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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?

Ducks star cited with driving 118 mph

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been cited with driving 118 mph on a suspended license.

Oregon State police say Harris, 20, was pulled over after an off-duty trooper spotted him about 4:35 a.m. PDT Sunday on Interstate 5 south of Albany, Ore. An on-duty officer clocked Harris and pulled him over.

Harris was cited for driving with a suspended license and exceeding the speed limit in excess of 100 mph. Police say he was driving a rental car.

The fine for driving a vehicle faster than 100 mph is $1,148.

Harris excelled as a sophomore last season at cornerback and on special teams. He had six interceptions and set an Oregon record with four punt returns for touchdowns.

Known for his entertaining banter with reporters, Harris dubbed the BCS championship “The Natty.” Oregon lost to Auburn in the title game in January after going 12-0 last season.

Oregon coach Chip Kelly said in a statement that the team was disappointed by Harris' lack of judgment, which he called unacceptable.

“I've said from the beginning that it should be a privilege to play football at the University of Oregon. With that said, individuals must bear the responsibilities for their own behavior,” Kelly said. “Once we have finished collecting all the information in this situation, we will determine the appropriate action.”

Last month, Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of trespassing and criminal mischief. He was sentenced to two years of probation, 200 hours of community service and alcohol treatment.

Alonso, 20, was suspended indefinitely from the team by Kelly.

‘The UN Is Comin’, ‘The UN Is Comin’

In his column today in the Coeur d'Alene Press, weatherman Cliff Harris of Hayden writes: “There is no peer-confirmed scientific research that establishes a cause-and-effect relationship between increased atmospheric carbon dioxide and higher (or lower) global temperatures. This is a clever deception put forth by those attempting to impose a centralized, worldwide socialistic form of government headed by an empowered United Nations.” More here.

Question: Which do you believe in more/less global warming or a “centralized, worldwide socialistic form of government heading by an empowered United Nations”?

Kage: Harris Predicts Food Shortage

Kage Mann: Cliff Harris, the Meterologist/Climatologist, who writes for the press is predicting a world wide food shortage next year. With food crops in Pakistan, Russia, China and elsewhere, having been decimated by drought and flooding, there will be less food exported by these countries. The price of food is expected to rise significantly. The last few weeks, the price of wheat has gone up by 25% I’m told. Some people have already started their food storage at home. It’s hard to imagine a time when things are so bad, that we have to rely on food storage to get us through the hard times, but most of us didn’t live through the Great Depression either.

Question: What do you make of the prediction by Clilff Harris that the world will experience a food shortage in 2010?