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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

A gusty Northeast cleans up after storm for the record books

A record-breaking autumn storm plunged hundreds of thousands of people into the dark, toppled trees, canceled schools and delayed trains in the Northeast, while persistent winds Thursday hampered efforts to …


Cold temperatures worry some apple growers half finished with near-record crop

The surprise snowstorm that hit the region Wednesday may be just the beginning of a worrisome stretch for what was shaping up to be the second-largest apple harvest in Washington …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 2:54 p.m.

Surprise October snow in Spokane knocks out power, blocks streets, closes schools

A record snowstorm early Wednesday snapped trees across Spokane, blocking streets and cutting power to thousands of homes.


Soaring eagle films crumbling Alpine glaciers as Earth warms

The images will be stunningly beautiful yet also hint of dire future consequences. Filmed with a camera mounted between his majestic wings, they’ll show how a white-tailed eagle named Victor …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

Wintry blast closes schools, plunges temperatures in Rockies

Some schools in Montana took their earliest snow day in memory Monday after a blizzard dumped several feet of snow, while plunging temperatures threatened crops across other parts of the …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 11:24 a.m.

Wintry weather knocks out power for 2,000 homes, drops record snow Saturday night

The National Weather Service recorded 1.9 inches of snow at the Spokane International Airport on Saturday, setting new daily and monthly records. It was the first measurable September snowfall in …


Storm could bring record snow to areas of Rocky Mountains

Meteorologists say a storm forecast to last three days across the northern Rocky Mountains may dump a record amount of snow in some areas


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 10:38 p.m.

Homeless shelter, city gear up for cold, wind, possibly snow to sweep through Spokane

As Spokane prepares for what forecaster predict will be an unusually cold and snowy weekend, the Union Gospel Mission homeless shelter has suspended its drug and alcohol policies to allow …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 5:44 p.m.

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 …


Hurricane Dorian likely whipped up a 100-foot rogue wave near Newfoundland

While Dorian was pulling away from the United States Saturday night, parts of the Canadian Maratimes were getting battered with 100 mph wind gusts. But Dorian’s most terrifying feat in …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 10:08 a.m.

Cooler temperatures, more precipitation key to fewer large wildfires, less smoke

Fewer smoke-filled days this summer showed that 2017 and 2018 may not be the new weather norm for the Inland Northwest.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019, 8:45 p.m.

Dorian triggers massive flooding in Bahamas; at least 5 dead

Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 4:50 p.m.

Montana hailstorm slaughters 11,000 birds

Thousands of birds were killed on Aug. 11 when a destructive hailstorm lashed regions northwest of Billings. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, the supercell thunderstorm “killed and maimed …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 11, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Rain slows spread of Stevens County wildfires, also triggers flooding

Thunderstorms dropped heavy rain on two wildfires in Colville on Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, slowing the blazes, along with fire personnel, in their tracks.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 10, 2019, 4:45 p.m.

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 …


Climate change could lead to food shortages, U.N. report says

With more extreme weather, stable food production will increasingly be imperiled, threatening the poorest populations first, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report Thursday. In addition, the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 10:01 p.m.

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.


Yellowstone confirms fire tower was destroyed by lightning

Yellowstone National Park officials have confirmed that a lightning strike sparked a fire that destroyed a historic lookout tower during a severe thunderstorm.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 4, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Forecast is hot and hazy early this week as crews battle large wildfire on Colville Reservation

Spokane got its first whiff of the 2019 wildfire season Saturday night, and wind could continue to bring widespread haze south from a wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation in …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 11:03 a.m.

Weather service warns of potential for wildfires to sprout heading into the weekend

A Red Flag Warning will be in affect until about 8 p.m. Friday evening, the NWS tweeted. Strong winds are expected throughout the afternoon, with gusts up to 30 mph.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Slow start to wildfire season may foretell late end

“In the past, when we have had similar slow starts to the season, we have seen the fire season extend further into September,” Spokane Fire Department Chief Brian Schaeffer said.


Fire Weather Watch issued for Spokane County due to possible lightning overnight Thursday, winds Friday afternoon

The National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Watch notice in Spokane County for Thursday evening through Friday morning due to possible abundant lightning, high winds and dry fuels.


That’s not a storm over Las Vegas; it’s a grasshopper invasion

Grasshoppers are storming Las Vegas – and showing up like a rainstorm on weather radar.


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 8:12 p.m.

Hazardous fire conditions arrive Saturday with winds, dry air, National Weather Service warns

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for Saturday afternoon and evening, with low humidity and winds gusting to 35 mph in the forecast. Winds are expected …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

Lightning in the lens: tips and tricks for photographing thunderbolts

The summer storm that struck the Spokane area Tuesday evening did more than just start fires and spark power outages. It also provided area photographers with a brilliant, powerful and …


New heat wave in Europe starts to breaks records

Europeans cooled off in public fountains Wednesday as a new heat wave spread across parts of the continent and is already breaking records.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 8:52 p.m.

Rhine risks a repeat of historic shutdown

The bustling boat traffic on Europe’s Rhine river ground to a halt for the first time in living memory last year, as shrinking alpine glaciers and severe drought made the …


Wildfire risk causes Red Flag Warning in Spokane; burn ban in effect today

The city of Spokane may experience lightning strikes and gusty winds from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, causing elevated wildfire conditions and a Red Flag warning, issued by …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Fire weather watch issued for Tuesday; Regional outdoor burning restrictions start Wednesday

Starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, a fire weather watch is in effect until 5 a.m. Wednesday. Cities and unincorporated areas in Spokane County will have outdoor burning restrictions in place …


Heat wave forecast prompts Chicago public housing checks

Public housing officials in Chicago are planning wellbeing checks on residents as the heat and humidity are expected to mount to dangerous levels