weather http://kuow.org en 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 What Is This Bombogenesis And Why Is It Dumping Snow On Us? http://kuow.org/post/what-bombogenesis-and-why-it-dumping-snow-us Just as we're getting used to hearing about <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/07/260455201/what-is-the-polar-vortex-and-why-is-it-doing-this-to-us" target="_blank">the polar vortex</a>, there's another cool-sounding weather term being thrown around that we've had to look up:<p><strong>Bombogenesis</strong><p>This post by Philadelphia meteorologist John Bolaris caught our eye: "<a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Bolaris_Old_Man_Winter_to_drop_a_bombogenesis.html?c=r" target="_blank">Old Man Winter to drop bombogenesis</a>."<p>It led us to <a href="http://www.weather.c Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27367 at http://kuow.org What Is This Bombogenesis And Why Is It Dumping Snow On Us? Atmospheric Conspiracy Behind Our Mild Winter Weather http://kuow.org/post/atmospheric-conspiracy-behind-our-mild-winter-weather <p>The East Coast is getting hammered by a “polar vortex” of low pressure that has moved south from the North Pole. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:59:23 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Bill Radke 26656 at http://kuow.org Atmospheric Conspiracy Behind Our Mild Winter Weather Nation Turns Blue As Temperatures Continue To Plunge http://kuow.org/post/nations-turning-blue-temperatures-continue-plunge One weather map tells the story.<p>Check out the <a href="http://graphical.weather.gov/" target="_blank">National Weather Service's map of the Lower 48 for Monday night</a>. If you need to know just how much of the nation's going to be freezing (or well below!), it offers a bone-chilling picture. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 26578 at http://kuow.org Nation Turns Blue As Temperatures Continue To Plunge Wicked Winter Storm Leaves Deadly Trail Behind As It Moves Out http://kuow.org/post/wicked-winter-storm-leaves-deadly-trail-behind-it-moves-out The blast of winter weather that dumped 2 feet of snow in some parts of the Northeast and New England was being blamed for at least 13 deaths as of Friday afternoon.<p>And while the storm, as we said earlier, was heading off into the Canadian Maritimes and out to sea, it was continuing to cause massive disruptions for travelers. As of 5:20 p.m. ET, <a href="http://flightaware.com/live/cancelled/today#stats" target="_blank">according to FlightAware.com</a>, 2,706 flights within, into or out of the U.S. had been canceled Friday. That was on top of Thursday's 2,373 cancellations. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 26461 at http://kuow.org Wicked Winter Storm Leaves Deadly Trail Behind As It Moves Out