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Whop! It’s turning wintry fast

By Merridee Hanson November 15, 2009 4 p.m.

Winterlike weather continues as storms in the Gulf of Alaska continue to gather strength. Showers behind Friday’s cold front brought snow down to 1,000 feet; Phil Delany just above Dole Valley reported enough to cover the ground in white.

Here’s how Washington members of Congress voted on major issues last week.

By Merridee Hanson November 9, 2009 4 p.m.

Here’s how Washington members of Congress voted on major issues last week. House

The rain washes over us

By Merridee Hanson November 8, 2009 4 p.m.

Saturday afternoon around 3:30, I gazed out my window to a dreary skyscape. It was nearly dark! Two good squall lines had moved through, one around noon and then other a couple of hours later. The river basins had capacity for the heavy but brief rains, but our storm drains didn’t. The National Weather Service in Portland issued an urban flood warning.

Weather provides trick, treat

By Merridee Hanson November 1, 2009 4 p.m.

The weather gave us a trick all right on Halloween Eve and a treat for all the avid weather observers, at least.

Wet day boosts lagging rainfall number

By Merridee Hanson October 27, 2009 3 p.m.

Well we didn’t quite get caught up on the rainfall Monday with those heavy rains early in the day, but made a good stride forward. Showers today will taper off and Wednesday should be a dry day before more rain moves in Thursday and Friday. Snow levels dropped to 2,500 feet late Monday in the Washington Cascades, with a foot or more expected in the higher ski areas. We will remain in an unsettled weather pattern until further notice, with snow in the higher mountains.

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