heat causes Highway 195 near Spokane to split

SPOKANE — Record heat in the Spokane area damaged a portion of Highway 195.The Washington State Patrol says temperatures in the high 90s on Monday baked the pavement until a section of highway split a few miles south of the city.Traffic lanes were reduced around the crumbled pavement.

Date: 06/09/2015 | Northwest


Colorado braces for more severe weather

DENVER — Colorado is in for a few more days of violent storms and unstable weather, forecasters said Saturday. But the good news is that the storms are moving too quickly to cause widespread flooding.

Date: 06/05/2015 | Nation & World


Sun returns to Texas, revealing flood damage across state

DALLAS — Most of Texas was set to get its first period of extended sunshine in weeks, allowing surging rivers to recede as emergency-management officials turn their attention to cleanup efforts in such places as Houston, where damage estimates top $45 million.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World


Flooded rivers don’t faze some near Houston

ROSENBERG, Texas — The seemingly ceaseless rain has ended in North Texas and Oklahoma, but residents in the greater Houston area warily eyed the swollen Brazos River and the skies, which threatened to drop up to 5 additional inches of rain late Saturday afternoon and evening.

Date: 05/30/2015 | Nation & World


Deadly record rains ease Texas drought

HOUSTON — This week's record rainfall in Texas eased the state's drought and swelled rivers and lakes to the point that they may not return to normal levels until July, scientists said Thursday.Just weeks ago, much of the state was parched with varying levels of...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Nation & World


Storm packing heavy rain, hail, lightning hits central Wash.

YAKIMA — A storm packing heavy rain, hail and lightning has hit the Yakima Valley.The Yakima Herald-Republic said some flooding was reported Thursday night in the streets of downtown Selah, near Yakima. Scattered power failures were also reported.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Northwest


WSU researcher says drought could get worse

SPOKANE — The drought conditions in Washington that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee last week to declare an emergency are likely to grow worse because of a strengthening El Nino tropical weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean, a weather researcher for Washington State University said Thursday.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Northwest


Cooler temperatures to kick off hot season

EVERETT — Memorial Day weekend weather is looking good for Snohomish County.Expect some clouds and cooler temperatures, but overall it should be “fairly nice,” without any rain, said Josh Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Local News


Keep your pet safe in warmer temperatures

Here in the Pacific Northwest, many of us wait in excited anticipation for spring and summer to roll in, but National Heat Awareness Day is right around the corner on May 23. As the sun begins making more frequent appearances in our usually gray skies, we should be aware of the...

Date: 05/21/2015 | Fur & Feathers


Drought raises wildfire risk in Snohomish County

EVERETT — A hot and dry summer predicted for Western Washington, combined with widespread drought, creates the dangerous potential for wildfires.A record-breaking absence of snowpack also means rivers and streams are running low throughout Snohomish County. Major...

Date: 05/19/2015 | Local News


Twisters kill at least 5 in Arkansas, Texas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Emergency responders searched through splintered wreckage Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities in Texas and Arkansas, killing at least five people, including a young couple who died trying to shield their daughter from the...

Date: 05/11/2015 | Nation & World


From Rockies east, severe weather casts a wide net

South Dakota was the center of weather extremes Sunday, with a tornado damaging a small town and injuring at least nine people on the eastern side of the state and more than a foot of snow blanketing the Black Hills to the west.

Date: 05/10/2015 | Nation & World


Ana weakens to depression, dumping rain along N.C., S.C. coasts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tropical Storm Ana lost the last of its strength and was downgraded to a depression as it created wet and windy conditions along the North and South Carolina coasts.

Date: 05/10/2015 | Nation & World


Lightning storm damages computers, phones at Cle Elum ranger office

CLE ELUM — All computers and phones at the U.S. Forest Service’s Cle Elum Ranger District Office are unusable after they were damaged in a lightning storm.

Date: 05/09/2015 | Northwest


Warm weekend temperatures prompt water-safety warnings

SEATTLE — With temperatures reaching into the 70s this weekend and the annual boating season under way, parks officials are urging safety while playing in the regions lakes and rivers.Springtime higher river flows and cold temperatures can quickly overwhelm unprepared swimmers and boaters.

Date: 05/09/2015 | Northwest


Tornadoes rake Plains; more to come

OKLAHOMA CITY — As the nation's midsection braces for another bout of severe weather, many residents in Oklahoma are still reeling from a rare combination of tornadoes and flash flooding spawned from the latest round of thunderstorms that rumbled across the state.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Nation & World


Study blames global warming for 75 percent of very hot days

WASHINGTON — If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man’s effects on climate.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Nation & World


Low snow pack may be a win for some outdoor enthusiasts

SPOKANE — The low winter snow pack may have positive consequences for outdoor enthusiasts, as river rafters get to see some new territory this spring thanks to lower river flows.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Northwest


Sorry, captain

Editorial: Shatner and California can't have our water

Date: 04/23/2015 | Editorials


Yakima Basin drought forces early use of stored water

YAKIMA — The federal Bureau of Reclamation has had to start using stored reservoir water to supplement natural flows early because of a worsening drought in central Washington’s Yakima Basin.

Date: 04/21/2015 | Northwest


Beaches already bustling

An early start to prime camping season at Camano parks

Date: 04/14/2015 | Local News


One last chance

Snow allows Stevens Pass to open for a few more days

Date: 04/13/2015 | Explore NW


Carly Fiorina right about drought woes, farm groups say

The water wars have begun.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World


Middle America braces for strong storms, possible tornadoes

NORMAN, Okla. — The conditions are ripe for a series of storms to gain strength and buffet Middle America over the next two days, with hail and tornadoes possible in parts of the nation’s geographic heartland, forecasters warned Wednesday.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Nation & World


Scientists seek help to track rain on Olympic Peninsula

SEATTLE — The University of Washington says its scientists are seeking citizens’ help as it gears up for a major effort to measure rain and snowfall on the Olympic Peninsula next winter.

Date: 04/05/2015 | Northwest


Groundwater is California’s next crisis

Most signs of California's unrelenting drought are easy to spot, with mountains that should be snow-peaked stained brown and reservoirs already half-empty.But the most alarming feature of the state's water shortage remains hidden, scientists say. California is running low on...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World


Lynnwood Council plans ‘proper fix’ of sinking road

Lynnwood City Council members plan what one councilman calls a "proper fix" to the sinking road at the intersection of Ash Way and Maple Road.

Date: 04/03/2015 | South County Politics


Lightning strike drives Federal Way couple from home

FEDERAL WAY — A lightning strike has driven a couple out of their home in the south Seattle suburb of Federal Way.

Date: 04/02/2015 | Northwest


Yakima Basin drought conditions likely worsened in March

KENNEWICK — Drought conditions in the Yakima River Basin likely worsened in March because of low snowfall.Water managers now believe some Yakima Basin users will receive even less than the 73 percent of their normal water that was previously predicted.

Date: 04/02/2015 | Northwest


California taking sweeping steps to conserve water

TUSTIN, Calif. — Gary Whitlock watched water run down to the sidewalk as gardeners hosed down a bed of marigolds outside an Orange County office building and questioned if California’s latest attempt to curb water use would be any more successful than previous ones in the drought-stricken...

Date: 04/02/2015 | Nation & World


Ski to Sea annual relay race goes on without ski events

BELLINGHAM — There’s been so little snow in the Cascade Range that organizers of the annual Ski to Sea race have been forced to drop two skiing events.

Date: 04/02/2015 | Northwest


Crews hope to reopen N. Cascades Highway on Friday

WINTHROP — Washington state Transportation Department crews hope to reopen the North Cascades Highway on Friday after its winter closure.That would be one of the fastest reopening efforts in the highway’s 42-year history.

Date: 04/02/2015 | Northwest


Gov. Jerry Brown orders mandatory water limits

ECHO LAKE, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.Standing in...

Date: 04/02/2015 | Nation & World


Snow pack? What snow pack?

Snow depth measured at zero, but rainfall makes up for it

Date: 03/28/2015 | Local News


California governor gets drought spending bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Nation & World


No tornadoes in U.S. during March

TULSA, Okla. — With only about two-dozen twisters recorded so far this year during a period when 100 or more are typical, the U.S. appears to be in a tornado drought as cool, stable air prevents the ingredients of the violent storms from coming together, meteorologists said...

Date: 03/21/2015 | Nation & World


Northeast gets another blast of winter on 1st day of spring

BOSTON — Just when flowering bulbs were poking out their heads and snow shovels were getting a well-deserved rest, winter weather has returned. And on the first day of spring no less.

Date: 03/20/2015 | Nation & World


Winter sets global heat record despite East’s chill

WASHINGTON — Federal records show that this winter and the first two months of 2015 were the hottest on record globally, with a chilly U.S. East sticking out like a cold thumb in a toastier world.

Date: 03/19/2015 | Nation & World


7 million gallons of diluted sewage in Port Angeles Harbor

PORT ANGELES — Authorities are advising people to stay out of Port Angeles Harbor for the next week after heavy rainfall sent 7 million gallons of diluted sewage into the water.The Peninsula Daily News reported that an environmental advisory is in effect until next Monday.

Date: 03/18/2015 | Northwest


Record rainfall recorded across Western Washington on Sunday

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service says heavy rainfall broke records across Western Washington on Sunday.

Date: 03/16/2015 | Northwest


Mudslide from heavy rains closes Seattle-Everett rail line

SEATTLE — An official says a mudslide from heavy rain has shut down a rail line between Seattle and Everett.

Date: 03/15/2015 | Northwest


Vanuatu Declares State of Emergency After ‘Monster’ Cyclone

SYDNEY — The government of Vanuatu declared a nationwide state of emergency after at least eight people died and communications with outer islands remain severed by Cyclone Pam, which tore through the South Pacific archipelago leaving a trail of devastation.

Date: 03/15/2015 | Nation & World


Crews already working to clear Washington mountain passes

OLYMPIA — After a mild winter with relatively little snowfall, road crews are already getting to work clearing some of Washington’s mountain passes.

Date: 03/15/2015 | Northwest


Death toll a mystery after South Pacific cyclone

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Officials struggled Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Nation & World


Rainy Washington struggles with drought from low snowpack

SEATTLE — It is possible to have rain — lots of it — and still be plagued by drought.

Date: 03/14/2015 | Northwest


Drought ravages once-fertile fields of California

MENDOTA, Calif. — In this region that calls itself "The Cantaloupe Center of the World," vast fields that once annually yielded millions of melons lie fallow. And, for some farmers, planting tomatoes and other traditional row crops may now constitute acts of...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Nation & World


Governor declares drought emergency in some parts of state

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday declared a drought emergency for three regions in Washington state, clearing the way for state officials to provide money and other relief to those experiencing drought hardships.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Northwest


No shortage of water

Lack of snow hasn't drained Snohomish County supply

Date: 03/09/2015 | Local News


Too little snow

Sledding area won't open at Paradise this year

Date: 03/06/2015 | Explore NW


Late storm nails the South and East

PHILADELPHIA — A late winter storm blanketed the Northeast on Thursday after zipping across much of the South, leaving hundreds of drivers and their passengers stranded on highways in Kentucky and thousands without power in West Virginia.By Thursday afternoon, a strong...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Nation & World


Overnight freeze threatens E. Wash. orchards

YAKIMA — Overnight temperatures dropped well below freezing in parts of eastern Washington, threatening budding trees in apple, peach and cherry orchards.

Date: 03/04/2015 | Northwest


Spring-like weather forecast for Northwest

SEATTLE — Northwest residents may think spring has arrived early as sunshine and high temperatures nearing 60 are forecast through the weekend.The National Weather Service says a high pressure ridge will dominate most of the region, keeping things dry.

Date: 03/04/2015 | Northwest


Rain forecast later this week in Washington

SEATTLE — Forecasters say clouds will move over Washington on Wednesday, bringing the chance of rain and light mountain snow through Friday.The National Weather Service says dry weather should return for the weekend for most of the state.

Date: 02/24/2015 | Northwest


New winter storm chills East Coast

The latest in a seemingly unending parade of snowstorms moved over the East Coast on Saturday, dropping a wintry mix as far south as northern Georgia and potentially causing more headaches for snow-weary New England.

Date: 02/21/2015 | Nation & World


Record high temperatures in Washington, Oregon

SEATTLE — Temperatures hit record highs Monday in parts of Washington and Oregon as one of the mildest winters continues in the Northwest.

Date: 02/17/2015 | Northwest


Latest 'biblical' snowstorm slams New England

BOSTON — A storm brought a new round of wind-whipped snow to New England on Sunday, accompanied by near-whiteout conditions and lightning strikes in coastal areas as people contended with a fourth winter onslaught in less than a month.

Date: 02/15/2015 | Nation & World


Record high temps in Seattle and Olympia

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service says both Seattle and Olympia set high temperature records on Friday while the Portland, Oregon, suburb of Troutdale tied the record high for the date.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Northwest


Lack of snow is a drag

Warm weather hurts Stevens Pass, nearby businesses

Date: 02/12/2015 | Local News


WSU studies origin of dirty rain

SPOKANE — The mysterious milky rain that hit parts of the Pacific Northwest last Friday was the result of a rare weather phenomenon that began nearly 500 miles away near an Oregon lake, a Washington State University meteorologist said Tuesday.

Date: 02/10/2015 | Northwest


Last in series of rain storms hitting Northwest

SEATTLE — Forecasters said Monday’s rain is the last of a series of storms that have been pouring into the Northwest since the middle of last week.

Date: 02/09/2015 | Northwest


Another big storm bears down on New England, may last days

BOSTON — Winter-weary New England, which has been battered recently by a series of major snowstorms, braced Sunday for even more, as schools and courts announced closures and drivers were warned to stay off roadways.

Date: 02/09/2015 | Nation & World


Two mudslides halt passenger train service

EVERETT — A new mudslide on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks south of Everett has shut down Amtrak passenger train traffic between Seattle and Everett. A different mudslide had covered the tracks on Friday. Amtrak officials say the tracks are used by Amtrak Cascades and Empire...

Date: 02/07/2015 | Northwest


Eastern Wash. hit with dirty rain

SPOKANE — Residents of Eastern Washington are reporting rainfall that contained milky-colored or light gray dirt.The National Weather Service is stumped about the origin of the dirty rain.

Date: 02/06/2015 | Northwest


Mild, wet weather raises landslide danger in western Wash.

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service says days of heavy rainfall have increased the threat of landslides in western Washington.

Date: 02/06/2015 | Northwest


Opposition to studded tires gaining traction in Washington

SPOKANE — Opposition to studded winter tires is gaining traction in Washington state, transportation officials say.

Date: 02/02/2015 | Northwest


After blizzard, Boston’s running again

BOSTON — Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow.Many businesses reopened, as did Logan Airport, and...

Date: 01/28/2015 | Nation & World


Blizzard, largely a bust in NYC, not sparing Boston

BOSTON — A howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston, the rest of eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island on Tuesday, delivering wind gusts topping 75 mph, but it failed to live up to the hype farther south in Philadelphia and New York City, which canceled its travel ban amid...

Date: 01/27/2015 | Nation & World


Junuary: More record high temperatures across Western Washington

SEATTLE — Monday was another day of record high January temperatures in Western Washington.The National Weather Service says it was the third consecutive day for some record highs in the area.

Date: 01/26/2015 | Northwest


Temperatures hit record high across state

SEATTLE — Temperatures hit record highs Sunday across Washington.The National Weather Service says the 63 at Sea-Tac Airport was five degrees higher than the old record of 58 set in 1986.Other record highs were 60 at Hoquiam, 59 at Bellingham, 55 at Spokane and 54 at Pullman.

Date: 01/26/2015 | Northwest


Nor’easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow

NEW YORK — Cities big and small along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor of more than 35 million people began shutting down and bundling up Monday against a powerful and potentially historic storm that could unload 1 to 3 feet of snow.

Date: 01/26/2015 | Nation & World


First big storm chills the Northeast

BOSTON — Parts of the Northeast got their first real taste of winter on Saturday as a storm crawling up the coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England, but forecasters are watching a possible second shot of snow that could affect the region early in the work week.

Date: 01/24/2015 | Nation & World


Windstorm causes scattered power outages

EDMONDS — Windy weekend weather caused scattered power outages and road closures in Snohomish County.

Date: 01/18/2015 | Sirens


Multi-car pileups claim 4 lives on icy Pennsylvania highways

PHILADELPHIA — Several multi-car pileups — including one involving dozens of vehicles — in icy conditions on interstates in the Philadelphia area claimed at least four lives and injured dozens on Sunday as hundreds of crashes were reported across eastern Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Date: 01/18/2015 | Nation & World


More than 25,000 with no power as Seahawks played Green Bay

SEATTLE — More than 25,000 electricity customers in Western Washington were still without power by halftime of the Seahawks-Packers game.A windstorm left more than 65,000 people without power on Sunday morning throughout the region.

Date: 01/18/2015 | Northwest




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