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10/01/2020 Comparison of the Labor Day 2020 cold front and fire event to similar past events

By Mark Ingalls, Washington State University
"The Labor Day cold front that moved in from the northeast (rather than the typical westerly/northwesterly direction) and helped to initiate numerous fires in Washington and Oregon was unusually potent – to the point where it may have been a generational event. It was not, however, entirely unprecedented."...
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09/25/2020 AgWeatherNet Summer 2020 Review

By Mark Ingalls, Craig Oswald, and Joe Zagrodnik, Washington State University
"This review will be a recap of Washington States weather during meteorological Summer (June, July, and August) 2020 to provide a look at some of the average and extreme weather conditions experienced and how they compare to climatology."...
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09/03/2020 Proposal for new weather radars in Eastern Washington

By Joe Zagrodnik, Washington State University
"Weather radars are an incredibly valuable meteorological tool for observing the location, intensity, and motion of precipitation in near-real time. Having a radar nearby improves weather alerts and forecasts, which leads to better situational awareness and more efficient decision making. "...
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08/31/2020 Major network changes underway to provide improved weather data

By Dave Brown, Washington State University
"AgWeatherNet is now initiating the systematic installation of meteorological towers at approximately 100 regionally representative locations in Washington. As of this writing, towers have been installed in Sunnyside, Mount Vernon, and Pullman, with Sunrise near Wenatchee scheduled for construction in September. In addition to standard relative humidity, solar radiation, and 2 m wind speed probes, these towers are equipped with aspirated radiation shields for greater air temperature accuracy, duplicate 1.5 m temperature sensors, a 9 m temperature sensor to detect inversions, dual rain gauges shielded by a wind screen, 10 m wind speed and direction, and soil temperature + water potential at 2 and 8 inches. "...
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06/19/2020 AgWeatherNet Spring 2020 Review

By Mark Ingalls and Craig Oswald, Washington State University
"This review will be a recap of Washington State"...
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04/01/2020 Rare tornado touches down in Richland

By Mark Ingalls and Craig Oswald, Washington State University
"On Tuesday (March 31), a weak tornado touched down on the north side of Richland, Washington at about 2:30 pm. Several people around the Tri-Cities were able to take pictures and video of it, which were shared by local media. The tornado lasted for about 15 minutes before dissipating."...
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02/13/2020 February 2020 Flooding

By Mark Ingalls, Joe Zagrodnik and Craig Oswald, Washington State University
"The first week of February brought an atmospheric river event into the Pacific Northwest. This stream of high moisture air originated in the subtropical central Pacific Ocean, roughly around Hawaii."...
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02/11/2020 AgWeatherNet 2019 Washington Weather Year in Review

By Craig Oswald and Joe Zagrodnik, Washington State University
"This review will be a recap of Washington State's 2019 weather and provide a look at some of the average and extreme weather conditions experienced this year and how they compare to climatology. There will also be a brief agriculture report included at the end highlighting some of the ag related weather statistics and general agriculture statistics from the year."...
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