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Tornado reported in Western Washington

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service confirms the winds that damaged industrial buildings in western Washington, including a Boeing factory, were a tornado.

Meteorologist Johnny Burg says a team from the Weather Service office in Seattle went to the scene Monday and certified the tornado, based on eyewitness accounts.

The tornado at 7:20 a.m. tore a hole in the roof of the Northwest Door factory at Frederickson, halting production of garage doors.

The tornado also caused minor damage to the nearby Boeing factory and cars in the parking lot. Boeing says work has resumed.

The winds topped a weekend of record rains from a wintry storm in the Northwest.

Is is blustery where you are? Here in Spokane we're battening down the hatches and clicking our ruby red shoes.

Katie: You’re Killing Me, Ma Nature

A tweet from Katie Utehs/Krem expresses my sentiments exactly re: grapple currently falling outside my office window on Northwest Boulevard: “Mother nature you're killing me! What is this slush falling from the sky?” Is it time to sacrifice a local weather forecaster in the nearest volcano to see if we can get things changed around?

Question: What do you make of grapple/snow on March 26?

Harris: Measuring Snowfall

I’ve had many Press subscribers ask me recently to explain just how I measure the snowfall at my location on Player Drive in the northwestern corner of Coeur d’Alene. They also ask me why I seem to gauge more snow during a particular period or season than in their parts of town. First, we are at an elevation on Player Drive that’s nearly 100 feet higher than down near Lake Coeur d’Alene at the resort. The lake likewise tends to keep surrounding areas a bit warmer during the winter months, hence less snow. The second reason that we frequently see more of the white stuff in my part of town is that are are in a ‘snowbelt corridor’ that runs from just north of I-90 northward through Rathdrum and Twin Lakes/Cliff Harris, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (2007 Kathy Plonka SR file photo of Cliff Harris)

Question: How would you rate Winter 2011-12 as compared to other Inland Northwest winters?

Sunny w/50% Chance Of Anxiety

On May days here in the 1970s, I didn’t worry much when I looked out the window of my morning high school classes and saw the pouring rain. I knew that by the time school ended in the afternoon, the sun would be in the sky. Perfect weather for our bike rides through Riverside State Park or for walks in Audubon Park. Back then, we could easily predict the spring and summer weather in Spokane. May? Rain in the morning, followed by afternoon clearing. Memorial Day? Fifty-fifty chance of rain. June? Don’t go to camp; it always rains. Fourth of July? See Memorial Day. July and August? Mostly hot weather, interspersed with glorious thunderstorms. But I’m no longer predicting spring-winter weather, because the weather patterns I grew up seem to have vanished. I miss them/Rebecca Nappi, SR. More here. (Spokesman-Review illustration)

Question: Do you miss predictable weather in the Inland Northwest?

Dustin: Me Hates Wind Gusts

On Twitter, Dustin Hurst/Idaho Reporter writes: “I hate wind. I hate it more than any other weather condition. I would rather have 7 feet of snow than wind gusts.”

Question: Which weather condition bugs you most?

Let it snow!

Lewis Smith, age 13, shovels snow as he builds an igloo in front of his home in Overland Park, Kan. Friday, Dec. 25, 2009.

The Inland Northwest may have missed out on a white Christmas this year, but forecasters are promising to make up for it this week.

National Weather Service meteorologists on Monday were eyeing a pair of Pacific storm systems moving toward the Inland Northwest.

They are expected to drop an inch or so of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday and again on Thursday night and Friday.

Already coming down in Spokane this morning. Good news or bad news?

And the Good News is…

More sunshine, just in time for my lobster bisque look to deepen to ruby red.

And the Spokane Park Board approved discount passes for frequent pool users:

Where’s your favorite place to swim?

Edwards: Bring Back Regular Programs

When are the TV stations going to resume their regular programming?  Enough is enough.  We are doubly punished, first by the storm, then by the long-boring coverage of the storm, repeating the same stories, with the same pictures… and it’s been 24 hours! Hey, TV stations, we’re ready to go back to hearing the national news.  We get it.  There’s a lot of snow out there?/Gary Edwards.

Question: Are you tired of the coverage of the snowstorm by the Spokane TV stations and would like to see more regular programs, like Gary? Or do you think the coverage is appropriate, given the nature of the storm?

Snow Thread: Let It Snow?

Let’s use this post as our weather thread today. You can let other Merry Hucksters know how things are going at your place by posting comments here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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