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State of emergency flooding – a perfect storm
March 22, 2017

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.

Region braces for heavy rain, snow, ice
February 8, 2017

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – A strong storm system pushing through Washington state is about to unload drenching rain, snow and freezing rain.

Jan. 27-29: Helping neighborhoods adapt to climate change
January 17, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – Five public, community workshops to help some San Francisco neighborhoods adapt to sea level rising, flooding and drought will be hosted by the Washington State University Adaptive Water Urbanism Initiative Jan. 27-29.

Big thaw triggers unusual wintertime alert
February 24, 2016

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

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – Most of us are familiar with the hazardous weather alerts given by the National Weather Service, ranging from winter storm warnings and flood advisories to severe thunderstorm watches.

$1M to study climate change impacts on defense facilities
December 17, 2014

DemissieRICHLAND, Wash. – Protecting U.S. defense facilities from risks posed by climate change is the focus of research at Washington State University Tri-Cities recently funded through a four-year, $994,000 contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Westside flood counseling analysis wrapping up
January 13, 2009

A year after flooding devastated areas of western Washington, a WSU researcher is helping analyze and evaluate ongoing crisis counseling in six counties most affected.


Many thousands of people have been served by four outreach teams using a variety of strategies, said Robert Short, director of the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training (WIMHRT) at WSU Spokane. Among the most widespread efforts: More than 13,000 people attended brief educational contacts with the teams; 54,000 pieces of information were distributed to the public; and more than 10,000 people attended 600 group outreach sessions.


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Check your route well in advance
December 4, 2007

Due to recent flooding and road damage, caused by the Dec. 2-3 storms, it is suggested that people traveling shoud check their route before they leave home.  This includes parents planning to attend the upcoming fall commencement on the Pullman campus, as well as business travelers and students.


You can learn about highway conditions throughout the state at any time by clicking on the snowplow photo/link on the front page of WSU Today,  (See following example.)


State Highway Conditions


 You can also call 511 on a landline … » More …

Threat of flooding lightens in western Washington
November 8, 2006

Due to the increased amount of rain, the threat of flooding increased in many areas of Washington in the past several days. Precautions are being taken to limit damage at Washington State University facilities. Here is a quick update:* Operations at WSU-Mount Vernon NWREC returned to normal this morning as the threat of flooding has subsided, at least for the moment. The water was reported to have crested at about 6 foot above flood level instead of the predicted 12-foot level. Operations at the WSU Mt Vernon facility were suspended at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, when it was announced that one of the main bridges would be closed at 3 p.m. Currently, state … » More …

Flooding affects areas near WSU facilities
November 7, 2006

Due to the increased amount of rain, flooding is occurring in many areas of Washington and precautions are being taken to limit damage. Below is an update on the flood situation in areas related to Washington State University.* Operations at WSU-Mount Vernon NWREC were suspended at 2 pm today, Tuesday, Nov. 7, due to recent reports from National Weather Service, allowing employees time to safely return home. Employees there were asked to secure their  areas (laboratories, chemical storage areas, electronic equipment in offices) before leaving. In the event that flooding continues and it is not prudent to resume operations on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at WSU Mt. … » More …