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Weathercatch: Surprise ‘thundersnow’ rumbles across the Palouse

Weathercatch Photo LogoBy Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

A rare weather phenomenon flashed and boomed over parts of the Palouse last Thursday night. Lightning and thunderclaps accompanied tumbling snowflakes in what meteorologists call a thundersnow. » More …

Weathercatch: Troughs — dashed lines on weather maps and so much more 

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

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A blast of cool, wet weather engulfed the region during the first few days of October. Not only did it dig in over the Inland Northwest, but most of the western United States. » More …

Weathercatch: State’s biggest wildfire human caused, weather spread

Weathercatch Photo LogoBy Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – A human is to blame for starting Washington state’s largest wildfire, burning since July 23. » More …

Weathercatch: What punched holes in our clouds?

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

Weathercatch Photo LogoThe cloudscape threw us a curveball on June 20 when donut-shaped clouds wafted over the Inland Northwest.  The unusual display prompted citizen observers to snap photographs and the Spokane office of the National Weather Service to post an explanation with satellite images on social media. » More …

Weathercatch: Weather drives intense wallop of tree pollen levels

Weathercatch Photo LogoBy Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

We see it and feel it — pollen madness. Trees have been exploding with tiny particles that coat our cars and make our eyes scratchy and our noses run. » More …