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Saturday, October 24, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Washington’s economic picture improves, budget shortfall shrinks

OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy has recovered some of the jobs, retail sales and tax revenue that plunged after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, improving its budget outlook for the next three years, but that still leaves the state “well below where we were in February,” the state’s economist said Wednesday.

Forecasters predict busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

With forecasters predicting another intense Atlantic hurricane season with as many as 13 to 19 named storms, disaster preparedness experts say it’s critically important for people in evacuation zones to plan to stay with friends or family, rather than end up in shelters during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.K. economy forecast to shrink by most since 1706

The Bank of England warned Thursday that the British economy could suffer its deepest annual contraction since the Spanish War of Succession a little over three centuries ago as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, before roaring back next year.

NOAA chief thanks Alabama weather office in Dorian forecast

The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration both defended the administration on Tuesday and thanked a local weather office that contradicted President Donald Trump’s claims about Hurricane Dorian threatening Alabama.

Flash Flood Watch issued for area; thunderstorms expected in Spokane

Heavy rain is coming to Spokane and the Inland Northwest Saturday and Sunday, bringing the chance of flash floods and lightning that could start wildfires despite the rain. Slow moving thunderstorms will have the potential to produce very heavy rain late this afternoon and into the evening hours over Northern Washington and portions of North Idaho. If heavy rain occurs over a recent burn scar or other steep terrain, life threatening flash flooding may result.

More hurricanes possible as NOAA updates forecast

Hurricane season may produce more dangerous storms this year than originally predicted, federal forecasters said Thursday, as conditions become more favorable going into the peak of the season.

Brief showers on Tuesday will fade in afternoon

Showers swept through Spokane Tuesday, bringing a little more than 0.29 of an inch of rain at the Spokane International Airport. July is a dry month in Spokane and that amount is somewhat unusual, said Tom Dang, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Spokane. The record rainfall for July 16 was set in 1978 with 0.41 of an inch.

Deep freeze expected this week

Wondering how cold it’s going to get this winter? This week might reveal the answer. The National Weather Service is warning of ice and freezing temperatures in the Spokane area, beginning with rain, then snow flurries and icy conditions.