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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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Northwest Weather
7:46 am
Wed March 20, 2013

New Study Shows Increase In Stormy Weather In Western Washington

A stormy scene on the Dungeness Spit in Washington state. Climate researchers say rainfall data suggests it's getting stormier on the Olympic Peninsula.
Credit masmediaspace / Flickr

Climate change will affect different regions of the country in different ways. In the Southwest it may get warmer and drier. In the Northwest, however, climate models predict it getting warmer and wetter.

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Winter Weather
5:02 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Three Month Outlook Forecasts Chilly Winter Ahead

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 4:46 pm

Just about all the cities in the Northwest have endured a stretch of abnormally cold weather. Now an updated three-month climate outlook suggests the past could be prologue.

The latest computer model run by the National Climate Prediction Center increases the likelihood for below normal temperatures during the next three months in most of our region. This applies to all of Washington, nearly all of Oregon and the northern half of Idaho.

Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond says to get used to "chilly."

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Winter Traffic Accidents
6:49 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Dozens Crash In Spokane After Snowfall, Speed Biggest Factor

In the past two days, there have been 149 vehicle crashes in Spokane County. Though snow falls in Spokane every year, Police say they still see a rise in car-wrecks on icy winter roads. Paige Browning reports.

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Wind, Rain In Northwest
5:35 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

High Winds, Heavy Rain Pummel The Northwest

A vehicle speeds through a flooded intersection in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman

High winds and heavy rain are pummeling the Northwest Monday. Downed trees and floodwaters have closed countless roads, making the evening commute a difficult one. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman went to check out a creek near his home.

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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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Northwest Dry Spell
5:56 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Northwest Dry Spell Almost At An End

Forecasters say some coastal mountain areas in the Northwest could see up to eight inches of rain this weekend.
Satellite image courtesy National Weather Service

The streak of dry weather in much of the Northwest is about to come to a soggy end. A weather system fueled by subtropical moisture is bearing down on the region.

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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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Smoky Skies
4:50 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Smoke Creating Vicious Cycle In Northwest Skies

Smoke from wildfires can create some spectacular sunsets, like this one near Boise, Idaho.
Jim Larson Flickr

The fight against numerous large fires in central Washington is turning the corner. Since the weekend, fire bosses have been able to release nearly 400 firefighters from the blazes near Wenatchee. But forecasters say it may be a while before the Inland Northwest sees clear, blue skies again.

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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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