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  • UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 1:49 p.m.

    Weathercatch: What punched holes in our clouds?

    The cloudscape threw us a curveball on June 20 when donut-shaped clouds wafted over the Inland Northwest.


  • Weathercatch: Saucer-like clouds can hover over summits for hours

    Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis, meaning lentil-shaped in Latin) mostly develop among the crests and valleys of mountainous terrain. They are associated with waves in the atmosphere that form when moist …


  • Weathercatch: Mammatus clouds – odd, eerie and very photogenic

    It’s believed that mammatus clouds (pronounced me-MATT-es) occur when cold, dense air sinks – in essence “punching” through the storm cloud and creating a band of sack-like structures. While their …


  • Weathercatch: January’s gray comes with silver lining

    If you’ve been sloshing through a case of the winter blah’s, you’re not alone. Drizzle, snow, freezing rain, fog – only a duck would love the kind of January we’re …


  • ‘Punch hole clouds’ extend east of Spokane to North Idaho

    Dawn unveiled an unusual and beautiful cloud formation Wednesday that was last documented in the Inland Northwest five years ago. A group of “punch hole clouds” formed to the east …


  • Paragliders: Free as the wind in Washington

    Although he’d been paragliding for 11 years, setting a record had never been in Matt Senior’s flight plan. But on May 31, using sophisticated weather data bases compiled by the …


  • Above-normal temperatures stick around

    Mild weather will continue across the Inland Northwest through the middle of next week. Hiighs Friday once again will reach the lower 40s in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.


  • Clouds with small chance of rain today

    Cloudy weather with a 30 percent chance of rain and highs in the lower 40s are being forecasted for today with a chance of sunshine coming on Wednesday and Thursday.


  • UI professor joins ice melt research

    At the Greenland ice sheet’s coldest and thickest point, where temperatures can plunge to 55 degrees below zero and ancient ice layers are 10,000 feet deep, a University of Idaho …


  • Clouds, showers start cooling trend

    Clouds and showers today will signal the start of a cooling trend across the Inland Northwest, although temperatures will remain mild in the upper 70s across the region.