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Weather and Climate
4:27 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Unseasonable Warmth Waking Black Bears Up Early

Unseasonably mild winter is bringing black bears out of hibernation earlier than usual.
WDFW

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:35 pm

The daffodils and tulips are up and so are hungry black bears. Our unseasonably mild winter is bringing black bears out of hibernation earlier than usual.

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Weather and Climate
6:09 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

2014: Earth's Hottest Year On Record, Near Records In Northwest

After a warm summer and winter, last year was the second hottest on record for Oregon and the fifth hottest on record for Washington.
Credit Leveretdreaming / Flickr

2014 was the hottest year on record. That was according to data released Friday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In the Northwest, temperatures also rose above normal.

After a warm summer and winter, last year was the second hottest on record for Oregon and the fifth hottest on record for Washington.

The hottest year for both states is still 1934, when the Dust Bowl plagued the West.

Karin Bumbaco is the assistant state climatologist in Washington.

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Flooding
5:24 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Two King County Rivers Reach Stage 4 Flood Level

In King County, two rivers east of Seattle have reached the phase 4 flood alert stage, indicating severe flood danger. The Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers both hit levels as high as they’ve been in 6 years, says Doug Williams with the King County Flood Warning Center.  He says there are numerous road closures throughout the Snoqualmie valley, with sometimes fast-moving floodwaters covering highways. Williams says it’s never a good idea to try to drive through.

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Weather & Climate
5:49 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Long Range Forecast Calls For Warmer, Drier Winter

A U.S. winter outlook map for December 2014 through February 2015.
Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond said a lot of what's driving this forecast is an El Niño , a warming cycle in the Pacific Ocean that can have big effects on weather and climate around the globe.

"It is slowly getting started, but it looks like it is happening in the tropical Pacific,” he said. “In the past when we have had those conditions, it has tended to be on the warm, dry side."

As you might imagine, this outlook sends shivers down the spines of anyone who depends on winter snowpack for recreation, water supply or hydropower.

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Weather Patterns
5:14 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Long, Warm Summer On Tap According To Weather Service Outlook

An updated seasonal outlook from the National Weather Service calls for a long, warm summer.
Credit NOAA Climate Prediction Center

The supercomputers at the Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center have crunched long-term trends to produce an outlook for June, July and August. For most of the Northwest, the forecast gives a strong probability of above-normal temperatures. 

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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 Snowpack
4:43 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Washington Snowpack Rebuilding Toward Normal

Credit mikelehen / Flickr

On a clear day in Seattle, Nick Bond can size up the mountain snowpack on his bike ride to work. But as Washington state’s climatologist, he crunches the data for a more precise picture.

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Avalanche Risk
5:44 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk

A skier is nearly caught in an avalanche in central Oregon.
Kevin Grove

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:46 pm

The Baker County Sheriff in eastern Oregon says two cross-country skiers died Tuesday in an avalanche in the southern Wallowa Mountains. Two others were seriously injured. 

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Northwest Grapes
7:15 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Northwest Wine Grape Growers Brace For Cold Damage

Tom Waliser manages Pepper Bridge vineyard outside of Walla Walla, Washington. He's a bit worried about how this week's cold might affect his wine grape vines.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Northwest wine grape growers expect this week's cold weather to do some damage to their vineyards. But it’s not clear yet how much of next year’s fruit might be affected.

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Spectacular Fall Folliage
4:14 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Fall Colors Have Been Especially Good This Year

Tess Freeman Oregon Public Broadcasting

It's not your imagination: Fall colors have been spectacular in the Northwest this year. But if you want to catch a glimpse, you'd better hurry.

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