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Weathercatch: Our two days of scorching heat, explained

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


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.


Weathercatch: A returning El Nino could mean a milder, less snowy, winter

Having just emerged from the hottest days of the year so far, what better time to think about our upcoming winter weather?


Weathercatch: No rain on our Fourth of July parade

Is there a single day when the weather is more important than on July 4?


Weathercatch: Hello, summer solstice! Dog days to arrive later

When summer officially begins at 3:07 a.m. Thursday, temperatures will be warm, but not at the heatwave-level predicted until just a few days ago. Originally, a high-pressure system was expected …


Weathercatch: June to bring ‘Sunshine Superman’ to Inland Northwest

When the ’60s British singer Donovan wrote the hit “Sunshine Superman,” he must have had the month of June in mind.


Weathercatch: Severe weather events – there’s something about May

May kicked off with a bang in the eastern U.S., the southern and Plains states, bringing a mix of tornadoes, hail, strong winds and violent thunderstorms. In our region, it …


Weathercatch: Spring heat spell brings 2018’s first 83-degree day to Spokane

After having only 11 days of sunshine since Jan. 1, last week looked – and felt — as though a giant lid was yanked off overhead.


Weathercatch: Cloudy with a chance of more clouds

If you feel like you have your head in the clouds, in a sense, you do.


Weathercatch: Spring fever? Hold off on planting much of your garden

When poet T.S. Elliot wrote that April is “the cruelest month,” it wasn’t because of the dreaded tax-filing deadline.


Weathercatch: Meteorological madness ushers spring, snow to follow?

Hello, spring. Tuesday’s vernal equinox marked the start of astronomical spring, meaning that tulips, Canada geese and evening walks are on the way.


Weathercatch: February fools region with weather in reverse

February is a transitionary month – a bridge from winter to early spring that typically starts out cold and ends with milder temperatures.


Weathercatch: Spokane vs. Embarrass: Same latitude, different climates:

Compared to Embarrass, Minnesota, Spokane is practically balmy.


Weathercatch: First month of 2018 featured a ‘wintermission’ – yes, really

If you enjoy knee-deep snow and a strong shot of cold temperatures, Old Man Winter is raining on your parade.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 12:25 a.m.

Weathercatch: Pacific Northwest’s ‘bomb cyclones’ tamer than East Coast’s

The Pacific Northwest was blissfully insulated from the recent “bomb cyclone” that clobbered the East Coast on Jan. 4, along with the stunning cold spell that followed.


Weathercatch: A look at 2017 – from ice, snow and wind to heat, drought and wildfires

From Arctic blasts of cold and snow to persistent heat and wildfire smoke, 2017 was a year of glaring weather contrasts for Washington state.


Weathercatch: Mystery of recent black ice – the culprit was … fog

What caused the black ice that appeared on a stretch when conditions were somewhat dry?


Weathercatch: Surprise thundersnow rumbles across the Palouse

A rare weather phenomenon occurred in the Palouse.


Weathercatch: Is our early snow an indicator of what winter will deliver?

Scientists are keeping a close eye on a La Nina system developing in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The cooler the ocean temperatures near the equator, the more wintery it could …


Weathercatch: Halloween trickeries, from fog to freezing

When it comes to Halloween weather conditions, Mother Nature has handed us plenty of tricks in the Inland Northwest.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Weathercatch: It’s fall? Cue the pumpkins – and flip flops

Hello autumn. Well, sort of.


Weathercatch: Why our fire season hit late – and bad

We just emerged from the first week of September, and boy, did autumn feel far away.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 11:47 p.m.

Weathercatch: Washington state’s biggest wildfire: Human caused, weather spread

A human is to blame for starting Washington state’s largest wildfire, burning since July 23.


Weathercatch: Thermostat reset and a breather from smoky skies

The Pacific Northwest received a break from smoky skies over the weekend when a high pressure dome began dissipating.


Weathercatch: In summertime, we’re the driest of them all

“There’s some seriously weird weather out there.” So says a recent Weather.com story, referring to near-record cool temperatures in New England, golf ball-size hail in Minneapolis and heavy downpours triggering …


Weathercatch: Wet spring produces bountiful fuel source for wildfires

Remember all the rain that fell in March and April? One would think a heavy drench would quell this summer’s wildfire danger. Not so. Instead, spring’s precipitation ramped up the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 1:49 p.m.

Weathercatch: What punched holes in our clouds?

The cloudscape threw us a curveball on June 20 when donut-shaped clouds wafted over the Inland Northwest.


Weathercatch: Temperature seesaw ride wrapping up

We just slipped past the year’s longest day and highest sun. Ever wonder why the summer solstice isn’t the warmest day of the year?


UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 3:57 p.m.

Weathercatch: Weather drives intense wallop of tree pollen levels

We see it and feel it – pollen madness. Trees have been exploding with tiny particles that coat our cars and make our eyes scratchy and our noses run. Blame …


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Weathercatch: Desperately seeking sunshine in Inland NW

If you found yourself peering out a window with gritted teeth at another damp, gloomy day this past weekend, join the growing club of sun cravers.