Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:43 pm
Twenty below zero. That was the record breaking low in Klamath Falls, Ore. this weekend. Temperatures are higher this week, but have remained below freezing.
Wood smoke is one of the leading causes of fine particulate pollution, and in Klamath Falls, a blanket of cold stagnant air has trapped that pollution close to the ground, triggering an air quality health alert.
Every winter, Seattleites return to a hotly debated topic: Do we know how to drive in ice and snow? My coworkers are all complaining about Seattle drivers as I type, in fact — even those from the Northwest originally. So here are a few tips I gleaned from watching way too many YouTube videos.
Passengers wait for a BoltBus to arrive during a light rain, Wednesday, Nov. 27 in New York. A wall of storms packing ice, sleet and rain could upend holiday travel plans as millions of Americans take to the roads, skies and rails for Thanksgiving.
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In Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Mark Swigart used a leaf blower to move snow.
Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 10:21 am
While those in the western half of the nation will mostly enjoy fair skies on this Thanksgiving Eve, we regret to repeat that for millions of Americans east of the Mississippi it's going to be a messy busiest-travel-day-of-the-year (otherwise known as Getaway Day).
Hotline calls and emails to report suspected Japanese tsunami debris have gone way down this year. But West Coast states are still keeping their guard up in case another wave of flotsam from the 2011 disaster washes up on our shores.
In Tacloban, the Philippines, on Thursday, some survivors waiting in a line to charge cellphones covered their faces because of the lingering smell of dead bodies.
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NPR's Jason Beaubien, who is on assignment in the Philippines, posted this photo on Thursday. He writes that he was "waiting with a French search and rescue team to board a night flight" on a military plane from Manila to the devastated city of Tacloban.
Patrick Tinsley and Mary Kerns walk from their mountain community, Magnolia, where road access is shut off by debris. Flash flooding in Colorado has left at least three people reportedly dead and the widespread high waters have hampered emergency workers' access to affected communities as heavy rains hammered northern Colorado.
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Boulder Creek flooded early Thursday after three days of heavy rainfall. An estimated 6-10 inches of rain fell in 12-18 hours, and more is expected throughout the day. Flash flood sirens warned people to stay away from Boulder Creek and seek higher ground.
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A section of Highway 72 is missing after a flash flood tore through Coal Creek near Golden, Colo., on Thursday.
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Mountain View Fire Rescue firefighters Jamie Wood and Steve Knoll walk through a flooded street after doing a welfare check of a flooded property in Erie, Colo.
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Nicky Toor is pulled by his dog, Chaco, down a flooded street in Boulder.
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Jake Bennett uses sandbags and plywood to help funnel water down a street in Boulder.
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John Shada takes a photo as a geyser of floodwater shoots out of a sewer in Manitou Springs.
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Will Pitner is rescued by emergency workers and neighbor Jeff Writer on Friday, after a night sheltering on high ground above his home as it filled with water from a surge at the base of Boulder Canyon, Colo.
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This home was stranded Thursday after a flash flood in Coal Creek destroyed a bridge near Golden, Colo.
We take for granted the fact that we can predict long-term weather forecasts. Now scientists at the University of Washington are working on ways to forecast the changing conditions of the ocean. They hope these forecasts can help them better understand how those conditions affect Northwest fisheries.
Samantha Siedlecki is a research scientist at the University of Washington Joint Institute of the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean; she helped develop the forecasting tools and explains the way they work.
Seattle has seen record temperatures this week and more warm weather is forecasted this week. All the heat is making getting in the water very tempting, but The National Weather Service warns, low water temperatures and swift currents could make it difficult and dangerous to swim. In this segment Ross Reynolds interviews Brent Bower, senior service hydrologist at the National Weather Service, about how to stay safe in the water.