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The early heat wave across most of the Northwest is forecast to start winding down Wednesday. It might have felt nice while it lasted, but the unusual warmth --record-setting, in some cases-- compounded the rapid melting of the Northwest's precious mountain snowpack.

When winter officially ended last month, snow measurements showed near normal to above normal snowpack across the Northwest. In four short weeks though, the snowpack in Oregon, Washington and Idaho has significantly eroded.

Submerged subdivisions, impassable roads, overflowing creeks: For the second day in a row, Houston has been struggling to cope with disastrous flooding.

Nearly 18 inches of rain has fallen on parts of Houston and surrounding areas in the past two days, according to the Harris County Flood Warning System. The resulting floodwaters have reportedly led to the deaths of five people.

A tree fell on Sunday, March 14, 2016 on 112th Street Northeast, east of Forbes Creek Drive in Kirkland.
KUOW Photo/Kim Malcolm

Bill Radke speaks with Washington State climatologist Nick Bond about some of the reasons behind the very active weather the region has been experiencing recently.

A man was killed on Sunday after a tree fell on his station wagon. A female toddler in the car was transported to Harborview with minor injuries.
Seattle Fire Department

A man was killed on Sunday after a windstorm pushed a large pine tree onto his car. He had been driving a navy blue station wagon in the upper loop of Seward Park.

A couple winters ago, a team of Northwest scientists jumped in a pickup and traveled hundreds of miles around the U.S. and Canadian backroads. They were after samples of dirty snow.

Praying for rain? You'll get (slightly) less when the moon is very high, a new study finds.

Scientists at the University of Washington say the moon's position impacts the amount of rainfall on Earth.

"As far as I know, this is the first study to convincingly connect the tidal force of the moon with rainfall," researcher Tsubasa Kohyama says in a press release from the university.

Forgive us if you've heard this (and heard it, and heard it) already: The East Coast is getting its fair share of snow this weekend.

If you have, chances are you've also heard another little anecdote. When folks get snowed in for a couple of days — the urban legend goes — the population in that area is likely to see a boost in births just nine months later. In other words: Blizzards might be prime baby-making time.

“I don’t know what you would call it, Code Orange or just full on panic, but just sitting here and listening to the radio and watching television, you hear about the power outages, downed wires, ‘stay inside.’

"You know by all means if you leave your home you will die! That's seems to be the message here.”

That's veteran Moscow reporter Charles Maynes, who happens to be in Washington, DC just as the dangerous winter storm named Jonas by the National Weather Service was striking the capital.

In Moscow, he says, people may be a bit more snow resilient.

Major Winter Storm Rumbles Up East Coast

Jan 22, 2016

Washington, D.C. could see two feet of snow this weekend from a historic storm that forecasters say will also bring ice and coastal flooding to the eastern U.S. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson gets the latest from Tom Niziol of The Weather Channel.

Little Rock, Ark., awoke to 6 inches of accumulation.

Just before dawn, rain became sleet became snow outside Nashville, Tenn. Flakes began to fall in Charlotte, N.C., and the Carolina mountains.

Can the ‘Godzilla’ El Niño’ solve California’s drought problem?

Jan 22, 2016
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 Image by Airborne Snow Observatory program, NASA/JPL, California Institute of Technology

The Los Angeles River has once again come to life, supercharged with rainwater. Freeways have flooded. And California’s Sierra Nevada mountains — the so-called “snowy mountains” — are living up to their name.

This is all thanks to the huge ocean-atmosphere event Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist Bill Patzert is calling a “Godzilla El Niño.”

Despite long odds, a subtropical system in the Atlantic was upgraded to hurricane status this morning by the National Hurricane Center.

Satellite images showed Hurricane Alex, a well-defined tropical storm, churning in the open Atlantic, closer to Africa but at about the latitude of Jacksonville, N.C.

"It's rather surprising and remarkable," Richard Pasch, senior hurricane specialist for the National Hurricane Center, tells our Newscast unit. "It's a pretty rare event."

'West Coast' by artist Ballookey Klugeypop
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Bill Radke talks to state climatologist Nick Bond about how El Nino is affecting winter weather across the state and what it means for the blob, the large mass of warm water off Washington's coast. 

We asked two weather experts from the Pacific Northwest 10 questions about the weather ahead in our area. From what mobile app is a must have to the urban myth that Portland is the wettest place in the country. What followed was a mix of vital information and interesting factoids from two weather aficionados that report on the Northwest area daily.

From a hot, dry summer to a wet and snowy December, 2015 was a year of extremes for Northwest weather. And 2016 could be full of surprises, too.

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