Stories tagged: winter
Wed., March 22, 2017
Vocal Point: Stranger’s offer of jacket a warm gesture
That bit of offered kindness beats reading a book full of life affirmations.
Wed., March 15, 2017
Front Porch: For some, winter is a time of joy
Everywhere I go I hear comments that this is the longest winter ever, that people are just sick of it and that they’ll never spend another winter here if at …
Mon., March 13, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
Staring down the barrel of nor’easter, region preps for snow
Sandwiched between days that felt like spring last week and the official start of spring next week, a “life-threatening” nor’easter is poised to bring a reminder that winter isn’t over …
Wed., March 8, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Gardening: If your green thumb is getting itchy, tend to your houseplants
So we are going to have to look inside for our green fix for a while longer and play with the next best thing; our houseplants. As the daylight lengthens, …
Wed., March 8, 2017, 4:09 p.m.
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 …
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:07 p.m.
Storm clobbers Cascades, prompts snow advisory in Spokane region
Late winter conditions continued across the region on Tuesday
Tue., March 7, 2017, 11:58 a.m.
After hard winter, Oregon snowpack rebounds
The average statewide snowpack for Oregon is well above normal for March after a harsh winter that featured heavy snow across much of the state. However, hydrologists warn that an …
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 10:24 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers back $52 million in emergency funds to fix roads from harsh winter
Idaho lawmakers approved $52 million in emergency road funding on Wednesday, sweeping virtually the entire state budget surplus that’s been developing during the current year into emergency repairs.
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 1:10 p.m.
Icy winter pushes WSDOT’s road salt budget into the red
Washington state Department of Transportation officials are asking lawmakers to put an extra $5 million into the department’s current snow-and-ice removal budget to cover costs incurred this winter.
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017
Doug Clark: Spokane deserves more credit for depressing winters
The financial website Smartasset, which sounds totally made up even if it’s not, last week ranked Spokane as having the nation’s fourth most depressing winters. Fourth place? How embarrassing. Coming …
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 5:16 p.m.
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.
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 9:09 a.m.
Series of storms dump 3 feet or more on parts of New England
A winter storm unleashed more than a foot of wet, heavy snow on parts of Maine and New Hampshire, creating a messy commute, closing schools and leaving more than 10,000 …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 2:01 p.m.
Avalanche warnings, ice snarl Montana roads, rails
Montana residents kept struggling Friday with the changing weather and poor road conditions while avalanche warnings remained in effect for backcountry areas in the western part of the state, with …
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Bees struggle to survive Oregon’s brutal winter
Seven hives’ worth of honey bees at Oak Hill School in Eugene died this winter. When the group of 16 second-grade students who tend to the normally buzzing insects found …
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 4:27 a.m.
Yakima has plowed through its budget for snow removal
The city of Yakima has spent a whopping $300,000 this year on snow removal – that’s tens of thousands of dollars more than what was budgeted.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 11:15 a.m.
Big Idaho snowpack has water managers pleased and worried
Idaho has so much snow that water is already being released from some reservoirs for flood control and Idaho Power has halted most of its cloud-seeding operations. Water managers and …
Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Matt Liere: Groundhog’s gloomy projection only delays inevitable household projects
The bright glimmer of hope I had last week of spring’s early arrival was short-lived, shattered the moment that rodent from Pennsylvania displayed his toothy grin. Six more weeks of …
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 5:44 a.m.
Doug Clark: I’m done with the winter of 2017. How about you?
Doug Clark asks, “How Freaking Fed Up with the Winter of 2017 Are You?”
Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 9:02 p.m.
Upstate New York digging out of 5 to 8 feet of lake-effect snow
State crews and local public works employees are working to remove 5 to 8 feet of lake-effect snow that has fallen on parts of upstate New York since last week.
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 8:09 a.m.
Storm watch issued for Portland area for ice, high winds
The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a winter storm watch for the Portland area for Thursday evening into Friday.
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 4:07 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 8:46 a.m.
Snow forces roof collapses at Treasure Valley onion plants
Severe weather and snow buildup has caused the roofs of about 18 onion storage and packing facilities to collapse in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon.
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
U.S. midsection grapples with pesky ice storm; more on way
Parts of the central U.S. grappled Saturday with a second day of road-glazing ice and braced for more of the treacherous, below-freezing wintry weather expected to close out the holiday …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 8:09 a.m.
Cold temperatures lock in ice; Portland schools closed for 3rd day
Bone-chilling temperatures greeted Portland commuters and a derailment near the Rose Quarter caused delays for those who travel by light rail. The temperature dropped into the teens in Portland overnight …
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 10:01 a.m.
Heavy snow loads threaten floating northern Idaho homes
Floating homes along Lake Pend Oreille are tilting and sinking as a result of heavy snow loads on roofs.
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 9:10 a.m.
Idaho’s mountain snowpack, water supply off to good start
A new federal report shows snowpack levels and water supply projections are above average in the mountains of eastern Idaho and across much of the state.
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017
Weathercatch: Frigid temperatures and snow drifts is very Midwest-like
If there’s one thing this winter has demonstrated, it’s that the weather can still turn very cold and snowy in our region.
Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, 4:58 p.m.
Snow pounds parts of East Coast, spares several big cities
Snow and sleet pounded a large swath of the U.S. East Coast on Saturday, coating roads with ice and causing hundreds of crashes. Thousands of people lost power and forecasters …
Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 7:44 p.m.
Woman dies skiing out-of-bounds at Crystal Mountain
The ski patrol at Crystal Mountain says it found a woman’s body after she was killed in an avalanche while back-country skiing outside the resort.
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 8:02 a.m.
Early 2017 snowstorm pounds southern, central Oregon
An early 2017 storm dumped snow in southern and central Oregon, and more is expected.