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The Business of Cool: How local businesses, organizations help Spokane cope when temperatures crack 100

On hot days like these, the city adjusts. Residents spend less time outside, retreating to shade and air conditioning to keep from overheating. But for the folks who ensure the …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

With climate change warming Washington’s waters fish are left seeking a place to chill

The heat blanketing the Spokane region didn’t just send us two-legged mammals scurrying for cooler climes. Fish in the Spokane River also sought refuge as the air temperature neared 103 …


Death Valley sets tentative world record for hottest month

The natural furnace of California’s Death Valley was on full broil in July, tentatively setting a world record for hottest month ever.


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 6:28 p.m.

Extreme heat sizzles across the U.S. Southwest

Extreme heat sizzled across the U.S. Southwest again on Wednesday after ramping up electricity use so much in the Phoenix area that a major utility broke a record.


Seattle is least air-conditioned metro area in the U.S. So how do locals keep cool?

If it’s true that misery loves company, then Seattle is a great place to be during a heat wave. At least you know that most of your neighbors are suffering …


House Call: Be mindful of the heat as summer gets warmer

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke are related to each other but vary in seriousness. All three are typically caused by exercise or other strenuous activity in hot environments.


Weather breaks the 80-degree mark, but don’t expect it to last

Things are heating up in Spokane.


Earth sweltered to 3rd-hottest August, summer on record

Earth just sweated through the third hottest August and summer on record.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Winds, fire, floods and quakes: A nutty run of nature

With four big hurricanes, a powerful earthquake and wildfires, it seems that nature recently has just gone nuts.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 8:25 p.m.

Unofficial end of summer brings no heat relief in U.S. West

The heat has peaked for Southern California, but parts of Northern California are set to see it soar some more.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Not even desert safe from wildfire threat in blazing West

Triple-digit heat across much of the U.S. West hampered crews battling dozens of wildfires Thursday, including one threatening the main travel route to the Burning Man counterculture festival in the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

Western U.S. bakes, with heat expected into holiday weekend

Strong high pressure baked much of the West in high heat Wednesday, and forecasters said the siege would last into the Labor Day weekend and likely beyond.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

July ranks 2nd for heat globally, hottest recorded on land

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that Earth sweated to its second-hottest month since recordkeeping began in 1880.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Soggy Seattle does about-face with record dry streak

Soggy Seattle clocked the wettest winter on record just months ago. Now, the city known for its Gore-Tex and overcast days has gone in the other extreme: it’s in its …


Oregon farmers, vintners worry about heat damage to crops

Farmers and vineyard owners in Oregon are worrying that the extensive heat wave in the state may be doing damage to their crops.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

107 degrees. Heat-trapping gear. So why no heat illnesses at Hanford tank farms?

The temperature has soared to 107 degrees at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this summer. In the tank farms, workers pull on three pairs of gloves, cover their faces with respirator …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 11:56 a.m.

Ongoing ‘Lucifer’ heat wave stifles large swath of Europe

BELGRADE, Serbia – No wonder it’s been dubbed “Lucifer.” A relentless heat wave that gripped parts of Europe this week has sent temperatures soaring to record highs for several days, …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Northwest residents seek relief as heat wave bakes region

People in the Pacific Northwest were enduring another scorching day Thursday as temperatures pushed toward triple digits. The heat affected everything from transit to sporting events.


Energy Northwest under ‘no touch’ order during heat wave

The Bonneville Power Administration asked Energy Northwest not to do any significant maintenance or surveillance that in any way would jeopardize the Columbia Generating Station from operating at 100 percent …


Excessive heat warning issued for much of western Oregon

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued an excessive heat warning.


Heat warning issued for Western Washington

An Excessive Heat Warning is set to go into effect for much of the interior of Western Washington this week.


100 years ago in Spokane: Ice cream sales soar as heatwave grips city

Spokane’s blistering heat wave continued without letup – and one local industry was reaping big profits. Spokane’s ice cream demand broke “all previous records,” according to the manager of one …


Judge orders Texas to lower temperature in sweltering prison

A federal judge Wednesday gave state prison officials 15 days to come up with a plan to lower the temperature to 88 degrees inside a Southeast Texas prison where attorneys …


First half of 2017 ranks 2nd hottest globally, behind 2016

The first half of 2017 was the second warmest on record for Earth, only behind last year.


Highs in the 80s will reign all week

Summer weather will continue through the week, with afternoon readings mainly in the 80s in Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

How hot is too hot aboard an airliner? The law doesn’t say

Every day, tens of thousands of U.S. airline passengers settle into their seats, lower the window shades and reach up to twist the air vents without the benefit of something …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 3:53 p.m.

Extreme heat broils the Dakotas and Montana; flash drought takes toll on wheat crop

A massive and intense heat dome has spread over the northern Plains and mountain West, sucking moisture out of the soil, and may persist for weeks. The scorching heat and …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

Hot weather primes area for wildfire danger

Two days of searing hot weather are going to send the fire danger soaring


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

Scorching heat a possible factor in Arizona deaths

Officials are investigating the heat as a possible factor in 12 deaths in metro Phoenix last week as temperatures soared to 119 degrees.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

Extreme heat making wildfire battle tougher in Southwest

An extreme heat wave in the Southwest U.S. made the fight against a series of wildfires more difficult Wednesday, including one that has destroyed at least four homes in an …