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Hotter and drier climate "normals" are here

 

Last updated 6/9/2021 at 12:49pm

The latest 30-year average predicts less precipitation and a little more heat overall. Although crops like those north of Wilbur are looking better than expected after this spring's scant rainfall, yields are expected to be smaller this coming harvest. - Scott Hunter photo

Hotter and drier summers seem to be the trend in climate changes locally as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the new U.S. Climate Normals for 1991-2020.

The NOAA is part of the Department of Commerce and updates the climate normals every 10 years using a 30-year range of data. Comparing the 1991-2020 data to the previous 1981-2010 data shows that the Spokane area, li...



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