Jeff Hildreth gave the go-ahead order, then watched as a small red light started blinking. He waited. A warning sounded about a minute later. Soon came a brilliant flash of light, a crack like a gunshot, then silence. Lightning can be hard to come by in Southwest Washington. But the Bonneville Power Administration can create lightning on demand in a little-known laboratory at Vancouver's Ross Complex substation.
Rob Figley may be gone, but all the good things he brought to Clark County keep percolating. You can still enjoy that special Figley flavor via Compass Coffee, which launched a commemorative "Figley's Blend" for Christmas.
While edging away from the volcano, you had to make sure to avoid the tsunami. Those were just some of the disasters that challenged more than 200 young problem-solvers at Salmon Creek Elementary School over the weekend.
As the cold arctic air squeezed its grip over us, Saturday night was expected to have the coldest temperatures of the current cold snap — probably the coldest in more than 30 years. With clear skies, calm winds and areas with snow cover, single digits were possible. Highs Saturday never peaked over 30 degrees in most locations. Even along the sunny coastline.