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Outdoors blog winter archive

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016

Hungarian partridge plump in in bitter-cold December temperatures in Montana. (Jaimie Johnson)

Birds fluff up and take winter cold in stride

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- For being light a fragile, birds are incredible at surviving cold that drives humans indoors. Birds are warm blooded, which means their bodies maintain a constant temperature, often around 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Since they can't just throw a log on the fire,...

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A sub-zero air temperature produces fog around waterfowl huddled on a pond at sunrise.  (Associated Press)

Down was made for weathering winter

WATERFOWL -- Ducks -- you'll find them looking for open water during this cold snap -- are models promoting the effective qualities of down insulation as they hang out comfortably in below-zero conditions. Down is the lightest most compressible and efficient natural insulator for cold-weather...

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MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2016

Oct. 10 at about 4800' elevation, snowman-weather in the Inland Northwest; Mount Spokane in the background. (Ed Cairns)

Snowman arrives at Mount Spokane

SEASONS -- As I reported this morning, the Summit Road to the top of Mount Spokane was closed, at least temporarily, today because of snow that fell last night. Mount Spokane State Park officials said the Summit Road will reopen if the snow melts before...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2, 2011

Yosemite a Slurpee on steroids in winter

NATIONAL PARKS -- This video offers a fascinating glimpse at the flow of frazil ice in the stream below Yosemite Falls. National Park Service rangers say this is just one of many attractions that occur in national parks only during winter before the summer crowds...

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

Two ways to tune in to area's nordic skiing

NORDIC SKIING -- Two great ways to meet up with the area's cross-country skiing community are coming up: Snow Ball Potluck and Moonlight Ski Tour, Jan. 15, starting at 5 p.m. at Selkirk Lodge on Mount Spokane. Bring potluck item and headlamp for the skiing,...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2011

A whitetail doe browses on a cold morning near the Sunset Hill in west Spokane on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2010. (Todd Klement)

Cold days prime for wildlife viewing

WILDLFIE WATCHING -- Todd Klement, who lives in Spokane west of Highway 195, bought himself a pair of snowshoes for Christmas, and this morning was prime time to try them out in 9 inches of fresh powder and 0 degree temperatures. He didn't have to...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 28, 2010

Nordic skate skiing primer

Former Spokane residents Torsten Kjellstrand and his son, Bjorn, reach to their Swedish roots to demonstrate a few basic skate-skiing techniques to try on the groomed cross-country ski trails.

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