WSU News https://news.wsu.edu   Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:05:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 WSU Cougar football season kickoff set for Saturday https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/wsu-cougar-football-season-kickoff-set-for-saturday/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/wsu-cougar-football-season-kickoff-set-for-saturday/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:15:29 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=141189 PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will kick off the Labor Day weekend and open the 2015 football season at home this Saturday (Sept. 4), when the Cougars play host to the Vikings of Portland State University at 11 a.m. in Martin Stadium. At mid-week, more than 5,000 tickets remained available for the opening football game. … Continue reading WSU Cougar football season kickoff set for Saturday

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falkPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will kick off the Labor Day weekend and open the 2015 football season at home this Saturday (Sept. 4), when the Cougars play host to the Vikings of Portland State University at 11 a.m. in Martin Stadium. At mid-week, more than 5,000 tickets remained available for the opening football game. Tickets can be ordered by calling 1-800-GOCOUGS.

Also this weekend, in recognition of both those who have lost so much and those who have given so much in the face of the region’s recent wildfires, WSU Athletics will be making free tickets to this week’s opening game available to firefighters, relief workers and affected families, who can also call 1-800-GOCOUGS to make arrangements to obtain free tickets.

Additionally, WSU will be giving a free end zone ticket to the game to anyone who brings three food items or a case of bottled water to the Cougar ticket office Saturday. Donations will go to Second Harvest of Spokane, Wash., to be sent to local communities affected by fires. Items can include peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned meats like tuna and chicken, hearty soups and stews, whole grain cereals and healthy granola bars and crackers.

The Cougars are also partnering this week with KXLY News (TV and online) in Spokane to provide 200 tickets for people who make cash donations to the Red Cross at the Spokane Federal Credit Union, 601 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane.

Events

As always, the WSU home game weekend will also be marked by a series of special events on the Pullman campus for Cougar fans and friends. And once again, Cougar football won’t be the only WSU team playing on the Palouse, as the Cougar women’s volleyball team will be taking on three quality opponents over the weekend in tournament play in nearby Moscow, Idaho. In games slated for Memorial Gym at the University of Idaho, WSU volleyball will take on UC Irvine Friday at 4:30 p.m. and return on Saturday to play Seattle University at 10 a.m. and tournament host Idaho at 7 p.m.

WSU women’s tennis team is also hosting its annual Play With a Cougar event, Friday evening at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. Tennis begins at 4 p.m. Fans are invited to join the team for an evening of fun activities, tennis competition and one-on-one tennis instruction. A raffle and silent auction will take place during dinner, which is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Various WSU memorabilia including basketball and football tickets, signed memorabilia, tennis camp certificates and many more Cougar items will be available in the silent auction. Attendees will receive a Cougar Tennis t-shirt. Tickets are $20 for the tennis and dinner or $20 for the dinner and social.

Other Friday events include the Feast of the Arts, a popular sellout dinner series beginning with a reception at the Museum of Art/WSU and a gourmet meal prepared by WSU’s School of Hospitality Business. This year’s featured wineries, and Wine-By-Cougars partners, are Barnard Griffin, L’Ecole No. 41, Maryhill Winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, and Mercer Wine Estates. The menu for this Feast will feature a rosé, several red and white varietals, and a main course of lamb. For more details, a full menu, and registration, go to http://www.alumni.wsu.edu/feast. Cost is $115 for WSUAA members and $135 for non-members.

Fans arriving between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday may want to begin the festivities at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center with a wine tasting event showcasing the WSU Viticulture and Enology label, Blended Learning, featuring a 2013 Methode Champenoise Brut and 2013 Methode Champenoise Brut Rose, presented by WSU Director of Viticulture & Enology, Thomas Henick-Kling. A $5 tasting ticket includes tastes of all wines being featured that day and a commemorative wine glass (while supplies last). Tickets are available at the door without reservations.

As always on home game weekends, Saturday’s events will include Kickoff at the CUB, featuring food and family-friendly entertainment in a festive atmosphere in the CUB senior ballroom beginning at 8 a.m. Attendees can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Palouse from the ballroom balcony, watch football games from around the country, enjoy Butch and the Cougar marching band and participate in numerous giveaways and activities.

Also on Saturday, the general area of Rogers Field to the west of Martin Stadium will be the site of a number of activities, including Cougar Mania, the corporate tent area; Cougville, a children’s play area complete with activities and inflatables; and the Cougar Den. Food and refreshments are available in all three locations.

For a complete list of activities, see https://footballweekends.wsu.edu/events/category/labor-day/.

Parking

General parking for home football games is available on campus in designated parking areas. General parking permits can be purchased online prior to game day for $15 or at the entrances to the lots on game day for $20. General parking lots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Game Day parking information and a link to a campus general parking map are available online at http://www.parking.wsu.edu/Gameday2.html. For additional information regarding general parking, call WSU Transportation Services, 509-335-PARK (7275).

For the convenience of those who might wish to park off-campus, WSU has teamed up with Pullman Transit to establish Park and Ride locations where fans can park vehicles for free and catch a Cougar-themed Pullman Transit bus for the ride to Martin Stadium. Buses are scheduled to arrive and depart from each location at approximately 15-minute intervals. The Park and Ride lots will be opened three hours prior to each home game. A map of Park and Ride locations is available at http://www.parking.wsu.edu/GamedayTransit.html.

Overnight RV parking permits for this weekend’s game have been sold out. Additional RV parking information is available online at http://www.parking.wsu.edu/RVParkingRegions.html.

Fans should also note that Stadium Way will be closed from three hours before kickoff until 1½ hours after the end of the game. Find helpful Gameday Traffic and Travel information at http://www.parking.wsu.edu/GamedayTraffic.html.

For a complete list of athletic related information: www.wsucougars.com/gameday/.

Media contact:

Robert Strenge, WSU News, 509-335-3583, rstrenge@wsu.edu

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Sept. 21-26: Humanitas Festival celebrates world arts https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/sept-21-26-humanitas-festival-celebrates-world-arts/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/sept-21-26-humanitas-festival-celebrates-world-arts/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:54:23 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=141184 By Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts PULLMAN, Wash.-The third annual Humanitas Festival at Washington State University, featuring a weeklong celebration of world music, dance, art, wine tasting and performance, will take place Sept. 21-26. * Headlining will be a concert by seven-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley (http://ziggymarley.com), starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, … Continue reading Sept. 21-26: Humanitas Festival celebrates world arts

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By Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts

Humanitas-webPULLMAN, Wash.-The third annual Humanitas Festival at Washington State University, featuring a weeklong celebration of world music, dance, art, wine tasting and performance, will take place Sept. 21-26.

* Headlining will be a concert by seven-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley (http://ziggymarley.com), starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Beasley Coliseum.

Tickets are $56.50, with a $5 discount for WSU staff and faculty, and $22 for WSU and UI students with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased via TicketsWest outlets – http://TicketsWest.com and 800-325-SEAT – as well as the coliseum box office, open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

* Also performing will be American singer-songwriter Martin Sexton (http://martinsexton.com), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Jones Theater. Tickets, available through http://TicketsWest.com, are $25 general admission and $20 for WSU students, faculty and staff.

* Architects-of-Air’s (http://architects-of-air.com) luminarium, “Pentalum,” will offer an extraordinary visual/sensory experience Sept. 24-27 at WSU’s Grimes Way playfield. Admission is $5.

Free events include:
• DahkaBrakha, a Ukrainian folk-punk band, in concert. See http://www.dakhabrakha.com.ua/eng/BAND.
• Indigenous Voices: Supaman + Nataanii Means + Yaz + Witko
• Guy Mendilow Ensemble (http://guymendilow.com), a multinational group, performing “Tales from a Forgotten Kingdom.”
• Kenny Endo (http://kennyendo.com), legendary taiko (Japanese drums) percussionist.
• Pullman Civic Theatre’s live radio play production of “Superman: Batman’s Great Mystery.”
• WSU International Student Council’s party at Reaney Park, featuring wine and food tastings and live music.
• Art and wine tasting at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center.
• And much more.

For a detailed festival schedule see http://performingarts.wsu.edu/humanitas.

 

Contact:
Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts, 509-335-8522, gsiegel@wsu.edu

 

 

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Statewide fall courses cultivate farmer success https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/statewide-fall-courses-cultivate-farmer-success/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/statewide-fall-courses-cultivate-farmer-success/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:38:18 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=141178 PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University Extension’s Cultivating Success courses are designed to make starting and maintaining a farm business easier. The courses are offered regularly in counties across the state and can be taken in any order. Registration is open for fall courses. Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching features farmer speakers from a variety … Continue reading Statewide fall courses cultivate farmer success

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LettucePULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University Extension’s Cultivating Success courses are designed to make starting and maintaining a farm business easier. The courses are offered regularly in counties across the state and can be taken in any order. Registration is open for fall courses.

Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching features farmer speakers from a variety of agricultural operations, and students create a whole farm plan. In Agriculture Entrepreneurship and Business Planning, participants hear from lawyers, accountants, bankers and others and complete a business plan.

A new course, Advancing Your Farm Plan – Managing Risk, will be offered in Snohomish and Spokane counties. Designed to help those who have already taken the two core courses or who have an established business, marketing or whole farm plan, the course will help students take their plans to the next level. Visit http://ext100.wsu.edu/snohomish/advancing-your-farm-plan/ for more information.

Courses generally occur one evening per week for 8-12 weeks. Tuition range is $150-$275. Limited scholarships are available, and courses can be taken for continuing education units.

Locations that offer classes starting in September or later are:
–          Jefferson and Clallam counties – contact Kellie Henwood at kellie.henwood@wsu.edu
–          Kitsap County – contact Laura Ryser at laura.ryser@wsu.edu
–          Mason County – contact Mary Dimatteo at mary.dimatteo@wsu.edu
–          Pierce County – contact Brian Bodah at bbodah@wsu.edu
–          Skagit County – contact Kate Selting at kate.selting@wsu.edu
–          Snohomish and Spokane counties – contact Kate Halstead at khalstead@.wsu.edu
–          Whatcom County – contact Chris Elder at christopher.elder@wsu.edu

For more information, visit http://cultivatingsuccess.wsu.edu.

 

Contact:
Hannah Cavendish-Palmer, Cultivating Success coordinator, 360-305-6078, hacp@wsu.edu

 

 

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Honor society advisor earns national award https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/honor-society-advisor-earns-national-award/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/honor-society-advisor-earns-national-award/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:17:44 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=141175 PULLMAN, Wash. – Susan C. Hinz, advisor of the Gamma Tau chapter of Mortar Board at Washington State University, recently received the Excellence in Advising with Distinction award from the Mortar Board national honor society for college seniors. She is one of four national winners. The award is presented annually to advisors who demonstrate leadership, … Continue reading Honor society advisor earns national award

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HinzPULLMAN, Wash. – Susan C. Hinz, advisor of the Gamma Tau chapter of Mortar Board at Washington State University, recently received the Excellence in Advising with Distinction award from the Mortar Board national honor society for college seniors. She is one of four national winners.

The award is presented annually to advisors who demonstrate leadership, mentorship and spirit of service.

Hinz has served as WSU Mortar Board advisor for 33 years. She is a former associate director of the WSU News Bureau.

 

 

 

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Sept. 14: Top circadian biology researcher to speak https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/sept-14-top-circadian-biology-researcher-to-speak/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/sept-14-top-circadian-biology-researcher-to-speak/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:00:42 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=141172 By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medical Sciences SPOKANE, Wash. – For 40 years, Northwestern University biology professor Fred Turek has investigated circadian rhythms – internal cycles that tell our bodies when to sleep, eat and work. Interrupted rhythms can lead to chronic fatigue and health problems, such as obesity. Turek will present a free, public … Continue reading Sept. 14: Top circadian biology researcher to speak

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By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medical Sciences

TurekSPOKANE, Wash. – For 40 years, Northwestern University biology professor Fred Turek has investigated circadian rhythms – internal cycles that tell our bodies when to sleep, eat and work. Interrupted rhythms can lead to chronic fatigue and health problems, such as obesity.

Turek will present a free, public talk 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the Phase One Classroom Building auditorium (room 122), Washington State University Spokane, as part of the inaugural WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center retreat.

“Turek’s research endeavors have uncovered important links between sleep, circadian rhythms and energy metabolism,” said Christopher J. Davis, clinical assistant professor and sleep researcher in the WSU College of Medical Sciences. “His translational approaches examine how disrupted circadian rhythms can exacerbate multiple pathologies.”

For the last 20 years, Turek has directed Northwestern’s Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology in Chicago, investigating which genes regulate rhythms and sleep patterns. His award-winning science has been funded by organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Air Force and Army. He has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers and reviews.

Learn more about the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center at http://spokane.wsu.edu/researchoutreach/sleep/.

 

 

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Sept. 9 talk: Wildfires – what can be done? https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/sept-9-talk-wildfires-what-can-be-done/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/sept-9-talk-wildfires-what-can-be-done/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:36:58 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=141167 PULLMAN, Wash. – Wildfires are hardly a new phenomenon in the American West but, by some accounts, they have become worse in the past decade. Matt Carroll, professor and natural resource sociologist at Washington State University, will discuss what 15 years of research in communities threatened by fire has taught us. Hosted by the WSU … Continue reading Sept. 9 talk: Wildfires – what can be done?

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Wildfires are hardly a new phenomenon in the American West but, by some accounts, they have become worse in the past decade.

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Matt Carroll, professor and natural resource sociologist at Washington State University, will discuss what 15 years of research in communities threatened by fire has taught us. Hosted by the WSU Foley Institute, he will speak noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Bryan 308. Pizza will be served.

 

 

 

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Sept. 10, 15: Meetings on proposed change to annual review https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/sept-10-15-meetings-on-proposed-change-to-annual-review/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/sept-10-15-meetings-on-proposed-change-to-annual-review/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:16:53 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=141165 PULLMAN, Wash. – The Faculty Senate and Office of the Provost will sponsor town hall meetings noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, and Tuesday, Sept. 15, in CUE 518, about the proposed revision to faculty annual review. An AMS feed will be provided for the urban campuses, and the meetings will be videostreamed and recorded. The … Continue reading Sept. 10, 15: Meetings on proposed change to annual review

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from-the-provost-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – The Faculty Senate and Office of the Provost will sponsor town hall meetings noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, and Tuesday, Sept. 15, in CUE 518, about the proposed revision to faculty annual review.

An AMS feed will be provided for the urban campuses, and the meetings will be videostreamed and recorded.

The purpose of the meetings is to clarify how annual review would change if the proposal is passed by the Faculty Senate and approved by the Regents. Comments for or against the proposal should be directed to senators who will vote on the proposal.

Read all of this blog from interim co-provosts Erica Austin and Ron Mittelhammer at https://provost.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/faculty-senate-meetings/.

 

 

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Johnson to lead WSU Department of Animal Sciences https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/johnson-to-lead-wsu-department-of-animal-sciences/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/johnson-to-lead-wsu-department-of-animal-sciences/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:48:46 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=141161 PULLMAN, Wash. – Kristen Johnson, professor in the Washington State University Department of Animal Sciences, is serving as interim department chair as Margaret Benson phases into retirement. Johnson has been at WSU for 25 years and is a respected teacher, student advisor and researcher in ruminant nutrition. Benson led the department since 2007 and will … Continue reading Johnson to lead WSU Department of Animal Sciences

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JohnsonPULLMAN, Wash. – Kristen Johnson, professor in the Washington State University Department of Animal Sciences, is serving as interim department chair as Margaret Benson phases into retirement.

Johnson has been at WSU for 25 years and is a respected teacher, student advisor and researcher in ruminant nutrition. Benson led the department since 2007 and will return to the faculty as a professor, primarily working on special projects.

“The undergraduate program, in particular, strengthened as a result of Margaret’s efforts,” said Kim Kidwell, acting dean in the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. “And both the department and CAHNRS leadership are confident that Kris is the right person to lead the department to the next level of success.”

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Johnson at work at WSU.

“Animal sciences has a tradition of quality research, teaching and outreach,” Johnson said. “We will build on what Margaret has done as we continue with the important work of educating our students and doing research on sustainable animal and human health to benefit animals and our industry.”

The department has approximately 400 undergraduate students, 30 graduate students, and faculty members in Pullman and around the state doing research, teaching and extension work.

Johnson’s research focuses on how beef cattle use energy from feed. She also works on environmental issues pertaining to the cattle industry. Projects include measuring trace gas emissions from beef production to evaluate mitigation strategies and developing management alternatives to minimize resource use by livestock.

Johnson earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State in 1987. She has served as director of the WSU Center for Environmental Research Education and Outreach, associate dean of the Graduate School, a member of the National Research Council Committee on Animal Nutrition, an editorial board member for the Journal of Animal Sciences and a reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and many professional journals.

 

Contact:
Kristen Johnson, WSU Department of Animal Science interim chair, 509-335-4131, johnsoka@wsu.edu

 

 

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Free football tickets for fire victims, those who aid them https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/free-football-tickets-for-fire-victims-those-who-aid-them/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/free-football-tickets-for-fire-victims-those-who-aid-them/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:43:38 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=141158 By Bill Stevens, WSU Athletics PULLMAN, Wash. – Free football tickets are available from Washington State University Athletics to firefighters, relief workers and families affected by recent wildfires and to others who donate food, water or cash to assist fire-damaged communities. “Cougar Athletics would like to have those affected by the wildfires as our guests … Continue reading Free football tickets for fire victims, those who aid them

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By Bill Stevens, WSU Athletics

football-90pPULLMAN, Wash. – Free football tickets are available from Washington State University Athletics to firefighters, relief workers and families affected by recent wildfires and to others who donate food, water or cash to assist fire-damaged communities.

“Cougar Athletics would like to have those affected by the wildfires as our guests Saturday,” said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos. “Communities around the Northwest have supported WSU Athletics through the years, and we would like to offer some relief by inviting them to enjoy a Cougar football Saturday.”

Families, firefighters and relief workers from fire-affected communities may contact the WSU ticket office at 1-800-GO-COUGS to make arrangements for tickets to the 2015 football season opener against Portland State University at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 5.

An end zone ticket to the game will be given to anyone who brings three food items or a case of bottled water to the ticket office Saturday. Donations will go to Second Harvest of Spokane, Wash., to be sent to local communities affected by fires.

Items can include peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned meats like tuna and chicken, hearty soups and stews, whole grain cereals and healthy granola bars and crackers.

Additionally, the Cougars have partnered with KXLY News (TV and online) in Spokane to provide 200 tickets for people who make cash donations to the Red Cross 5-9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Spokane Federal Credit Union, 601 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane.

 

 

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The hottest place in Washington state was … https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/the-hottest-place-in-washington-state-was/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/09/03/the-hottest-place-in-washington-state-was/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:10:04 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=141136 By Linda Weiford, WSU News PROSSER, Wash. – As Washington state emerges from its most blistering summer on record, the state’s hottest place was, ironically, an area known for giant irrigation sprinklers and well-tended orchards and vineyards. With the mercury hovering above 100 degrees for 22 days, including a scorching 113 in June, the Tri-Cities … Continue reading The hottest place in Washington state was …

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agweathernet-logo-250PROSSER, Wash. – As Washington state emerges from its most blistering summer on record, the state’s hottest place was, ironically, an area known for giant irrigation sprinklers and well-tended orchards and vineyards. With the mercury hovering above 100 degrees for 22 days, including a scorching 113 in June, the Tri-Cities area earned the gold star.

“Even for a semi-arid location like the Tri-Cities, summer 2015 was a hot one,” said Washington State University meteorologist Nic Loyd of AgWeatherNet (http://weather.wsu.edu/awn.php). Of the network’s 166 weather monitoring stations around the state, the unit based in the Tri-Cities recorded the highest temperatures for the most days, he said.

The trio of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, Wash., saw an average high temperature of 93.7 degrees – three degrees higher than the average for last summer. What’s more, the 22 days of triple-digit temperatures toppled the 15 days from the summer before, Loyd explained.

“All of Washington was hot but the Tri-Cities stood out from the crowd,” he said, adding that the lower elevation of this metropolitan area of 250,000 people contributes to its sizzling climate, as does the fact that it’s largely removed from the “summertime cooling influence” of the Pacific Ocean and located in the southern part of the state.

“This year, in particular, the Tri-Cities saw intense, prolonged heat,” he said.

Oh, and one more thing – the chamber of commerce’s assertion that the Tri-Cities averages 300 sunshine-filled days a year is no exaggeration. The last time it rained was May 25, said Loyd.

 

Contacts:
Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, 509-786-9357, nicholas.loyd@wsu.edu
Linda Weiford, WSU News, 509-335-7209, linda.weiford@wsu.edu

 

 

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