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Weathercatch: April fools with above-average rain in Spokane

April rains were more than normal, and it was cool and breezy in the Inland Northwest.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 12:09 p.m.

Weathercatch: Soggy spring increases risk of slides in Inland Northwest

When it comes to precipitation, the Inland Northwest has really been dumped on. Look no further than the potholes, soggy lawns and tattered rubber boots for proof.


Weathercatch: A perfect storm for flooding conditions, landslides

Not only did a balmy Thursday offer relief to sun-deprived humans, but also to our bloated rivers, streams and ponds.


Weathercatch: Looking back at February, the groundhog and potholes

How fitting that when the groundhog saw its shadow on Feb. 2, signaling six more weeks of winter, it would turn out to be February’s coldest day in the Spokane …


Weathercatch: Nature’s handiwork amid a hard winter

Yes, it’s been a harsh winter in the Inland Northwest. But it has also been a beautiful one.


Weathercatch: What’s behind the wacko winter weather – and what’s next

So far this winter has been extra cold, with extra snow, an ice storm, a thaw, rain, and generally a mess. A combination of powerful climatic forces has helped create …


Inland Northwest in the thick of peak fog season

Fog. The Inland Northwest is in the thick of it this time of year. November through January is peak season for this atmospheric marvel and 2016 is no exception.


Weathercatch: Thankful for our weather – here’s why

Bad weather is hitting parts of the country as millions of people are driving or flying during the Thanksgiving holiday. Here in the Inland Northwest, we’re sitting pretty. Sure, we’ve …


Weathercatch: ‘Unsettled’ weather – blah but not bad

Though “unsettled” seems an ambiguous term, it has long been used to describe certain weather conditions. In the meteorological world, its meaning is fairly specific and not as ominous as …


Weathercatch: The calendar’s most fickle month – October

Remember the first two days of October? Brilliantly sunny and warm, with fiery-colored leaves on trees. Suddenly, a switch got flipped, bringing episodes of rain and a chilly wind that …


Weathercatch: Saucer-like clouds can hover over summits for hours

Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis, meaning lentil-shaped in Latin) mostly develop among the crests and valleys of mountainous terrain. They are associated with waves in the atmosphere that form when moist …


Weathercatch: Washington’s cooler nights boost flavor of wines

A little-known secret of many great-tasting wines made in Washington state is literally the difference between night and day.


Weathercatch: Compared to ‘corn sweat,’ wheat is small stuff

“Corn sweat” made big news in late July as the Midwest baked and wilted in heat and humidity. Television reporters standing waist-deep among cornstalks explained how millions of crop acres …


Weathercatch: Pacific Northwest no Tornado Alley, but twisters do occur

The Pacific Northwest’s geography makes tornadoes rare in this part of the country.


Weathercatch: January’s gray comes with silver lining

If you’ve been sloshing through a case of the winter blah’s, you’re not alone. Drizzle, snow, freezing rain, fog – only a duck would love the kind of January we’re …


Weathercatch: Spokane’s variable weather all about location

If you live in the Inland Northwest, you know about its zigzaggy climate: One week we’re dressed in shorts, the next in coats; one day we’re opening umbrellas, the next …