climate

Northwest Landslides
4:39 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Heavy Rain Sets Off Landslides Around Region

Flood waters buried E. Main Street and Brown Park in Gaston, Ore., Monday.
Credit Randy Hoodenpyl

Heavy rains and high winds are making it hard to get around parts of western Washington and northwest Oregon this afternoon. Flood watches and warnings are in effect across a wide area of the Northwest. At least half a dozen mudslides have blocked highways and rail lines since this morning.

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Effects Of Climate Change
5:27 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Study Shows Climate Change Filling Cascade Meadow with Trees

Trees are invading some grassy alpine meadows in the Cascades.
Credit EncMstr / Wikimedia Commons

A new study from Oregon State University shows that declining snowpack is allowing trees to invade some grassy alpine meadows in the Cascades.

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Climate Change Effecting Fish
6:04 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Study: Climate Change Means Harsh Stream Conditions For Fish

In Northwest streams, high temperatures and low flow levels are creating harsh conditions for fish. That’s the finding of a new study.

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First Snow Forecast
4:40 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

First Snow Of The Season Forecast For Mountain Passes

Winter is coming: the National Weather Service is predicting the first snowfall of the season this weekend in the mountain passes around the Northwest.
WSDOT Flickr

The National Weather Service is predicting the first snowfall of the season this weekend in the mountain passes around the Northwest. Cold air arriving behind a frontal system could drop the snow level to around 3,000 feet in Washington and generally between 3,000 and 4,000 feet in the Oregon Cascades through early next week.

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Drier Winter In Northwest
4:45 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Forecast Predicts Drier Than Normal Winter For Northwest

This map from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center forecasts below average precipitation in the Northwest this winter.
National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center

Rain may be in the forecast for much of the region tonight and tomorrow, but the Northwest is in for a drier than normal winter. That's according to an updated long-term forecast released Thursday by the National Weather Service.

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Snowfall Forecast
3:59 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Northwest Skiers Bank On Early Forecasts Being Wrong

A light dusting of snow fell on Oct. 2 at Schweitzer outside of Sandpoint, Idaho.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Weather forecasters say the current dry spell in the Northwest may turn into a dry winter. But the region’s ski areas aren’t buying it. They’re banking on enough snowfall for winter sports.

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Clinton Supports Inslee
6:59 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Clinton Calls Inslee A Leader Adressing Climate Change

Photo Credit: Flickr/Wiki Commons

Former president Bill Clinton’s appearance drew over 3,000 supporters to downtown Seattle Saturday. Organizers called it one of the biggest political fundraisers in recent memory.He came to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee. Inslee faces Republican Rob McKenna in one of the tightest governors’ races in the country this fall.

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Northwest Dry Spell
5:20 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Dry Spell Likely To Continue In Northwest

This summer in the Northwest has been one of the driest on record.
Chris Phan Flickr

Northwesterners heading out for the Labor Day weekend have a pretty good chance of staying dry. The region is in the midst of one of the driest streaks on record. And there's little chance of that changing soon.

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Parish Cabin Fire
5:40 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Campers Evacuated As Wildfires Burn Across Northwest

A view of the Parish Cabin Fire in eastern Oregon.
U.S. Forest Service

Two hunters who were reported missing during a wildfire in eastern Oregon have been located and are safe. But Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer says there's new concern about a pair of hikers who are thought to be in the vicinity of the Parish Cabin Fire.

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Oregon Wildfire
4:03 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Oregon Wildfire Now Largest In A Century

Grasses and sagebrush burn on the Highway 95 roadside.
M. Stearly InciWeb

A wildfire burning in southeastern Oregon has become the state’s largest blaze in more than a century. The Long Draw Fire has burned more than 800 square miles in southeast Oregon.

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