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07/03/2018 Weathercatch: No rain on our 4th of July parade

By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
"Is there a single day when the weather is more important than on July 4? With its holiday picnics, parades, foot races and fireworks held from Alaska to Maine, the holiday draws more Americans outdoors than any other day of the year. A historical look at Fourth of July weather shows that it typically sparkles in our region. In the eastern half of Washington state, there's a mere 0-10 percent chance of rain probability, ranking it as having "...
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06/26/2018 Weathercatch: Hello, summer solstice! Dog days to arrive later

By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
"When summer officially begins at 3:07 a.m. Thursday, temperatures will be warm, but not at the heatwave-level predicted until just a few days ago. Originally, a high-pressure system was expected to bring clear skies and push temperatures into the 80s and 90s throughout much of the state. Now there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms, with temperatures running 5-10 degrees cooler than anticipated. What happened? The forecast models changed to reflect a weak weather system moving through the region on Thursday. It's interesting to note that the dog days of summer typically don't arrive until July or even August. This, at first glance, seems to defy logic. If the sun's intensity is highest on summer solstice, why do our warmest days come later in the season?"...
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05/31/2018 June brings 'Sunshine Superman' to Inland Northwest

By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
"When the '60s British singer Donovan wrote the hit "Sunshine Superman," he must have had the month of June in mind. June brings us the summer solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere dips toward the sun and basks in daylight for longer than any other time of year. What’s more, the month typically glows with bright, sun-filled days in eastern Washington. This June is expected to follow the same pattern."...
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05/16/2018 Weathercatch: Severe weather events — there’s something about May

By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
"May kicked off with a bang in the eastern United States, the southern and Plains states, bringing a mix of tornadoes, hail, strong winds and violent thunderstorms. In our region, it was more like a soft knock. A few passing thunderstorms but nothing more. Driven by the seasonal rise in temperatures and humidity, the severe weather season arrives each spring. Tornadoes slice across Oklahoma and Alabama; powerful thunderstorms hammer Michigan to Maryland. But our area is pretty much isolated from these kinds of intense weather outbreaks. Most of us have never experienced the ferocity of a tornado or a band of violent thunderstorms."...
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05/04/2018 Weathercatch: Spring heat spell brings 2018’s first 83-degree day to Spokane

By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
"After having only 11 days of sunshine since Jan. 1, last week looked – and felt – as though a giant lid was yanked off overhead. In a spring marked by clouds and drizzle, everything changed on April 23. Ample sunny skies appeared over the Inland Northwest and stayed for five consecutive days. It was a first for 2018, which, until last week, had been shadowed by cloudy and partly cloudy skies. A nice spring warmup accommodated the run of sunshine. High temperatures lingered in the 70s, topping out at an impressive 83 degrees in Spokane on April 27. Pasco hit 88 degrees and Lewiston-Clarkston, 90."...
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04/05/2018 Weathercatch: Spring fever? Hold off on planting much of your garden

By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
"When poet T.S. Elliot wrote that April is "the cruelest month," it wasn't because of the dreaded tax-filing deadline. While romanticized as the month of renewal, April is also known as the great fooler. On Monday morning this week, people in Moscow-Pullman, Coeur d' Alene and Colfax awoke to as much as an inch of snow and icy driving conditions. Temperatures across much of the Inland Northwest, including Spokane, ran 10 degrees below normal."...
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03/22/2018 Weathercatch: Meteorological madness ushers spring, snow to follow?

By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
"Hello, spring. Tuesday's vernal equinox marked the start of astronomical spring, meaning that tulips, Canada geese and softball games are on the way. Unlike other parts of the country, the day actually felt like spring, with partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s across the Inland Northwest."...
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03/01/2018 Weathercatch: February fools region with weather in reverse

By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
"February is a transitionary month – a bridge from winter to early spring that typically starts out cold and ends with milder temperatures. This year, however, Mother Nature turned the bridge around, going from spring like conditions to hardcore winter. February's first half gave us temperatures mild enough to prod green daffodil blades from the ground and to hint that cherry blossoms might not be far off."...
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02/15/2018 Weathercatch: Spokane vs. Embarrass: Same latitude, different climates:

By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
"Who needs a box of chocolates on Valentine's Day when Mother Nature gave us a gift of mild winter? Until this week's temperature dip and blanketing snowfall, we enjoyed a long stretch of unseasonably warm days. With January and early February shedding their cold-weather tradition, little white flowers known as snowdrops – usually a harbinger to early spring – burst into bloom around Groundhog Day. However, that's not the case in the tiny township of Embarrass, Minnesota, which proudly proclaims itself "The Cold Spot" on its website. Located three hours north of Minneapolis,"...
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02/12/2018 AWN User Survey

"The AWN user satisfaction survey is currently under way! The primary purpose of this survey is to identify areas where AWN can improve it's products and services. The survey contains about 30 questions and takes approximately 9 minutes to complete. Your participation will help us understand which products and services are important to you, our valued user, and will also help us focus our future efforts on the improvements that will provide you or your organization the most impact and added value. The survey will be available until February 23, 2018. Thank you for providing your feedback."...
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01/30/2018 Weathercatch: ‘Wintermission’ highlights first month of 2018

By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
"If you enjoy knee-deep snow and a strong shot of cold temperatures, Old Man Winter is raining on your parade. This January in the Pacific Northwest — unlike the blockbuster one we endured in 2017 — has been, in a word, mild. The above-normal temperatures that arrived to the region on Jan. 5 still linger later as the month wraps up."...
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01/17/2018 Weathercatch: Pacific Northwest's 'bomb cyclones' tamer than East Coast's

By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
"The Pacific Northwest was blissfully insulated from the recent "bomb cyclone" that clobbered the East Coast on Jan. 4, along with the stunning cold spell that followed. Sure, our region experienced some freezing rain, fog and the heaviest snowfall of the year (six inches in the Spokane and Wenatchee areas on Jan.11), but those conditions pale in comparison to the storm that advanced from North Carolina to Maine."...
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