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La Nada: ‘Anything goes’ winter in store
September 29, 2016

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

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – When the calendar flipped over to fall a week ago, we found ourselves bracing against strong breezes, gloomy skies and cooler than normal temperatures. Three days later, the winds stilled, a warm sun emerged and it felt like summer.

El Niño declining; cool sister may take its place
April 21, 2016

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

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – One of the strongest El Niños on record is waning. Now the big question is whether La Niña is on the way.

Warmest year on record for Washington state
January 12, 2016

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Hottest-MAPPULLMAN, Wash. – Last year was “by far” the Evergreen state’s warmest ever recorded, according to meteorologist Nic Loyd of Washington State University.

Holiday greenery harvest adjusts to ‘Godzilla El Nino’
November 17, 2015

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Noble-fir-wreath-by-Freed-webOLYMPIA, Wash. – Harvest of evergreen boughs for holiday garlands and wreaths got a late start thanks to the warmest October on record. Just what the economic impact is won’t be clear until the holiday season is over.

El Nino bad for Washington drought, good for California
May 21, 2015

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Drought-map-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Despite recent rains, the drought settling over Washington state that spurred the governor to declare an emergency last week is likely to grow worse – driven by a strengthening El Nino weather pattern from the Pacific Ocean.