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Green highway snow and ice control cuts the chemicals
November 19, 2014

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications

XianmingShi-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Ice-free pavement. “Smart snowplows.” Vegetable juice ice-melt. Cold-climate researchers at Washington State University are clearing the road with green alternatives to the salt, sand and chemicals typically used for highway snow and ice control.

Photos: Snowflakes cold and colorful
February 4, 2014

By Shelly Hanks, WSU Photos Services

PULLMAN, Wash. – Dry, crystalline snow will remain on the ground for some days as the weather clears and turns unseasonably cold into the weekend, according to the area forecast.

Photos: First snow ushers in wintry season
November 5, 2013

Snow-book-statue-PULLMAN, Wash. – The Pullman campus woke to the season’s first snowfall Monday. It melted but was replaced with more this morning. The dusting is captured in these images by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services.

Spring photo gallery; snowpack dangerously low
February 23, 2010

Photos by Robert Hubner and Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services





PULLMAN – Unusually early springlike weather draws students across the Pullman campus out to enjoy the sunshine.


However, this year’s weather means snow is a rare commodity throughout the Northwest, leaving climatologists and natural resource officials nervous.



Snow moisture map courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculuture




Top 10 warmest on record


The region’s warm winter temperatures are being attributed to moderate El Niño conditions that are present in … » More …

Mapping the way to snow mold resistance
April 23, 2009

Snow mold infects turf grass.


A genetic map being developed by scientists at WSU in collaboration with scientists at Japan’s National Agricultural Research Center on the northern island of Hokkaido may speed development of wheat varieties that are more resistant to snow mold.

Snow mold is a fungus-caused disease of wheat and other grasses. It’s prevalent in areas that have early snow and significant prolonged snow cover on ground that has not frozen. In Washington, that includes about 200,000 acres of winter wheat in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Lincoln and Stevens counties.

The fungus … » More …

Early winter storm a doozy!
December 19, 2008




The first major snowstorm of the season hit the Palouse hard this week – bringing single-digit temperatures, icy winds and accumulations of snow up to 13 inches in some areas. 


See the photo gallery below for a look at how WSU is coping with the weather.

Click on photos to enlarge them.

Palouse springtime surprise weather
April 8, 2008




With Sun peaking in through most people’s windows, Tuesday morning brought hope to many people in Pullman.  Like most spring days in 2008 the weather took a turn for the worse with a hail storm starting around 11 a.m.  


Since moms weekend is coming up, many students wonder if the weather will behave long enough for their mothers to make the journey over the mountains.  The five-day forecast looks as if it might clear up and be nice toward the end of the week.   … » More …

Mixed messages left as winter fades away
March 4, 2008


Just when everyone thought winter had left and spring was here to stay, Pullman residents woke up to a ground covered in snow.  The week’s forecast has a bit of snow for Wednesday, but Thursday and Friday are looking better with a high of 47 and a low of 34 degrees. 


The snowdrop flowers (above) were seen outside Avery Hall on Feb. 29. (Photo courtesy of Tim Marsh, University Relations.) 


According to the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow, we still have a few more weeks of winter.


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Pharmacy faculty assist community
February 28, 2008

In early February, the Spokane Regional Health District called two WSU College of Pharmacy faculty members into action after a county declared state of emergency closed all county roads in southern and west Spokane County due to heavy snow.

“This was about a partnership that WSU College of Pharmacy has had with the community for years,” said Dr. Colleen Terriff, associate professor of Pharmacy at WSU Spokane. “People from the community call, state the problem, and together we find a solution.”

Terriff was phoned by Spokane Regional Health District Emergency Management Coordinator John VanSant and asked to get involved in creating a plan for … » More …

Snow creates beautiful campus scenes
January 10, 2008




Pullman has been covered in snow for the past few days, and snow is expected to continue for a few more.


Here are some photos of the campus from the past few days.


Snow is expected to continue until Sunday. On Sunday, weather forcasters predict a partly cloudy day with a high of 36 degrees, but come Monday rain and snow showers are expected again.


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