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Tornado makes rare Pacific Northwest appearance

The Pacific Northwest is typically in the “bush league” when it comes to tornadoes, but the National Weather Service says a twister hit a grand slam today south of Port Orchard on Washington state’s Kitsap Peninsula. Aerial views from Seattle … Continue reading

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As smoke clears, what’s ahead for Seattle’s skies?

After enduring days of record-setting, eye-watering levels of smoke in the air, the Seattle area is in for relief, thanks to a shift in wind patterns. But the debate over whether this is the “new normal,” the old normal or … Continue reading

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Tech tools touted for fending off Western wildfires

The smoky skies over Seattle have cleared up somewhat, but the Pacific Northwest’s wildfires continue to burn — prompting pledges from Republicans as well as Democrats to beef up the region’s firefighting capabilities. Advanced firefighting technologies, including satellite monitoring, drone patrols and … Continue reading

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Seattle’s bad air earns a place in record books

If this week’s smoky skies seem unprecedented, that’s not far wrong: Thanks to an unusually unfortunate weather pattern, Seattle just recorded its worst 24-hour air quality in almost two decades of recordkeeping. University of Washington atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass called … Continue reading

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What killed the birds? Scientists blame the Blob

Researchers have untangled the mystery behind a die-off that felled hundreds of thousands of tough seabirds known as Cassin’s auklets in 2014 and early 2015. It’s not a simple answer: The proximate cause was starvation, but in a study published … Continue reading

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Next-gen weather satellite runs into glitch

Two months after its launch, the main imaging instrument on a next-generation weather satellite is experiencing problems with its cooling system. That, in turn, is hurting the Advanced Baseline Imager’s ability to capture infrared and near-infrared images for the GOES-17 satellite, which … Continue reading

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Satellite enters orbit to watch weather and wildfires

A next-generation GOES-S weather satellite, the second of its kind, rose into orbit at 2:02 p.m. PT (5:02 p.m. ET) today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. NASA assisted with … Continue reading

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