Monthly Archives: April 2011

Ice Box Idaho at the end of April 2011

The ice box that is Idaho continues to report unusually cold and snowy weather. Snowfall was widespread across southern Idaho and southeast Oregon last night. Stanley ID has recorded a low temperature below 10 F on 9 of the past … Continue reading

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Astoria OR has yet to reach 60 F

As of today Astoria OR has yet to reach 60 degrees in 2011.  Prior to this year the latest date to reach 60 had been 19 April 1945.  With only 2 days remaining in April it will likely be May … Continue reading

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Heavy snowfall north of Spokane today

Heavy wet snow today north of Spokane has brought down a considerable number of trees. 0123 PM     HEAVY SNOW       13 NE MEAD              47.90N 117.15W 04/26/2011  E24.0 INCH       SPOKANE            WA   PUBLIC OVER 40 MATURE TREES FELL DOWN ACROSS THE ROAD UP … Continue reading

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100 Aprils at Priest River Experiment Station in Idaho

The Priest River Experiment Station, located about 50 miles NE of Spokane, has recorded climate data nearly continuously since its establishment 100 years ago in 1911. This station has been well maintained with a good exposure over grass in a … Continue reading

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Cold spring in Spokane

With 130 years of record back to 1882,  2011 now joins 2006 and 2008 in the top five for latest date to reach 60 in Spokane.  March 21 is the average first date to reach 60 in Spokane. NATIONAL WEATHER … Continue reading

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Great Dust Storm – 80th Anniversary

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the GREAT DUST STORM IN WASHINGTON AND OREGON, APRIL 21-24, 1931

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Portland OR, historically slow start to spring

Remember back when this alarmist news about snow in the Pacific Northwest was reported by Time Magazine in March 2006: Lately the early arrival of spring and the unusually blistering summers have caused the snowpack to melt too early, so … Continue reading

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Seattle, April 1934 vs April 2011

Back in 1934 Seattle had already experienced 51 days over 55 F by 18 April and the high temperature on 18 April 1934 was 80 deg F in Seattle.  A day later on 19 April 1934 Snoqualmie Falls reached 90 … Continue reading

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Rain in Oregon, 14-17 April 2011

5.72 inches of rain fell in Brookings OR during 54 consecutive hours of measurable rain ending this morning at 12 UTC.  Normal for the entire month of April in Brookings is 5.74 inches. Portland OR has also been wet as … Continue reading

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Past Climate Myths: Rain Follows the Plow

I find it interesting how some of our modern-day myths concerning our climate, like the myth of the rapidly vanishing Cascade Mountain snowpack, have similarities to an earlier myth “Rain Follows the Plow” concerning the climate during the settlement of … Continue reading

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