weather and climate

Northwest Climate
7:50 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Here's Why It Will Be A Bad Year For The Northwest (Or Maybe Not)

Mt. Rainier seen in October 2014.
Credit louelke / Flickr

It was a warm winter in the Northwest this year. It certainly rained, and it was plenty gray, but there wasn’t much snow. And that means low snowpack. The Washington Department of Ecology says Washington snowpack is at 21 percent of normal levels.

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Mountain Passes Open
7:40 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Northwest's High Mountain Passes Set To Open Early

April 2013 file photo of Washington's Chinook Pass. A low snowpack this year means the road is set to open earlier than usual.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 3:49 pm

Several high mountain passes in the Northwest are set to have historically-early openings this year due to low snowpack.

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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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Milky Rain
5:07 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Several Groups To Study Eastern Washington's Milky Rain Mystery

Locations of reports of 'milky rain' on February 6, 2015.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 4:48 pm

Last week a dusty rain coated cars and windows across eastern Washington, Oregon and north Idaho.

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Milky Rain
4:37 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

National Scientists, Weather Service Dig Into Mystery Of Milky Rain

Scientists are still trying to determine what was behind the 'milky rain' that fell on eastern Washington and Oregon last week.
National Weather Service - Spokane

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 4:19 pm

Last Friday much of eastern Washington and Oregon was pelted with a dirty rain, but so far scientists do not agree on a cause.

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