NW Weather

Western Wind Storm
5:22 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Harrowing Moments In Midst Of Wind Storm

A large tree toppled onto a car in Olympia’s South Capitol neighborhood taking with it power lines. The force of the tree also snapped a power pole.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

There is a lot of clean up underway across western Oregon and Washington after a wind storm hammered the region Thursday night.

In Olympia’s South Capitol neighborhood, there was a harrowing moment. A tree toppled into power lines and onto a parked car. Scott Freeman lives on the block.

“It was a pretty loud shudder of the whole house because it pulled my lines off the side of my house. So, it yanked all the lines. I didn’t actually hear the tree go down, but the transformer exploded,” Freeman said.

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Western Wind Storm
5:21 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Wind Storm Means Long Hours, Christmas Money For Power Crews

Mark Vosburg works for utility contractor Potelco. He said windstorms mean double time pay and extra money for Christmas.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The lights are back on for many of those who lost power during the windstorm that walloped western Oregon and Washington Thursday night. But repair crews are still hard at work across the region.

Mark Vosburg is a utility contractor for Potelco. He said he expects to work 39 hours, have six of them off, and then work another 18 hour shift.

“Once you’re out here and you’re out running around, you’re just awake,” Vosburg said.

Vosburg expressed he looks forward to this time of year in his line of business.

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Spring Weather
4:17 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Spring Outlook Looks Warm For Coastal Northwest, 'Normal' Spring Inland

The National Weather Service's outlook calls for above-normal temperatures along the West Coast.
Credit NOAA Climate Prediction Center

On this first day of spring, we get a seasonal outlook from the National Weather Service. It calls for a warmer-than-average spring west of the Cascades and normal temperatures and rainfall across the inland Northwest. There's also no let-up seen for drought conditions in California, and parts of Oregon and southwest Idaho. Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

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Northwest News
6:14 am
Fri July 5, 2013

How To Stay Cool When It's Too Hot

Jamie Burton of Spokane lives in an old apartment building that doesn't have AC. At night she takes the fan out of the window and makes "homemade AC" using a bowl of ice.
Credit By Jessica Robinson

The heat wave that's hit the Northwest is expected to linger on through the weekend keeping temperatures above 100 in Boise; in the 80's in Seattle; close to 90 in the Tri Cities. In this normally temperate region, a lot of people don’t have air conditioning. Jessica Robinson went in search of alternative cooling techniques – and the answer to that age-old question: is it better to point the fan out the window or into the room?

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Northwest Heat Wave
5:49 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Northwest's Hottest Days Of The Year So Far Are Looming

National Weather Service

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 4:28 pm

The weather forecast calls for an abrupt switch from cloudy and showery to a heat wave beginning as soon as Thursday. Next week could start with the hottest days of the year so far in many places around the Northwest.

For Portland, the National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 88 on Sunday and 91 on Monday.

For Seattle, a high of around 80 on Monday.

Spokane could see the mercury hit 96 on Sunday and near 99 by Tuesday.

Boise and Medford could hit triple digits by Saturday and 105 degrees on Monday.

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