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Why it was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad winter
April 5, 2017

car buried in snow

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

What did the tree say after a long winter? What a re-leaf …

SPOKANE, Wash. – Never mind that March was among the wettest on record for the Inland Northwest. Our miserable winter is what still stands out. Just talking about it elicits grimaces and head shakes.

Pink snow mold destruction discovered in area wheat fields
March 28, 2017

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Damage caused by snow mold in some eastern Washington wheat fields has surprised a Washington State University plant expert who has studied the fungus for nearly four decades.

Frosty beauty: Where there’s rime, there’s a reason
February 22, 2017

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

SPOKANE, Wash. – After emerging from one of the coldest Januarys on record, including a so-called “Snowmageddon,” many of us have had it up to our ears with shoveling snow, slipping on icy sidewalks, driving through freezing fog and enduring frigid temperatures. Even our recent warmer weather and rainfalls can’t offset all the nippy days we’ve encountered.

More wacko winter weather – and why
January 25, 2017

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

SPOKANE, Wash. – If you’re feeling weather beaten or weather whiplashed, you are not alone. In a span of a month and a half, the Inland Northwest experienced:

Weird wintry mix – the day it graupeled outside
December 20, 2016

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?

Researchers feed, breed, protect bees to survive winter
November 28, 2016

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

beePULLMAN, Wash. – Gathering last-minute sips of nectar and pollen, bees at the Washington State University Teaching Apiary recently made the most of an unusually warm, 60-degree November day.

Warmest winter since 1992 ends with warmest February
March 26, 2015

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

agweathernet-logo-250PROSSER, Wash. – The last time Prosser experienced a month as warm as February 2015, relative to normal, some people were still using typewriters and cordless telephones.

Rock Doc: To feed or not to feed the birds in winter?
February 3, 2015

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – During the winter I like to feed the birds. I have a very simple arrangement for this: pouring a mix of seeds on a flat railing outside my dining room window. I regularly attract several species of small birds to the seed.

Arctic outbreaks headline state’s 2013-14 winter season
March 25, 2014

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

agweathernet-logo-250PROSSER, Wash. – Better late than never. That’s a common sentiment among Washingtonians in the aftermath of a February of significant recovery in the mountain snowpack.