Tag Archives: Wildfires

White House issues grim outlook for climate woes

If current climate trends continue, the Pacific Northwest will have more summer wildfires, less winter snowpack and smaller numbers of the salmon for which our region is famous. The skiing could get worse, too. But on the bright side, warm-weather grape … 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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Solar storms could light up smoky skies

The sun has been acting up this week, and normally that would produce auroral displays bright enough to see in Washington state. But this isn’t a normal week: Western skies have been obscured by wildfire smoke, and although westerly winds … Continue reading

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Wildfires and ash wow the weather gurus

Texas has its floods, Florida has a potentially catastrophic hurricane coming its way, but the Pacific Northwest has its own sign of the apocalypse: wildfires that are turning the sun into a smoke-obscured blood orange and peppering the streets with ash. “I have … Continue reading

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Insitu joins effort to track wildfires 24/7

There’s new cause for hope in the fight against wildfires, and it involves Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary that’s headquartered in Bingen, Wash., and specializes in unmanned aerial vehicles. Today Insitu announced a partnership with FireWhat, a California-based company that focuses on monitoring … Continue reading

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