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Lack of rain blamed for inconsistent waterfowl hunting in southwest Washington

The word that best describes the waterfowl hunting this year is inconsistent.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Avista says power restored to 97% of customers affected by snowstorm

City crews and South Hill residents continued clearing fallen trees and tree limbs from yards, streets, sidewalks and parks on Friday.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Sunday rain set daily precipitation record in Spokane

Weekend storms brought much-needed rain to the Inland Northwest over the week.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 10, 2019

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019

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 …


Millions of gallons of untreated runoff entered the Spokane River after major May rainstorm, report says

Twenty minutes of intense rain inundated the city’s subterranean stormwater retention system, sending millions of gallons of untreated stormwater runoff and sewage to flow directly into the Spokane River.


Heavy rainfall ends prolonged drought in Southern Plains

The heavy rains that caused severe flooding in the central U.S. this spring also had the positive effect of lifting the Southern Plains out of a prolonged drought.


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019

Warm weather, clear skies forecast for Hoopfest weekend, National Weather Service says

There’s a slim chance of storms Friday for travelers heading into Spokane via I-90, but the National Weather Service predicts clear skies by game time for Hoopest on Saturday.


Storm-detection radar shutting down for upgrade

Spokane’s National Weather Service office will rely on satellite and lightning detection to forecast rain and thunderstorms while its radar is out of service from June 24 to July 5.


Beatles tribute band Rain to celebrate 50 years of ‘Abbey Road’

The band will perform the biggest hits from “Abbey Road,” plus early Beatles favorites during the show.


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019

Rain keeps falling Friday as city tries to clean up after downpour

Rain continued falling Friday as Spokane tried to dry out from storms that flooded downtown businesses and damaged streets during Thursday’s evening commute. A National Weather Service meteorologist said reports …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Storm soaks Spokane; more rainfall barreling in across West Plains

A fast-moving storm hit Spokane Thursday afternoon, bringing with it thunder, lightning and a heavy downpour and flooding across the city.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Thunderstorms drench Spokane and flood roads and businesses

A flood watch was in effect across Eastern Washington and North Idaho as heavy rain and thunderstorms began Thursday afternoon.


Weather Service says more rain coming to Palouse this week

City officials in Pullman say they usually have 12 to 24 hours to prepare for potential flooding.


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019

Flash flooding damages homes, cars and businesses in Pullman, Moscow

Heavy rain caused flash flooding Tuesday night in Pullman and Moscow, sweeping up cars, damaging buildings and trapping about two dozen people inside businesses.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019

Up to an inch of snow could fall overnight

Predicted overnight snow will likely lead to an icy and perhaps snowy Thursday morning commute, a reminder that winter isn’t over.


Floods isolate 2 California towns, storm dumps snow in West

Two communities in Northern California’s wine country were accessible only by boat Wednesday after a rain-swollen river overflowed its banks following a relentless downpour across an already waterlogged region.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Up to 4 inches of snow expected in Spokane by Wednesday evening; even more in Pullman, Coeur d’Alene

The National Weather Service said Spokane will get 3 to 4 inches of snow between 10 a.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. Wednesday, while Coeur d’Alene will get 4 to 6 …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Longtime chef, bartender take over ownership at downtown’s Scratch and Rain

Two employees and one of their spouses have purchased the restaurant and bar and are planning to largely keep things the same while they get comfortable in their new roles. …


Holiday travel numbers expected to hit a record high; snow possible in low-lying areas of Eastern Washington

The trade group AAA estimates a 4.4 percent increase in holiday travel nationwide this year compared to 2017, and weather conditions are expected to be wet and potentially snowy in …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Heavy rain causes flooding, leaves drivers stranded in water

A strong thunderstorm dumped copious amounts of rain in the South Sound, leading to some urban flooding in Tacoma, Washington.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018

Rain hinders search but helps nearly put out California fire

Rain is helping to extinguish a deadly wildfire in Northern California’s Gold Rush country, but the moisture is also turning ash into thick paste and hindering the hunt for telltale …


National Weather Service predicts cooldown in Spokane

An unseasonably warm weekend in Spokane is expected to give way to cooler temperatures throughout this week, with a slight chance of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday and some snow …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018

Rain runoff leads to fatalities, dam danger in Arizona

The impact of remnants from Tropical Storm Rosa was still rippling across Arizona Thursday as a collision on a washed out highway near the Grand Canyon left one person dead …


Three people missing after storm pounds Greece with heavy rain

Greek authorities are looking for three missing people on a Greek island after a rare and powerful Mediterranean storm dumped heavy rain on the region.


Ask Dr. Universe: Can the sound of rain help us sleep?

All around the world, people fall asleep to different sounds. Maybe you hear a snoring dog, whooshing waves, noisy traffic, chirping crickets, a soft lullaby, or raindrops.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018

Flood victims get food and water; rain spreads to Northeast

Stranded by Florence’s epic floods days after the hurricane hit North Carolina, Wilmington residents lined up by the hundreds Tuesday for free food, water and tarps, while officials managed to …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 16, 2018

Flooding fears surge as rivers rise; Wilmington cut off

Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018

‘Threat becomes a reality’: Florence begins days of rain, wind

Hurricane Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 105 …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018

Rain clears smoke … for now

About a quarter inch of rain fell over much of Eastern Washington and North Idaho Sunday and Monday morning, clearing out smoke and dampening the thirsty landscape.