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The damage to roads in northeastern Washington caused by a deluge of water from snowmelt and heavy spring rain is significant enough to raise eyebrows at the federal level. 


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Wintertime is often drizzle time in the Pacific Northwest. The region may need to get used to more intense rain as well.

Climate change will bring rain in more intense bursts across most of the country. That's according to a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

The extreme rainfall would come in the summer in much of the country. Here, we'd get it mostly in the winter.

With a warmer climate, the storms known as Pineapple Expresses would carry more moisture our way from the tropical Pacific.

The Pacific Northwest is certainly known for its rain, but the amount of rain that has fallen in October is one for the record books in more than a dozen Northwest cities -- and counting.

Tornado Hits Manzanita, Ore. In Early Morning

Oct 14, 2016
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A tornado hit the coastal town of Manzanita Friday morning. Clean-up has begun ahead of a second predicted wave of gusts and rain during the weekend. Witnesses say the tornado knocked down power lines and trees. No injuries have been reported yet.

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What kind of weather might the Northwest be in for this fall and winter? Federal forecasters at the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center Thursday dropped their "La Niña Watch.”

Expect A Warm Summer, But Not As Hot As The Last One

Jun 14, 2016
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Yes, it is going to be a hot summer. Meteorologists are expecting above-average heat.

 

Now here’s the good news (sort of): It won’t be as hot as last year.

The Northwest is in for an early taste of summer Thursday and Friday. Highs could top 80 degrees in parts of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. That would set records for the date in a lot of places.

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Mountain snowpack is still above normal throughout most of Washington — even with higher- than-normal temperatures this February. But warming weather could cause problems later this spring.

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It’s February, the month of sunny skies, warm air, and spring breezes. Wait… that’s not right, is it? But it reached 78 degrees in Long Beach this week. And we can expect highs as much as 15 degrees above average across the state.

This could be bad news, coming on the heels of last winter’s drought, except that Washington saw above-normal snowpack this year. Making this even more unusual? It’s an El Nino year, which typically means warm, dry weather.

Washington’s Warmest Year To Date

Jan 15, 2016
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Two thousand fifteen was officially the warmest year ever recorded in Washington state.

Washington State University meteorologist Nic Loyd says last year’s average temperature was 50 degrees. The yearly average is 46.1.

“The consistency of abnormal warmth throughout the year was remarkable,” Loyd says.

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Warm, dry weather will probably continue in the Pacific Northwest--and may last until at least next spring.

Public health officials are concerned about several major athletic events in the Northwest this weekend.

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Earlier this year, a strange milky rain fell across eastern Washington, Oregon, and northern Idaho. There was a lot of speculation about what caused it: volcanic ash, lake sediment, forest fires, even dust from Nevada.

Now, scientists at Washington State University say they’ve solved the mystery. The key clues? Salt and wind patterns.

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Water managers had hoped late snows or heavy spring rains would help fill reservoirs and streams after a largely snow-free winter in the Northwest. But that’s not how things turned out. New data shows precipitation levels in the Northwest were 40 percent below normal last month, with snowpack pretty much  disappeared.

From Wenatchee, Washington, to Bend, Oregon, whitewater rafting guides are preparing for a flood of business as school lets out. But this year’s low snowpack could mean less whitewater and more demand for trips.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee Friday significantly expanded a drought declaration due to dwindling snowpack.