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March 17: Effects of extreme climate on grapes, wine

By Kaury Balcom, Viticulture & Enology

RICHLAND, Wash. – Wine and grape industry members and students are invited to a research symposium, “Climate Extremes: Is the Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Ready?” 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, in the East Auditorium at Washington State University Tri-Cities. » More …

Unseasonable greetings for Washington state’s vineyards

Wine grapes in the major viticulture region of eastern Washington withstood the recent slug of arctic air.

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PROSSER, Wash. – Washington’s wine industry let out a collective sigh of relief this week as a stiff shot of cold weather gave way to much milder temperatures – just in time for the winter solstice. » More …

Weird wintry mix – the day it graupeled outside

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

SPOKANE, Wash. – We in the Inland Northwest have been waist-deep in heavy snowfall predictions, but when was the last time you heard a forecast calling for a graupel storm? » More …

’Tis the season for beautiful, mysterious, dangerous fog

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

SPOKANE, Wash. – Fog. The Inland Northwest is in the thick of it this time of year. November through January is peak season for this atmospheric marvel, and 2016 is no exception. » More …

‘Unsettled’ weather – blah but not bad

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

weathercatch-photo-logoSPOKANE, Wash. – In January 1935, a New York Times story about aviator Amelia Earhart carried the headline “Unsettled weather on the Coast.” According to the article, Earhart was completing a solo flight from Hawaii when her small plane hit turbulence along the California coast, delaying the much-anticipated landing by an hour or two. » More …

Unruly Halloween weather, present and past

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

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – Last Halloween, whether you ventured outside to attend a party or your little ones trick-or-treated house to house, you may remember superhero capes flapping in the wind and Harry Potter robes pelted by rain. » More …

The calendar’s most fickle month – October

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

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – Remember the first two days of October? Brilliantly sunny and warm with fiery-colored leaves on trees. Suddenly a switch got flipped, bringing episodes of rain and a chilly wind that sent leaves skittering to the ground like an angry spirit. » More …