June 7, 2012 in City, Idaho

Inland NW breaks weather records

By The Spokesman-Review
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A few varieties of evergreen azalea rhododendron can survive Spokane’s climate, including this one. Most are not hardy enough for the cold. Cool weather has helped all of the rhododendrons look good this spring.
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Records for rainfall and cool temperatures were broken in several locations across the Inland Northwest on Wednesday in the second day of a two-day June storm, the National Weather Service said today.

Newport had 1.33 inches of rain, breaking a record of 1.10 inches in 1995. Records have been kept there since 1909.

Colville saw 0.94 inches of rain, exceeding the 0.84 inches that fell in 1982. The records there date to 1899.

Highs ranging from the upper 40s to 50s in Republic, Colville, Grand Coulee, Newport and Winthrop tied or broke records for the coldest maximum temperature for the date.

Mullan Pass broke a record with a high of 32, which was one degree colder than the 33 measured in 2008.

Today is bringing a break in a series of storms with partly sunny skies this morning and an expected high of 66. Showers are possible this afternoon. There is a chance of thunderstorms later today.

More stormy weather is expected late this afternoon and tonight and the unsettled and wet spring weather is likely through Sunday morning. Sunday should bring relatively good weather as a stable air mass moves inland and a warm up continues into Monday and Tuesday.

Highs should be in the 50s on Friday and Saturday going to the 60s on Sunday and Monday. Lows will be in the 40s.

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