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By the numbers

Sat., July 19, 2008

Today’s forecast

Spokane: 86

Coeur d’Alene: 85

Q:When will it rain again?

A:When particles of water are large enough to reach the ground. (Let’s say Tuesday.)

Q:How long until winter?

A: Twenty-two weeks.

Q:How long until the snow flies here again?

A:We’re thinking six weeks.

Q:How much should I drink each day?

A:1.9 liters, the Mayo Clinic advises.

Q:This is America. Can you put that in terms we can understand?

A:There are 159 liters in one U.S. oil barrel.

Q:Is that haze over the Northwest from California’s wildfires?

A:No, it’s from a volcanic eruption in the Aleutian Islands. The July 12 explosion of the 3,500-foot Okmok Volcano on Umnak Island spewed ash and sulfur dioxide 50,000 feet high, and the materials have formed into a large mass hovering above the North Pacific, according to National Geographic. Really. But go ahead and blame it on California.


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