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Ridiculously High Record Temperatures Felt in the Columbia Basin

Yesterday at 5 p.m. it was 103 in the shade at my home in Kennewick. According to the local news it was only two degrees from breaking the record set in 1990. I looked out in my yard and the squirrels were so hot they couldn’t even move.

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are you smarter than the weatherman?
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Are You Smarter Than The Weatherman? Tri-Cities Weather History (QUIZ)

The recent blast of hot weather,  with a few records being broken here and there made us wonder - how well do YOU know Mother Nature here in the Mid-Columbia?

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fire danger high in mid columbia
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Fire Danger Extremely High in Much of Washington

With the recent blast of hot weather, the fire danger in the the northwest and eastern parts of Washington State is 'extremely high.'  Authorities say at least one blaze was human caused.

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Mt. St . Helens erupts
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Mt. St. Helens Blew Her Top Today 32 Years Ago (VIDEO-Pictures)

It's not the 'big' 20 or 30 year anniversary, but May 18th will always loom large in the minds of Northwest residents.

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Multiple Tornadoes Touch Down In Dallas-Fort Worth Area
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Would YOU Be Prepared In Case Of Major Weather Emergency?

Ok, we don't get the big tornadoes like those forecast for parts of Texas and Oklahoma (the central and southern plains) this weekend, and into next week.  But we DO occasionally get our share of freak weather.  Would you be prepared?

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School closures and delays
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We’re Your Source For Updates On School Delays, Road Closures And Weather

Hazardous weather is wreaking havoc with schools and roads in the Mid Columbia and Pacific Northwest.

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Yakima River Flooding 2011
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2011-Was It The Year Of Natural Disasters?

A number of natural events kept us on our toes in 2011

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Punxsutawney Phil Doesn’t See His Shadow, Predicts Early Spring [VIDEO]

Snow and ice may be blanketing a good part of the country, but the nation’s foremost groundhog says better weather is coming soon.

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this February 2nd, as he emerged from Gobbler's Knob, which suggests we will have an early spring.

Since 1887, Phil has only predicted 15 early springs. The StormFax Weather Almanac pegs Phil’s accuracy as a prog

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