weather http://kuow.org en Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://kuow.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:26:34 +0000 editor 38755 at http://kuow.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts http://kuow.org/post/hot-weather-complicates-fire-fighting-efforts <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071114CL_vradenburg_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Triple-digit temperatures are expected to complicate the effort to battle&#160;<a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3937/">The Mills Canyon fire in central Washington</a>. &#160;<p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:46:44 +0000 Chris Lehman 38182 at http://kuow.org Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer http://kuow.org/post/northwest-wheat-harvest-could-be-down-summer <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062014CL_wheat_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Farmers in Oregon, Idaho and Washington are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The weather forecast has a lot to do with it.<p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:02:41 +0000 Chris Lehman 36875 at http://kuow.org Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer The Blob: Not The Horror Movie, The Summer Weather Influencer http://kuow.org/post/blob-not-horror-movie-summer-weather-influencer <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/060614TB_WarmBlob_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>"The Blob" was the title of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051418/">a 1958 sci-fi horror movie</a>. It's also the nickname Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond has given to a large patch of warmer-than-normal seawater off the Pacific Northwest coast.<p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:23:30 +0000 Tom Banse 36023 at http://kuow.org The Blob: Not The Horror Movie, The Summer Weather Influencer Spring Outlook Looks Warm For Coastal Northwest, 'Normal' Spring Inland http://kuow.org/post/spring-outlook-looks-warm-coastal-northwest-normal-spring-inland <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/032014TB_Spring_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20140320_springoutlook.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">spring seasonal outlook from the National Weather Service</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> calls for a warmer-than-average spring west of the Cascades and normal temperatures and rainfall across the inland Northwest.</span><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:05:12 +0000 Tom Banse 31005 at http://kuow.org Spring Outlook Looks Warm For Coastal Northwest, 'Normal' Spring Inland Washington Snowpack Building Toward Normal http://kuow.org/post/washington-snowpack-building-toward-normal <p>On a clear day in Seattle, Nick Bond can size up the mountain snowpack on his bike ride to work at the University of Washington. However, in his role as the state’s climatologist, Bond crunches the data to get a much more precise picture. That’s because a lot of people care about snowpack. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:52:48 +0000 Liz Jones 29095 at http://kuow.org Washington Snowpack Building Toward Normal Avalanche Deaths Highlight Unstable Backcountry Conditions http://kuow.org/post/avalanche-deaths-highlight-unstable-backcountry-conditions <p>The <a href="http://www.sawtoothavalanche.com/">avalanche center in Idaho's Sun Valley </a>area is urging people to consider cancelling their plans in the backcountry. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:09:33 +0000 Jessica Robinson 29048 at http://kuow.org Avalanche Deaths Highlight Unstable Backcountry Conditions Next Chapter In Northwest Weather Expected To Be Flooding, Landslides http://kuow.org/post/next-chapter-northwest-weather-expected-be-flooding-landslides <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/021314JR_FloodWarnings_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The National Weather Service says the recent snowfall combined with rain over the next few days has set the stage for flooding in parts of the Northwest.<p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:14:19 +0000 Jessica Robinson 28819 at http://kuow.org Next Chapter In Northwest Weather Expected To Be Flooding, Landslides What To Do If You're Caught In An Avalanche http://kuow.org/post/what-do-if-youre-caught-avalanche <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/021214CL_avalanches_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>As snow continues to pound the region's ski resorts, plenty of skiers &#160;are expected to hit the slopes. But with the increased snowpack comes the risk of avalanches.<p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:50:36 +0000 Chris Lehman 28723 at http://kuow.org What To Do If You're Caught In An Avalanche Winter Storm Shuts Northeast; South Still Reeling http://kuow.org/post/ice-and-snow-move-northeast-and-new-england <em>(We're adding details to this post as the day continues.)</em><p>The forecasters said it would be "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/12/275811245/crippling-paralyzing-southern-storm-will-be-wicked" target="_blank">crippling</a>," "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/11/275254157/mind-boggling-historic-ice-storm-headed-for-deep-south" target="_blank">mind-boggling</a>" and historic.<p>Well, this time around we can't complain about them getting it wrong.<p>Just as expected and feared, a dangerous winter storm has now spread snow, sleet, ice, freezing rain Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28711 at http://kuow.org Winter Storm Shuts Northeast; South Still Reeling Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk http://kuow.org/post/snow-mountains-comes-heightened-avalanche-risk <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/021114JR_SnowDump_update.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Baker County Sheriff in eastern Oregon says two cross-country skiers died Tuesday in an avalanche in the southern Wallowa Mountains. Two others were seriously injured.&#160;</span><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:00:39 +0000 Jessica Robinson 28658 at http://kuow.org Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk 'Crippling' And 'Paralyzing': Southern Storm Is Wicked http://kuow.org/post/crippling-paralyzing-southern-storm-wicked <h6><em>(</em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/12/275811245/crippling-paralyzing-southern-storm-will-be-wicked/#0001" target="_self">Click here</a><em> to jump to a quick look at the latest news about the storm.)</em></h6><p>As a wicked storm of ice and snow spreads over parts of Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas and heads toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the National Weather Service is again warning that it's getting ugly out there. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:43:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28646 at http://kuow.org 'Crippling' And 'Paralyzing': Southern Storm Is Wicked 'Mind-Boggling,' Historic Ice Storm Headed For Deep South http://kuow.org/post/mind-boggling-historic-ice-storm-headed-deep-south This is not our language. It comes from the forecasters at the National Weather Service, who we have to hope do not say things such as this unless they really mean it:<p><a href="http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/hpcdiscussions.php?disc=qpfhsd" target="_blank">"Mind-boggling if not historical" ice accumulations</a> are expected Wednesday and Thursday across a wide swath of the Deep South that includes Atlanta, other parts of Georgia, Columbia, S.C., and up to Raleigh/Durham, N.C. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:31:14 +0000 Mark Memmott 28565 at http://kuow.org 'Mind-Boggling,' Historic Ice Storm Headed For Deep South Northwest Farmers Take Heart In Prediction Of Rainy Spring http://kuow.org/post/northwest-farmers-take-heart-prediction-rainy-spring <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/020414JR_FarmWeatherWoes_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Northwest farmers call him “the weather man.” And at a farming conference in Spokane, he offered a reason for them to be optimistic about the upcoming season.<p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:37:28 +0000 Jessica Robinson 28243 at http://kuow.org Northwest Farmers Take Heart In Prediction Of Rainy Spring 'Rush Hour From Hell' Drags On In Icy Southern Cities http://kuow.org/post/rush-hour-hell-drags-icy-southern-cities <strong>Update at 12:17 p.m. ET. 'Obviously, There Were Errors':</strong><p>During a televised press conference, the governor of Georgia and the mayor of Atlanta both said they would take responsibility for the mess unfolding across Atlanta's highways.<p>CNN reports that the broad effect is now coming to light: Officials says one person died, 130 were hurt, and 1,254 accidents were reported during the snowstorm.<p>"Obviously, there were errors," Gov. Nathan Deal said. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27835 at http://kuow.org 'Rush Hour From Hell' Drags On In Icy Southern Cities