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First hand accounts of Mount St. Helens’ 1980 eruption

First hand accounts of Mount St. Helens’ 1980 eruption

Author’s Note: This part of a weekly series on geology for a class I am taking this semester at BYU-Idaho. This week’s prompt required students to interview somebody who had firsthand experience with a volcano. I interviewed my grandparents, who lived in Kennewick, Wash. when Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980. Other posts from this assignment can be found under the “Geology 111” category.  Mount St. Helens famously erupted immediately after an earthquake caused the north side of the mountain…

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Earthquakes in the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Earthquakes in the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Author’s Note: This part of a weekly series on geology for a class I am taking this semester at BYU-Idaho. This week’s prompt required students to find a news article, post it on our blogs and explain how plate tectonics played a role in the situation. Other posts from this assignment can be found under the “Geology 111” category. Featured image: Damage and flooding in Sendai, Japan as a result of the 2011 Japan earthquake. (Source: U.S. Navy) The article…

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Warm system for Thanksgiving week

Warm system for Thanksgiving week

An atmospheric river is set up to douse almost the entire West Coast. Raising freezing levels today and tomorrow will aid Thanksgiving travelers the next couple of days, keeping snow off of the major passes. By midnight Monday night, the freezing level in much of Oregon will be above 9,000 feet with freezing levels remaining near 10,000 feet for the Pacific Northwest through Wednesday. I apologize in advance, I’ll be mentioning rain a lot in this post. While major highways won’t…

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Forecast for the Auburn Marching Band Competition

Forecast for the Auburn Marching Band Competition

I am friends with a lot of folks in the Tri-Cities who have siblings or kids in marching band. This weekend, they will be traveling over to the west side of the mountains to participate in a parade and competition in Auburn. As the weather here outside Reno is fairly chill, and this is the largest marching band competition in the state of Washington, I decided to write about the weather over there instead. Crossing the Pass There is a…

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Columbia Basin Snow Report

Columbia Basin Snow Report

Winter is making an early appearance today in the Tri-Cities, as several places woke up to a dusting of snow. Winter Weather Advisories are in place for the Blue Mountains as well as in Yakima. The Tri-Cities will likely see off and on rain and snow showers as this system continues to move through the region. Some of that snow may stick briefly in town, but don’t expect much and don’t expect it to last too long. If you’re traveling…

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Winter’s first snowfall… in summer.

Winter’s first snowfall… in summer.

Author Note: I wrote this post on my phone. The ‘featured image’ is from last winter because I can’t figure out how to upload images from my phone. Also be aware that formatting might be weird. I love fall, it’s my favorite time of year. Unfortunately, fall only lasted for about a week where I work in Island Park, Idaho. We got somewhere between two and three inches of snow overnight, freezing up my pressure washer. Driving up, you would…

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The Pacific Northwest heatwave… won’t be that bad in East Idaho

The Pacific Northwest heatwave… won’t be that bad in East Idaho

It’s no secret that I talk to a lot of weather folks in the Portland and Seattle areas, despite living in East Idaho. The “hot topic” (pun intended) of conversation in these circles is the impending heat wave, which spells imminent doom for everyone west of the Cascades who doesn’t have air conditioning. Our good friend Frankie MacDonald has even weighed in in this YouTube Video. With some weather models predicting highs in Portland above 110 and highs in Seattle…

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Incoming! Late season storm to bring snow to Northern Rockies

Incoming! Late season storm to bring snow to Northern Rockies

It’s May (obviously), and if you’re like me you’re super angry to see the word snow being thrown around willy nilly. Well, it’s real and it’s coming. On the bright side, this is a quick-moving storm with things beginning to clear out Wednesday and Thursday. Right Now First, here’s a look at the surface analysis over the Pacific Northwest with data from 12 pm Mountain Time. You’ll notice a low located near where Washington, Oregon and Idaho meet (labelled 1004)…

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Half of Idaho in Flood Alerts

Half of Idaho in Flood Alerts

Take a look at the Weather Service’s website this morning and south Idaho is a sea of green with Flood Advisories and Warnings. The snow is melting and rain is falling and those two together are causing record flooding that has closed Interstate 86 between Burley and Pocatello. The Interstate has since reopened, but other highways are closed both in the Snake River Plain as well as in the mountains, where this warmer rainy weather is causing an avalanche threat….

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Pacific Northwest Snowpack Report – December 2016

Pacific Northwest Snowpack Report – December 2016

If it seems like you’ve gotten a lot of snow so far this season, you’re not wrong. All of Oregon is above average for snowfall thus far, as well as most of Washington and southern Idaho. This is good for improving our ongoing drought situation, especially in eastern Oregon where the drought is still keeping a tight hold. Right now, snow is covering the ground in all of Idaho, as well as a large portion of Washington and Oregon east…

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