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Expect more Atlantic tropical storms than past 3 years, NOAA says

U.S. government forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years. But they also say climate conditions that influence storm development are making it difficult to predict …

Washington preparing as wildfire season starts early

Washington’s wildfire season got off to an abrupt and early start this month when two separate blazes tore through dry, steep forest, fueling worries about what lies ahead.

Cyclone kills 11 in Bangladesh, forces thousands from homes

A cyclone unleashed heavy rain and strong winds on Bangladesh’s southern coastal region on Saturday, killing at least 11 people and forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes.

Carbon dioxide levels jump by record amount due to El Nino

Measurements show the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped by the biggest amount on record last month, a rise amplified by El Nino, scientists say.

Drought concerns persist in parts of Montana

A wet and cooler spring has eased drought concerns over parts of western Montana, but severe drought conditions remain along the Rocky Mountain Front after two straight winters of lower …

52 climate activists arrested in Washington railroad protest

SEATTLE – Authorities cleared the railroad tracks of protesters and arrested 52 climate activists Sunday morning in Washington state, after a two-day shutdown. About 150 people spent the night in …

Storm threat shifts after day of hail, wind in central U.S.

Springtime storms developed in parts of the Midwest and South on Wednesday, with forecasters warning that hail and high winds would be a bigger concern than tornadoes.

Storms bring hail, strong winds, small tornadoes to Plains

Forecasters are warning that severe storms could bring “significant” tornadoes and grapefruit-sized hail to the Great Plains on Tuesday, while severe thunderstorms and strong wind gusts are predicted for Mid-Atlantic …

171 states signing landmark Paris deal on climate change

Leaders from 171 countries began signing the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule.

New study says global warming may be worse than experts think

Most computer simulations of climate change are underestimating by at least one degree how warm the world will get this century, a new study suggests.

Global warming making U.S. sick, report says

The federal government says man-made global warming is making America sicker and it’s only going to get worse.

Average snowpack could prolong California water conservation

A nearly average spring snowpack in the Sierra Nevada will likely prolong tough water conservation measures in drought-stricken California – although the restrictions could be loosened in some areas after …

Deep South bracing for heavy rain, severe storms

Strong storms could spawn some tornadoes as they dump heavy rain on several states across the South through Friday, forecasters predict.

Improved California spring snowpack won’t end drought

California drought surveyors will trudge through deep snow Wednesday to manually measure what could be close to a normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year, a key indicator …

Whole Foods to install rooftop solar at 100 stores

Whole Foods Market Inc. is embracing solar power. The Austin, Texas-based grocery chain has signed agreements with SolarCity and NRG Energy Inc. to install rooftop solar units at up to …

Global warming doubts spur push to block science standards

Doubt over man’s contribution to global warming, particularly through burning coal for power, is fueling a push by West Virginia lawmakers to block new science standards in schools.

Seattle breaks winter rain record set in 1999

The National Weather Service says Seattle has broken a record for winter rainfall.

Snoqualmie Pass had 72 closures in nine weeks

Collisions, heavy snowfall and the related threat of avalanches have delayed traffic on the state’s busiest mountain pass far more frequently this winter than in recent years.

Small nuclear reactors could be coming to eastern Idaho

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday an agreement with an energy cooperative that could lead to the building of small commercial nuclear reactors at an eastern Idaho federal nuclear …

17 governors announce clean energy, transportation agreement

Governors from 17 states are committing to work together to seek cleaner energy and transportation, and to build a better electrical grid.

Mid-winter snowpack is near normal for the region, surveys indicate

The region’s mid-winter snow pack is near normal. If the snowpack continues to grow through April 1, the Northwest will return to normal water conditions this summer.

Blizzard fourth worst among NE snowstorms

Last weekend’s blizzard was the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in at least 66 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.

Avalanche danger in Cascades is high through this weekend

A forecast for rain and snow at higher elevations in the Cascade Mountains could also cause dangerous avalanche conditions for travelers and recreationists.

2015 was hottest year on record, NOAA and NASA report

For the past 12 months the average surface temperature across the globe was 58.47 Fahrenheit, a 0.23-degree increase from 2014’s record-breaking average temperature of 58.24, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Ski areas move past poor season, cheer forecasts

Ski area managers aren’t dwelling on last year, and they don’t want customers to worry about a repeat performance this winter.

Scientists track rain, snow in soggy Washington

Using everything from a customized DC-8 jetliner to ground radars to 4-inch rain gauges, scientists are fanning out across one of the soggiest places in the United States this month …

El Nino has wide-ranging global economic impact

WASHINGTON – In California, they’re counting on it to end a historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic …

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokesman-Review’s editorial page said the Jesuits chose Mount St. Michael, just north of Hillyard, as the site of its under-construction seminary for a …

Low snowpack presents picture, problems for Spokane area

Climate scientists are eager to study our unusual winter. By 2050, it could be the Northwest’s new normal. Average amounts of moisture fell over most of Washington, Idaho and Oregon …

By 2050, warm winter could be normal for Northwest

Climate scientists are eager to study our unusual winter. By 2050, it could be the Northwest’s new normal.