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  • After two bad wildfire years, this season ‘normal’ in Northwest

    After two consecutive years in which wildfires set acreage records in Washington, this fire season has been light. In fact, wildfires have been smaller and less destructive in Washington, Oregon …


  • Idaho stream flows peak after record snowpack melt

    Stream flows are peaking early after a record amount of Idaho’s snowpack melted in April. Hydrologist Phil Morrisey said warm temperatures and dry weather are responsible for melting the snowpack.


  • Montana snowstorm cuts power to tens of thousands

    A spring storm swept through Montana, dumping up to 20 inches of snow in the mountains and knocking out power to tens of thousands of people across the state, officials …


  • Rising nighttime temperatures melting snowpack earlier in the year

    About 14 percent of the Spokane River basin’s snowpack has melted away over the past couple of weeks. The rapid melt-off was caused by nighttime mountain temperatures that were 10 …


  • Mid-winter snowpack is near normal for the region, surveys indicate

    The region’s mid-winter snow pack is near normal. If the snowpack continues to grow through April 1, the Northwest will return to normal water conditions this summer.


  • Dry, cold weather expected this week

    After a chance of light snow on Tuesday morning, the weather is going to become cold and dry going into the new year.


  • Inland Northwest weather likely to remain drier than normal

    The drought in California continues to go from bad to worse. The state’s governor, Jerry Brown, has ordered that up to 50 million square feet of lawns be ripped up …


  • Low snowpack presents picture, problems for Spokane area

    Climate scientists are eager to study our unusual winter. By 2050, it could be the Northwest’s new normal. Average amounts of moisture fell over most of Washington, Idaho and Oregon …


  • Worsening drought prompts emergency declaration from Inslee

    OLYMPIA – Nearly half of Washington is expected to face hardships due to worsening drought and snowpack conditions, and state officials say they are on the lookout for problems across …


  • Mild winter yields low snowpack, water reserves

    OLYMPIA – There’s a big downside to the relatively mild winter with more rain than snow that most of Washington experienced, and it’s not for skiers and snowboarders. Parts of …


  • Snowpack suffering from warmer temperatures

    Virtually no measureable snow accumulated in the mountains of Washington and Idaho last month, except for a light dusting in a few areas above 4,000 feet.


  • Avista’s 2014 earnings up 73 percent

    Last year was a busy one for Avista Corp. The Spokane-based utility celebrated its 125th anniversary, bought an electric utility in Alaska and sold off a subsidiary.


  • Climate change affects Northwest snowpack, study says

    Last weekend’s doozy of a storm followed a classic Northwest weather script. Winds gusting to 40 mph blew moisture-rich air from the ocean into the Cascades and Northern Rockies, dumping …


  • Frigid waters pose springtime risk

    Water in area rivers and lakes may look tempting during warmer weather forecast for the weekend, but experts say rivers and lakes remain deadly cold. Air temperatures will soar into …


  • Idaho water supply strong heading to summer

    Some record-setting weather in March has put Idaho’s snowpack — and ultimately its rivers, reservoirs and aquifers — in great shape heading into summer growing and recreation season, according to …


  • Low snowpack levels have officials making drought plans

    As cross-country skiers whizzed along crusty trails of hardened snow at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park last week, Scott Pattee taught a boisterous group of grade-schoolers how to measure …


  • Statewide snowpack 70 percent of average

    Warmer than normal temperatures are melting Washington’s mediocre snowpack – and with it, almost all hope for average stream flows this summer.


  • Region’s snowpack lackluster

    El Niño isn’t doing much for the Pacific Northwest’s mountain snowpack. Snow accumulations that broke records in parts of Washington during November are melting under an onslaught of mild January …


  • Lots of snow, but just average Wash. snowpack

    You might think that the record-breaking snowfall so far this winter in Washington state would ensure there will be plenty of water to avoid drought when it melts this spring …


  • Extreme avalanche danger to persist

    Heavy, wet snow piled on top of light, crystallized flakes has created high avalanche danger, regional avalanche experts say. And the threat will likely grow with more snow expected in …


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