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6/21/2017 Weathercatch: Temperature seesaw ride wrapping up
By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
We just slipped past the year's longest day and highest sun. Ever wonder why the summer solstice isn't the warmest day of the year? Because it takes time to overcome the chilling effects of winter. Temperatures don't peak at the solstice. If they did, May and the first half of June would have produced steadily increasing warmth. Instead,".......
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6/8/2017 Weathercatch: Weather drives intense wallop of tree pollen levels
By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
We see it and feel it - pollen madness. Trees have been exploding with tiny particles that coat our cars and make our eyes scratchy and our noses run. Blame it on the weather. Rain and cool temperatures during March and April suppressed the early pollinating cycle of many trees in our region. Then came May, when stretches of warm, dry days "led to a rapid burst of pollen being released at once,".......
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5/21/2017 Weathercatch: Desperately seeking sunshine in Inland NW
By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
If you found yourself peering out a window with gritted teeth at another damp, gloomy day this past weekend, join the growing club of sun cravers. Perhaps you're experiencing some weather-related whiplash as well......
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5/2/2017 April fools with above-average rain
By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
Last year we enjoyed the warmest April since 1934, a Dust Bowl year. You may recall that, for 25 glorious days, temperatures ran above normal, putting temperatures in the Inland Northwest on par with those in southern California and Florida......
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4/27/2017 What A Difference A Year Makes
By Nic Loyd, Washington State University
If you have been wondering when warmer, late spring-like weather will finally arrive, you are probably not alone. Temperatures in Washington have generally been near or below normal since......
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4/21/2017 Weathercatch: When science slides - wet weather sets off mudslides
By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
When it comes to precipitation, the Inland Northwest has really been dumped on. Look no further than the pot holes, soggy lawns and tattered rubber boots for proof......
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4/5/2017 Weathercatch: Why it was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad winter
By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
Never mind that March was among the wettest on record for the Inland Northwest. Our miserable winter is what still stands out. Just talking about it elicits grimaces and head shakes......
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3/9/2017 Potholes and the groundhog - what they share in common
By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
How fitting that when the groundhog saw its shadow on Feb. 2, signaling six more weeks of winter, it would turn out to be February's coldest day in the Spokane area. With a high of 27 degrees and a low of 9, he shivered in temperatures 14 degrees colder than normal....
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1/27/2017 Worsening freezing fog will create icy threat this weekend
By Linda Weiford, Washington State University
The freezing fog that's been coming and going this week in the eastern half of Washington state is expected to intensify, causing slick roads and decreased visibility throughout the weekend....
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1/25/2017 More wacko winter weather - and why
By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
If you're feeling weather beaten or weather whiplashed, you are not alone. In a span of a month and a half, the Inland Northwest experienced...
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1/11/2017 Weathercatch: Frigid temperatures and snow drifts is very Midwest-like
By Nic Loyd and Linda Weiford, Washington State University
If there's one thing this winter has demonstrated, it's that the weather can still turn very cold and snowy in our region. A combination of frigid temperatures, lots of snow and occasional gusts of wind have left landscapes rippled by snowdrifts......
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