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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

Four Spokane vets flying to North Carolina to aid in aftermath of hurricane Florence

In the riverside city of New Bern, North Carolina, power outages and wastewater spills accompanied the flooding from Hurricane Florence. In online videos of the city, tall trees hang diagonally …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

Four dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

Blowing ashore with howling 90 mph winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Disaster preparedness apps are flourishing ahead of Hurricane Florence

Last year, it took Hurricane Harvey and Irma – two of the worst natural disasters in American history – to make Zello the most downloaded app online.


Ask Dr. Universe: How does land affect the weather?

We get different weather patterns depending on a few conditions, such as how much sun the land gets, if the land is near mountains or ocean, and how air circulates …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 4:12 p.m.

Spokane air quality worsened, then improved Thursday morning as students return to school

After days of easy breathing, Spokane’s air dipped into unhealthy ranges Thursday morning just as kids returned to school for the year.


Heat index in US Northeast tops 100; girl dies in hot car

Tens of millions of people in the northeastern United States sweated in dangerously high heat Wednesday, with temperatures that felt like more than 100 degrees and prompted emergency measures including …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 11:35 p.m.

Spokane air quality reaches ‘hazardous’ range

Air quality in Spokane has tipped into the “hazardous” range, and regional air quality monitors caution anyone, regardless of health, from exerting themselves out of doors.


Lost Summer: Wildfires make August campfires an endangered species

The month of August in the great Northwest once meant campfires, visits to deep lakes that had finally warmed enough for all-day fun, and last-chance vacations before school ended outdoor …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Possible overnight dry lightning causes red flag warning in Spokane; smoke may lessen from nighttime winds

The possibility of lightning prompted a red flag warning Thursday and into Friday morning for Spokane and the Palouse region.


Weathercatch: Our two days of scorching heat, explained

For two taxing days last week, our region withered under record-breaking temperatures.


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: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Four cyclones are churning across the Pacific. Here’s what they look like from space.

Four tropical cyclones are swirling in the Pacific Ocean this week, at least one of which is a significant threat to land.


Historically, when it’s this hot, Spokane takes notice

Temperatures in Spokane may reach a record high Thursday, with high near 100 for most of the week.


Weathercatch: The West is a tinderbox – again

When the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning early this week for much of Washington’s eastern half, it was no surprise.


New Oregon wildfire prompting mandatory evacuations

A new fast-moving fire has forced mandatory evacuations south of The Dalles.


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.


Animals, crops and people all suffer amid Europe’s heatwave

The heatwave gripping large stretches of Europe has already been blamed for deadly forest fires and crop failures. Now freshwater fish could be its next victims.


As hot weather sears Spokane, local cooling tricks provide relief

The heat is on again today as much of Eastern Washington braces for hot weather flirting with 100 degrees. Some temperature records could fall amid an excessive heat warning that …


UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018, 1:41 p.m.

Excessive heat watch warning in effect for Monday, Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch warning for Monday and Tuesday.


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

Water starts receding in Pennsylvania after days of floods

Floodwaters began to recede in central Pennsylvania on Thursday, leaving behind a film of mud and headaches for motorists trying navigate around dozens of roads closed to traffic.


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.


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

Death toll in Missouri duck boat accident rises to 17

Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in …


UPDATED: Sun., July 15, 2018, 7:41 p.m.

Fluctuating temperatures: Expect hot days, cooler nights going into next week

The roasting Spokane faced this week is not letting up.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Red flag warning in Spokane due to overnight, morning thunderstorms

Forecasted wind gusts reaching 50 mph and lightning could combine to spark wildfires in the Columbia Basin, on the Palouse and near Spokane, the National Weather Service warned. The warning …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

Reg Flag Warning issued in Spokane County and surrounding areas until Saturday

Spokane will be under a Red Flag Warning from 2 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Saturday morning. A Red Flag Warning signals a high risk for fire. Windy weather, low …


All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 7:49 a.m.

Warm, mild weather expected for the rest of the week, early July

Spokane residents can expect mild weather, with the possibility of some showers the rest of the week and moving into next month.


Longest day of the year: Summer solstice arrives today

Early this morning the sun passed over the Tropic of Cancer, the northern limit of its yearlong path. The result is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year …


Strong Pennsylvania storm damages businesses, overturns cars

A strong storm pounded parts of Pennsylvania, damaging numerous businesses in a shopping plaza, overturning cars and downing trees and power lines.


Brrr … Warm May gives way to cool June, but temperatures expected to heat up

A warmer-than-usual May has given way to a cooler start to June. But temperatures are expected to climb as high as the 90s by early next week.