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  • El Nino declining, cool sister may take its place

    If surface sea waters continue to cool, La Nina could emerge as early as this fall, say scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and an increasing number of …


  • Randy Mann: Inland Northwest winter will be drier than normal

    As mentioned in previous columns, sea-surface temperature patterns usually have a strong influence on global weather patterns. In El Niño years the Inland Northwest often sees more rain than snow …


  • Snow may be a no-show

    La Niña was supposed to bring lots of snow this winter, just like it did three of the past four winter seasons. Inland Northwest residents were prepared for the worst …


  • La Niña boosts chances for white Christmas

    Late last week, our first major snow was seen across the Inland Northwest. After today, we’ll pass the Thanksgiving holiday and be heading toward Christmas. The big question I’m starting …


  • La Niña influence in region’s winter uncertain

    As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, La Niña, the cooler-than-normal sea-surface temperature phenomenon in the south-central Pacific Ocean, has returned. For the last several weeks, this La Niña has been …


  • La Niña winter won’t necessarily be extreme

    A recent study published in Nature Geosciences supports the idea that when the sun’s intensity weakens, winter weather patterns in the U.S. and northern Europe favor colder and snowy weather. …


  • Solar activity may keep snow in check

    The National Weather Service earlier predicted that the chances of La Niña returning would be fifty-fifty. As mentioned before, La Niña is the abnormal cooling of sea-surface temperatures along the …


  • Atmospheric pressures raise El Niño prospects

    Last week, I wrote that La Niña, the cooler than normal sea-surface temperature event was gone. Recently, the National Weather Service issued a forecast that put the odds at 50/50 …


  • Departure of La Niña likely means less snow

    Sea-surface temperatures in the south-central Pacific Ocean are changing. For many months, we were under the influence of La Niña, the cooler than normal ocean event along the equatorial regions. …


  • La Niña may be on way out, El Niño returning

    Over the past year, the Inland Northwest has been influenced by La Niña, the cooler-than-normal sea-surface temperature phenomenon along the equatorial regions. Conditions in our region have been cooler and …


  • Mann: Summer shaping up to be warm, dry

    The last three out of four snowy winter seasons have been blamed, at least in part, on La Niña, the cooler-than-normal sea-surface temperature pattern along the equatorial regions. As of …


  • Weak La Niña hints at heat, but first, thunder

    Many folks continue to ask, “when will we see the warmer and drier weather?” There have been more days with clouds, rain and even a little snow compared to ones …


  • La Nina keeps wet weather coming

    We’re in the first week of April and the moisture continues to fall. In fact, the first three months of 2011 were among the wettest in recorded history across parts …


  • Randy Mann: Sunspot activity could push temperatures higher

    As I’ve mentioned in last week’s column, solar activity, combined with La Nina, the cooler than normal sea-surface temperature event in the south-central Pacific Ocean, may be contributing to some …


  • Expected slow melt, rain should help crops, forecaster says

    Keep your hat and gloves at the ready because cold weather will linger across the Inland Northwest throughout the rest of this winter and into spring. Art Douglas, who farmers …


  • Worldwide, this crazy winter is one for the record books

    As mentioned in previous articles, the winter of 2010-’11 has been one of the most severe across many parts of the globe. This includes the Inland Northwest as record snows …


  • La Niña to blame for cold, snowy weather

    As I mentioned last week, much of the planet continues to experience some kind of extreme weather. Here in the Inland Northwest, we saw the snowiest November in recorded history. …


  • Ski resorts’ season off to booming start

    Outstanding conditions have brought an avalanche of skiers to Inland Northwest resorts, operators reported Monday. An early opening for most ski areas got the season off to a strong start, …


  • Colder and snowier winter shaping up

    Temperatures plunged to near 10 below zero across the Inland Northwest on Nov. 23. If you think that’s cold, the mercury plunged to an unbelievable 68 below zero in Siberia …


  • Early snows bolster ski resorts’ hopes for busy season

    So far, it looks like La Niña is delivering as promised. Ski resort operators across the Inland Northwest started cheering as early as last spring when forecasters began predicting the …


  • Area ski resorts like what they’ve seen so far

    So far, it looks like La Niña is delivering as promised. Ski resort operators across the Inland Northwest started cheering as early as last spring when forecasters began predicting the …


  • Past helps us predict snow on holidays

    Early this week, our first major snow was seen across the Inland Northwest. After today, we’ll pass the Thanksgiving holiday and be heading toward Christmas. The big question I’m starting …


  • Headed for a deep freeze

    Inland Northwest residents will be digging out this morning from the first major winter storm of the season – one that brought blizzard conditions in a blast of arctic air. …


  • Warmer world average cooling off as region sees wetter winter coming

    Since late summer, I’ve been talking about the new La Niña, the cooler-than-normal sea-surface temperature along the equatorial regions. During the winter of 2009-’10, we had an El Niño, the …


  • Verner urges residents to prepare for winter

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner kicked off the Inland Northwest snow season on Monday with a plea to residents to keep their sidewalks clear and cars out of the way of …


  • Gearing up for winter – and just in time

    With colder autumn weather settling over the Inland Northwest, National Weather Service forecasters said there is an increasing possibility of snow falling in the lowlands this week. However, little if …


  • Enjoy mild conditions while they last

    With all the talk of a cold and wet winter on the horizon, who would have thought we would be enjoying sunshine and temperatures in the middle and upper 50s …


  • La Nina may cook up holiday feast for the slopes

    Most people of the ski and snowboard persuasion know a La Nina winter is on the way. The reality set in for me when a powder alert from Larry Schick …


  • Increase in La Niña and sunspots alters snowfall estimate

    As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, we now have a La Niña, the cooler-than-normal, sea-surface temperatures phenomenon in the south-central Pacific Ocean. For the last several months, this La Niña …


  • Wetter winter still unlikely to shatter snowfall records

    As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, we now have La Niña, the cooler-than-normal sea-surface temperatures in the south-central Pacific Ocean. For the last several months, this La Niña has been …

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