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Heat, dry spell stoke new California drought worries

SONOMA, Calif. — Where did El Nino go?Winter has suddenly switched off the rain and flipped on heat up to 95 degrees in California, raising jitters that the strong El Nino might not be the drought-buster the crispy state had hoped."Forget El Nino,...

Date: 02/13/2016 | Nation & World

Stormy weather temporarily closes Washington’s mountain passes

SEATTLE — A warm front moving into Western Washington has dumped several inches of heavy wet snow in the Cascade Mountains and temporarily closed mountain passes.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Northwest

Texas cleans up after twisters; snow, ice pelt Midwest

GARLAND, Texas — Jacqui Gordon spent Monday sifting through the debris that had been her home, searching for old family photographs — especially of her father, who died two years ago.

Date: 12/28/2015 | Nation & World

Storms kill 11 near Dallas, 5 in Illinois

GARLAND, Texas — At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in apparently strong tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area and caused substantial damage this weekend, while five people died in a flash flood in Illinois.

Date: 12/26/2015 | Nation & World

Third storm in a week brings more rain, snow to California

SAN FRANCISCO — A third winter-like storm in a week brought rain and strong winds to much of Northern California and snow to the Sierra Nevada on Sunday. Sheets of pouring rain made for treacherous driving.

Date: 12/13/2015 | Nation & World

Northwest storms ease drought worries; mudslide risks remain

SEATTLE — Fierce storms in the Pacific Northwest sent rivers bursting from their banks, spilled boulders and trees into a major highway and spawned a rare tornado that snapped power poles and battered homes. They’ve also had one positive effect — easing drought concerns after an unusually dry...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Northwest

Storm victim's fiancee grieves a 'love that grew every day'

MONROE — He kept his promise to love her all his life.Grant Strinden assured his fiancee, Ronicka Messner, that she could trust him when she needed someone to count on. The Monroe couple was planning a 2016 wedding and scribbling their bucket list on little scraps of...

Date: 12/02/2015 | Local News

Heavy rains diminish drought in Western Washington

SALEM, Ore. — Heavy rains have diminished drought conditions in most of Western Washington but much of Eastern Washington remains in “extreme drought.”The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the area west of the Cascade Range is nearly drought-free.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Northwest

More deaths blamed on storm in central U.S.

DALLAS — A slow-moving wintry storm system that has been blamed for more than a dozen deaths began moving eastward out of Texas on Saturday but kept coating some states to the north in ice, making driving dangerous.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World

New stormwater fees set to address flooding, drain problems

EVERETT — A new stormwater fee is set to appear on next year's tax statements for about 4,800 property owners in unincorporated Snohomish County.That and other changes to stormwater fees

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

Flood warnings issued

Rivers in the county are rising; most are expected to crest today

Date: 11/13/2015 | Local News

From the ground up

Researchers gauging how well satellites can measure rain, snow

Date: 11/12/2015 | Local News

Areas of Olympic National Park closing Thursday

PORT ANGELES — Olympic National Park officials say they’ll close six areas of the park Thursday ahead of expected heavy rain and high winds.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Northwest

Storms, tornadoes lash Texas; death toll rises to 5

HOUSTON — Another band of strong storms and heavy rain spawned three tornadoes and dangerous flooding in east Texas on Saturday, with the death toll rising to five after Houston police found two bodies.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Nation & World

Texas copes with floods, heavy rain

DALLAS — Southeast Texas was bracing for heavy rain late Saturday and into Sunday as the remnants of Hurricane Patricia combined with a powerful storm system that’s been rumbling across Texas, flooding roads and causing a freight train to derail.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Roads reopen, most stuck vehicles freed from California mud

LOS ANGELES — Crews on Sunday pulled dozens of stranded cars and trucks free and reopened some Southern California roads that were buried in tons of mud during flash flooding.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

Heavy rainfall leaves a muddy mess in California

LOS ANGELES — A section of Southern California found itself waist-deep in mud as the weekend arrived, and a highway overtaken by flowing debris looked like a buried junkyard of hundreds of cars that would likely take days to dig up.The worst of the thunderstorms had...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

'Extensive' cleanup under way after California storms

LOS ANGELES — Homeowners in northern Los Angeles County communities were spending their Saturday digging mud out of their houses as crews continued extensive work to clear tons of dirt that clogged roadways and buried hundreds of cars.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Nation & World

Flash-flood warnings as East Coast braces for hurricane

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Drenching rains along an already-saturated East Coast caused major flooding Thursday, drowning a woman whose car quickly filled up with water and prompting flash-flood warnings from historic Charleston to Washington, D.C.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Nation & World

Grab the boots and umbrella: Rain’s on the way

EVERETT — Brace for wetter and cooler weather over the next few days.Thursday was likely the last sunny and dry day for awhile, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

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

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

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

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

Sorry, captain

Editorial: Shatner and California can't have our water

Date: 04/23/2015 | Editorials

Carly Fiorina right about drought woes, farm groups say

The water wars have begun.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World

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

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

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

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

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

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

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