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 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    June 11, 2014

Third consecutive May with little rain

The mean precipitation for May is 1.10 inches, and this year, like 2013 and 2012, we only received a portion of that. We measured 0.63 inches here at the home weather station (compared to the same in...

 
 By Bob Valen    Community    May 21, 2014

A moist April, but drought predicted

I had hoped for warmer weather for Colorama and Mother’s Day weekend; we take what we get, as someone once said. If you recall, last year was very warm with temperatures in the high 80s, low 90s...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    April 9, 2014

Wet March and more daylight - Total lunar eclipse next week

We ushered in a seasonal change on March 21 with equal day and night times. Now, we are gaining more and more daylight as we head into summer. We are gaining roughly three minutes a day. For the...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    March 19, 2014

February brought most snow and cold

February left us with a good amount of snow and was our coldest month, too. We measured 8.3 inches of new snow here at the home weather station (compared to a mean snowfall is 2.5 inches and a high of...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    February 12, 2014

New Year – warm and dry

January kicked off our new year on the warmer and drier side. Here at the home weather station we had a January mean temperature of 31.5°F, while the overall mean is 26.9°F for a difference of 4.6°F. The low for the month was 14.9°F on Jan. 31...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    January 29, 2014

Drier than usual

For December, here at the home weather station, we only had three days of low temperatures in the single digit area — the 5th, 7th and 8th. The lowest was a 3.5°F on the 8th, while our high...

 
 By Bob Valen    Community    December 30, 2013

November was drier and cooler

The joy of working with computer recording software unsurprisingly leads to a bit of frustration. Here at the home weather station we have a gap of eight days lost – the last eight days of...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    November 27, 2013

After a dry October, first seasonal snow falls in November

The home weather station measured a trifling 0.14 inches of precipitation for October. Looking back at past years shows we’ve had more — 1.15 inches in 2012, 0.54 inches in 2011, 1.23 inches in...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    October 16, 2013

September guides in cool weather

The high temperatures we had up to mid-September, 80s and 90s, have dropped off measurably. As we transitioned into October we’ve had nothing above the high 70s. I think it’s fair to state we are...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    September 18, 2013

August - Big storm, some rain

Aug. 25 saw a very strong, fast moving storm system blow through our area. We continue to clean up the mess left behind. Winds of 65 miles per hour and above were noted in many areas. Here at the home...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    August 21, 2013

Power lines are killing birds

Sadly, this morning, I found yet another causality of the high tension power lines that cross over North Dam Park. Since I’ve been walking the area, about eight or nine months, I’ve witnessed...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    August 7, 2013

July was flat out hot

I’m still wiping my brow of perspiration from all that heat. The National Weather Service reported some near- and new-high temperature records throughout the region. Here at the home weather...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    July 10, 2013

Above-average rain in June

June was wetter than the month’s mean. We measured 1.32 inches of precipitation at the home weather station compared to a mean of 0.99 inches. Our high temperature was 92.9°F and occurred on the la...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    May 29, 2013

A dry April into a dry May

A dry April into a dry May I’ve been checking into the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center’s three-month prediction (June, July and August), and it states, “…an equal...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    April 17, 2013

March on the dry side

The mean precipitation for March was 0.82 inches, though here at the home weather station we only received 0.36 inch, a huge variance from last year’s March total of 2.64 inches. What a difference...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    March 20, 2013

A dry February brings a warming trend

Dry indeed, February brought a parching 0.09 inch of precipitation that included 0.6 inch of fresh snow. The mean precipitation is 0.92 inch while we had a high of 3.58 inches back in 1940. Mean...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    February 20, 2013

January generally normal

Reviewing data from the past four Januarys shows we didn’t have any changes from the normal. We had good, measurable snowfall this year (2013, 7.3 inches) and last (2012, 9.9 inches). Here’s how...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    January 16, 2013

December 2012 was warm and wet

Reviewing data sets for December 2011 and 2012 shows we were a bit warmer and wetter. Our low for December 2012 was 21.9°F compared to 2011, which was 16.4°F. That’s a 5.5 degree difference. The a...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    December 12, 2012

November leaves a touch of snow

Our snowfall certainly wasn’t anything to get too thrilled about. Over a two-day period, the Dec. 10-11, we got 1.9 inches of snowfall here at the home weather station. That’s slightly more than...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    November 14, 2012

Damp October brings November snow

If the presence of snow indicates winter’s arrival along with less daylight, I’d say winter is here. So far, here at the home weather station, we’ve had 1.9 inches of snow with rapid melt-off....

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    October 10, 2012

About our splendid fall weather

The start of October has been really pleasant fall weather. It really is a nice treat. Our first recorded low back in the 30°F range occurred on Oct. 4. The last 30°F range low was way back on May...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    August 15, 2012

A wet July brought damaging storms

We were visited by quite a nice line of thunderstorms on July 20. I watched these storms approach from the south that afternoon on the Spokane National Weather Service radar on their website. The...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    July 11, 2012

Be careful out there, it’s finally hot

June came and went, squeezing out a high temperature of only 84.9°F that was the lowest high temperature for June in the past four years (1938 saw a record 105°F). The mean temperature for June is...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    June 13, 2012

A predicted drier summer

This past May brought us our third consecutive year with a below mean temperature for our region of Washington state. The mean for May is 58.5°F. Here is what I’ve recorded at the home weather...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    May 16, 2012

May fair weather

April brought us a wide spread of temperatures here at the home weather station. I recorded a low of 27.3°F (April 1) and a high of 84.6°F (April 23) for a spread of 57.3°F. Precipitation for...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    April 11, 2012

March ties a record- what will April bring?

April should usher in a respectable climb of warming temperatures. There is a nine-degree difference in mean temperatures from March (41.1°F) into April (50.1°F). Mean precipitation is the same at...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    March 14, 2012

Weather changeover for March

Generally we see a nice change in weather conditions as we watch March progress. Still, I would recommend being ready for winter-like conditions. In 1951 we had 9.8 inches of snow. Mean precipitation...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    February 8, 2012

February starts with more air stagnation

Finally, we got some respectable snowfall in January. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. The freezing rain on the other hand, is another matter. Here at the home weather station we had a total...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    January 11, 2012

Weather Watcher - Can January muster up some “real” snow

December left only 1.3 inches of new snow here at the home weather station; a real disappointment. December 2010 we had 7.8 inches of snow (2009: 2.6 and 2008: 21.1). Temperatures were mild as well. O...