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Why it was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad winter

car buried in snow

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

What did the tree say after a long winter? What a re-leaf …

SPOKANE, Wash. – Never mind that March was among the wettest on record for the Inland Northwest. Our miserable winter is what still stands out. Just talking about it elicits grimaces and head shakes. » More …

Pink snow mold destruction discovered in area wheat fields

Furrows of bleached-looking leaves of winter wheat damaged by pink snow mold in a Prescott, Wash., field.

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Damage caused by snow mold in some eastern Washington wheat fields has surprised a Washington State University plant expert who has studied the fungus for nearly four decades. » More …

State of emergency flooding – a perfect storm

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – As a warm sun hung over the Inland Northwest one day last week, it felt as though a giant lid had been yanked off the region. After a seemingly constant onslaught of rainy or drizzly days, the sky was blue, the temperature climbed to 60 degrees and we truly had a reason to enjoy being outside. » More …

Potholes and the groundhog – what they share in common

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – How fitting that when the groundhog saw its shadow on Feb. 2, signaling six more weeks of winter, it would turn out to be February’s coldest day in the Spokane area. With a high of 27 degrees and a low of 9, he shivered in temperatures 14 degrees colder than normal. » More …

Frosty beauty: Where there’s rime, there’s a reason

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – After emerging from one of the coldest Januarys on record, including a so-called “Snowmageddon,” many of us have had it up to our ears with shoveling snow, slipping on icy sidewalks, driving through freezing fog and enduring frigid temperatures. Even our recent warmer weather and rainfalls can’t offset all the nippy days we’ve encountered. » More …

Flash of spring couldn’t undo January’s bitter cold

January 2017 was a monster of a cold month. (Disney photo from “Frozen”)

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU news

SPOKANE, Wash. – Remember the stint of unseasonably warm weather that triggered the Big Melt in mid-January? It wasn’t enough to offset the month’s brutal cold that encased the Inland Northwest. » More …

Researchers tackle impact of climate change on plants

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers are undertaking an industrious investigation into the effects of global warming on plants. Making the effort possible is a fully automated “plant hotel” that can analyze up to 6,000 seedlings in a single experiment. » More …

Worsening freezing fog will create icy threat this weekend

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – The freezing fog that’s been coming and going this week in the eastern half of Washington state is expected to intensify, causing slick roads and decreased visibility throughout the weekend. » More …

More wacko winter weather – and why

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – If you’re feeling weather beaten or weather whiplashed, you are not alone. In a span of a month and a half, the Inland Northwest experienced: » More …