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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 …

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 …

La Nada: ‘Anything goes’ winter in store

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. » More …

Lenticular clouds – the truth is out there

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

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – A cloud type that spawns tall tales almost as much as Sasquatch is known to linger over peaks in the Cascade Range. Sometimes called “UFO clouds,” these saucer-shaped formations are likely to become more prominent as we enter autumn and winter. » More …

Dust devils common in Washington – and on Mars

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Dust devils outside Othello, Wash. (Photo by Henry Moore)

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

SPOKANE, Wash. – This time of year, dust devils put on a good show in the flatter, drier parts of the Pacific Northwest. You’ve probably seen these plumes of swirling dust zipping across farmland, open fields, roadsides and even parking lots. » More …

Mammatus clouds – odd, eerie and very photogenic

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

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – Anyone lucky enough to see mammatus clouds can’t turn away. Reminiscent of bubble wrap sliding across the sky, they’re a remarkable sight. » More …