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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


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 7:48 p.m.

Elevated wildfire conditions in Spokane County Thursday prompt Red Flag Warning

A dry and windy weather forecast for Thursday has led the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning for about 16 counties in Eastern Washington, including part of …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

Wildfire danger in July down to normal levels

The threat of wildfire declined in July with cloudy, wet weather, but that could all change in August, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

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 …


Weakened Barry unleashes a final blast of torrential rains

Though Tropical Depression Barry failed to unleash catastrophic flooding in New Orleans, it still swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches of rain and transformed part of the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 4:02 p.m.

As Barry approaches, New Orleans residents debate evacuation

It is a question people in and around New Orleans ask themselves every time a threatening storm lurks in the Gulf: a major hurricane like Katrina, which devastated the area …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

’It’s powerful’: Tropical storm starts lashing Louisiana

People are stocking up on food and water, filling sandbags and preparing to hunker down as Tropical Storm Barry bears down on New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana and …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Alaskans put away jackets, get out sunscreen amid heatwave

Alaska’s largest city and two other state locations reached record high temperatures on Independence Day


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 8:18 p.m.

Hot weather in Greek capital shuts down Acropolis

Greece’s most famous archaeological site, the Acropolis in Athens, has shut down to visitors for four hours because of hot weather in the capital.


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 3:35 p.m.

80-degree high and cloudy skies on Fourth of July

We’ll have an 80-degree high and a cloudy sky on the Fourth of July.


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: Mon., July 1, 2019, 12:10 a.m.

Heat wave brings Germany new June high for 2nd time in days

Germany has registered a new temperature high for June, beating the previous record set just days ago.


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 8:10 p.m.

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.


Heat wave puts Italy, France on highest ‘red’ weather alert

France’s national weather service issued its highest-level danger alert Thursday as it warned that parts of the country could expect temperatures to reach an “exceptional peak” Friday amid a record-setting …