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Heat, floods, fires: Jet stream is key link in climate disasters

July 25, 2021, 1:05pm Nation & World

Devastating floods destroyed towns in Germany and Belgium. A ruthless heat wave broiled the Western U.S. and Canada. Heavy rains paralyzed a Chinese industrial hub home to 10 million people.… Read story

Dramatic photos from NASA highlight severity of California’s drought

July 25, 2021, 12:31pm Nation & World

As the West descends deeper into drought, climate and water experts are growing increasingly alarmed by California’s severely shriveling reservoirs. Read story

Bushwhacking through thick forest, Cascade Forest Conservancy intern Christian Villanueva, left, and science and restoration manager Suzanne Whitney use an iPad GPS system to track their location, and their own eyeballs to spot their next towering ponderosa pine tree. Volunteers went entirely off-trail and negotiated punishingly thick underbrush to find the giant pines.

Volunteers endure heat, rough conditions to protect Gifford Pinchot’s ponderosa pines

Bushwhacking through thick forest, Cascade Forest Conservancy intern Christian Villanueva, left, and science and restoration manager Suzanne Whitney use an iPad GPS system to track their location, and their own eyeballs to spot their next towering ponderosa pine tree. Volunteers went entirely off-trail and negotiated punishingly thick underbrush to find the giant pines.

July 25, 2021, 6:05am Clark County News

GIFFORD PINCHOT NATIONAL FOREST — To find the tallest trees, you’ve got to look up. Read story

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Weather Eye: Next weekend could see a return to 100-degree highs

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

July 25, 2021, 6:04am Clark County News

Summer keeps rolling along, my friends, and in good fashion. Our average mean temperature is running only 1.7 degrees above normal. Our warmest July high temperature so far, as of early Saturday afternoon, was 88 degrees. And we are almost through July, the hottest month of the year. Quite unusual.… Read story

After June's record-breaking heat wave, local trees and greenery are looking dry and scorched. But don't despair, said Vancouver urban forester Charles Ray. "Give it a season of good tree care and deep watering," he said.

Proper care can help stressed trees in Clark County weather dry times

After June's record-breaking heat wave, local trees and greenery are looking dry and scorched. But don't despair, said Vancouver urban forester Charles Ray. "Give it a season of good tree care and deep watering," he said.

July 25, 2021, 6:02am Clark County News

As wildfires burn across the West, many are casting a wary eye toward sun-scorched trees right here. Read story

A hotshot hand crew walks in line during a wildfire in Topanga, west of Los Angeles, Monday, July 19, 2021. A brush fire scorched about 15 acres in Topanga today, initially threatening some structures before fire crews got the upper hand on the blaze, but one firefighter suffered an unspecified minor injury. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W.

New technology propels efforts to fight Western wildfires

A hotshot hand crew walks in line during a wildfire in Topanga, west of Los Angeles, Monday, July 19, 2021. A brush fire scorched about 15 acres in Topanga today, initially threatening some structures before fire crews got the upper hand on the blaze, but one firefighter suffered an unspecified minor injury. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W.

July 24, 2021, 6:15am Latest News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As drought- and wind-driven wildfires have become more dangerous across the American West in recent years, firefighters have tried to become smarter in how they prepare. Read story

People stand behind the fire line as the flames spread through dry grasses at the Steptoe Canyon Fire  Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Colton, Wash.

Western wildfires: Crews make progress on huge Oregon blaze

People stand behind the fire line as the flames spread through dry grasses at the Steptoe Canyon Fire  Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Colton, Wash.

July 23, 2021, 11:50am Latest News

BLY, Ore. (AP) — The nation's largest wildfire raged through southern Oregon on Friday but crews were scaling back some night operations as hard work and weaker winds helped reduce the spread of flames even as wildfires continued to threaten homes in neighboring California. Read story

The Cedar Creek fire near Winthrop has forced evacuations of hundreds of residents.

Washington town tops in U.S. poor air quality as fires continue to burn

The Cedar Creek fire near Winthrop has forced evacuations of hundreds of residents.

July 22, 2021, 4:19pm Latest News

WINTHROP — The north-central Washington town of Winthrop temporarily had the worst air quality in the country Thursday as wildfires in the Methow Valley area continued to burn and prompt evacuations. Read story

Storm brought 250 lightning strikes to Inland Northwest

July 22, 2021, 7:55am Northwest

SPOKANE — Officials were keeping an eye out for lightning fires Wednesday after some 250 strikes in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Read story

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Weather Eye: Clouds keep Vancouver’s temperatures well below average

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

July 22, 2021, 6:03am Clark County News

It’s well into July, and we should be cloudless each day now. With the morning low clouds, Tuesday topped out at only 78 degrees, well below average. Read story