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‘Treemageddon’ storm shifts to Arbor Day

A giant spruce tree knocked down by the Nov. 17 windstorm in Spokane. (Photo by Tim Kohlhauff, WSU)

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane will observe a bittersweet National Arbor Day this Friday, April 29. Not only is the ponderosa pine its official tree, but the city has been declared a Tree City USA for 12 years in a row by the National Arbor Foundation. » More …

From big wind to big chill

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

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – On Nov. 17, a giant windstorm roared through the region to a balmy high temperature of 54 degrees. A little more than a week later, temperatures plunged to 7 degrees and we saw barely any wind at all. » More …

Photos: Overnight winds split trees, scatter shingles

PULLMAN, Wash. — Due to power outages caused by high winds overnight, Washington State University Pullman classes and non-essential services were suspended today until 1 p.m. » More …

Columbia Plateau Project Conference

PULLMAN – Progress on research to reduce wind erosion and improve air quality in the inland Pacific Northwest will be reported at the Columbia Plateau PM10 Project annual meeting on Dec. 17 at WSU.


The Columbia Plateau PM10 Project is a multidisciplinary research effort to address problems associated with airborne particulates that are 10 microns in size or smaller, and to develop economically viable best management practices to control blowing dust and smoke from dryland and irrigated farms.


Scientists from WSU, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, Oregon State University and officials from county, state and national air authorities will … » More …

Laws power up renewable energy efforts

Legislature and WSU lead state to broad development of wind and solar energyHailed as the most progressive renewable energy legislation passed in the United States, two energy bills took effect this summer after earlier approval by the Washington State Legislature. The next step is making renewable energy available, affordable and understandable to the public. WSU’s Mike Nelson and Matt Taylor are working to do just that. Taylor, assistant professor of architecture, is testing various solar beds to see which work best in the Pacific Northwest environment. Nelson, manager of the Northwest Solar Center and the WSU solar and wind extension program, worked actively with the … » More …