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Volunteers Again Battle Flooding Midwest Rivers Rivers 12 Feet Above Banks Just 2 Years After Earlier Disaster

Memories of the record high water of two years ago washed over volunteers Sunday as they sweated on sandbag lines near the point where the flooding Missouri and Mississippi rivers …


Rain To Dampen Wildfire Threat Forecasters Predict Wetter-Than-Average Summer Will Reduce Chance Of Repeat Of Last Year’s Catastrophic Forest Fires

Forecasters perdict a wetter summer than last year, when fires consumed more than 200,000 acres of land in Central Washington. File/The Spokesman-Review


Tornadoes Blow Across Tennesee Three Die In An Amish Town; Missouri Flooding Kills Two

A tornado ripped through the small Amish community of Ethridge in southern Tennessee on Thursday, killing three and injuring at least 20. The tornado also damaged 32 homes and destroyed …


Tornadoes, Heavy Rains Sock Ohio Valley States

A twister ripped off the wall oif this Raritan, Ill., home on Saturday. Photo by Associated Press


Missouri Storm Leaves Two Dead

Powerful thunderstorms killed two people Monday and damaged at least 25 homes in southwest Missouri, while a motel and several homes had to be evacuated during downpours in the Black …


Wild Storm Kills 14 In Texas Fierce Winds Fired Softball-Sized Hail At People Enjoying Outdoor Festival

Storm casualties Tom Felsenthal and Rachel Hertel were treated at a Fort Worth aid center. Photo by Associated Press


Easter Likely To Stay Cool

Easter may be a little later on the calendar this year, but don’t count on any big warm-up for the weekend festivities. Forecasters are calling for below normal temperatures and …


Raging Blizzard Strands Travelers

A raging blizzard packing winds up to 60 mph barreled across the Plains on Sunday, closing hundreds of miles of interstate, and stranding tourists and truckers at motels, convenience stores …


Idaho Fears Floods, Not Drought Due To Precipitation In March, State’s Reservoirs Will Fill Up

This month’s heavy precipitation that reached record levels in some parts of Idaho turned Thursday’s final meeting of the state Water Supply Committee from talk of drought to concern over …


Winter’s Been Warmer, Drier Than Normal

The government confirmed Thursday what many Americans already had sensed: This winter was warmer than normal. Indeed, with a national average temperature of 36.03 degrees, this past winter tied with …


In Like A Frog? Rains Set Record

The heavy rain that fell in Spokane on Tuesday and early Wednesday set a record for the most rainfall in a 24-hour period in March. A total of 1.05 inches …


New Storm Moves Into N. California

A new storm moved into Northern California Tuesday, causing fears of more flooding as already swollen lakes and rivers rose to dangerous levels in some areas. Farther south, a slackening …


Downpour In Bahrain

Thunderstorms, rarely seen at this time of year, dumped more rain on Bahrain in less than 24 hours than the Persian Gulf island sees in a year. A record 2.72 …


6 Missing In I-5 Collapse California Storms Leave Thousands Homeless; 38 Counties Are Disaster Areas

Rescue workers dig out a vehicle Saturday that plunged from an Interstate 5 bridge into Arroyo Pasajero Creek late Friday. Two people are believed to be in the car, which …


Teen Dies From Tree Injury; Second Storm-Related Death

A Pierce County teenager critically injured during a fierce windstorm died Friday at Harborview Medical Center, officials said. Justin Grove’s death was the second blamed on Thursday’s Western Washington storm. …


Flood Fears Grow As Storm Hammers N. California Areas Recovering From Flooding In January Try To Brace For Worst

Vehicles cautiously make their way through a flooded underpass Thursday on Highway 101 in Menlo Park, Calif. Photo by Associated Press


Winter Reminds Drivers It’s Not Over Sudden Storm Creates Hazardous Roads; Outage In Mead

Motorists slid, crashed and abandoned their cars on slippery roads all over Eastern Washington and North Idaho on Saturday night. “You’d think it was the first snow of the winter …


Winter Slips Back Into Region, Surprising Drivers Sudden Storm Makes Roads Hazardous; Power Lost In Mead

Motorists slid, crashed and abandoned their cars on slippery roads all over North Idaho and Eastern Washington on Saturday night. “You’d think it was the first snow of the winter …


Californians Head For Beaches

Southern Californians coated themselves with suntan lotion, basked in the sunshine and took cooling plunges in the Pacific on Monday as record winter temperatures nudged toward 100 degrees. Shorts, sandals, …


Baby, It’s Cold Outside Residents Cope With Outages; Homeless Shelters Nearly Full

Bundled up against the cold, Richard Norris makes his way through the snow on Wall Street in downtown Spokane on Monday. He said there wasn’t enough snow Monday to require …


Wind Damages 5 Jetliners In Miami

A windstorm with gusts up to 61 mph damaged five jetliners parked at gates Monday at Miami International Airport. No one was injured and passengers were scheduled on other flights.


Snowstorm Leaves Portland Reeling `There’s Been About 8 Zillion Accidents,’ Police Report

Up to 10 inches of snow brought traffic to a virtual standstill in the state’s largest city Sunday as a winter storm blasted Oregon on the heels of a week …


Chilly Forecast Gives Farmers The Shivers `I’D Like To Throw A Blanket Over My Wheat Crop,’ Says Plaza, Wash., Farmer Bob Kjack

This is a farmer’s worst nightmare. With an Arctic express threatening the Inland Northwest, grain and fruit growers can only pray that $2 billion in winter crops aren’t wiped out …


Torrential Rains Flood Iran

Torrential rains have flooded parts of south and central Iran, submerging farmland and cutting off dozens of villages, Tehran radio reported Monday. The broadcast, monitored in Cyprus, said several rivers …


Arctic Blast Continues To Hold Its Grip On Much Of The East Records Falling With The Low Temperatures

Waiting for a bus in Buffalo, N.Y., was no fun Monday. Photo by Associated Press


Groundhog Lied: Eastern States Brace For Blizzard Associated Press

One day after Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog predicted an early spring, people from West Virginia to New York stocked up Friday against the threat of snow. “It’s unbelievable the way …


Sea Fauna Headed North, Seen As Proof Of Global Warming

Scientists studying 60 years in the life of a California tidal zone will report today that whole populations of sea creatures, including snails, crabs, starfish and anemone are migrating northward …


Most Of Idaho Swims In Above-Average Precipitation

Above-average precipitation in January boosted snow levels in the central Idaho mountains to their highest levels in more than a decade. At Mores Creek Summit above Boise the snow was …


January Going Out Like A Lamb

The last day of January is going to feel more like the first day of spring as mild air moves into the region from the southwest this week. High temperatures …


Fog Disrupts Travel In Midwest, East

Heavy fog forced cancellation or delays of hundreds of airline flights in the Midwest and Northeast on Thursday, stranding travelers and leading to a “big old slumber party” at Chicago’s …