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Excessive Heat in the Interior West; Monsoon Conditions in the Southwest

Dangerous heat is expected to be in place across portions of California, especially the Central Valley, and across the Interior Northwest into Friday. Heat Advisories will also be in place across the southern Plains into the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Monsoonal showers and thunderstorms may result in flash flooding and debris flows from the Four Corners region and Southwest through Friday. Read More >

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March 1st

2018: NASA successfully launched the second in a series of next-generation weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) called GOES-S (or GOES-17). It is eventually renamed GOES-WEST and is a replacement of the previous GOES-WEST (or GOES-15).  More details. 

1999: Heavy rains and snowmelt caused the Little Spokane river to crest near Dartford. Pine River Park and several roads in the vicinity were flooded.

 

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1998: Two trucks jackknifed north of Bonners Ferry due to snow and ice. No serious injuries reported. 

1993: Freezing rain fell over much of Eastern Washington causing numerous accidents and road closures.

 

March 5th

2011: An avalanche on the eastern slopes of the Cascades buried a person. 1.90 inches of precipitation fell at Mazama, the most precipitation recorded in the city for a March day.

2004: In a four hour period, 5" of snow fell at Hauser, 4.5" fell at Elk, and 4" fell at Diamond Lake. 47 mph winds caused damage to a store front in Ephrata, Washington.

2003: Strong winds fed through gaps in the Cascades and into the valleys. Sustained winds of near 50 mph were reported near Wenatchee. Mission Ridge received a gust of 94 mph.

1998: A funnel cloud was spotted in Lewiston, Idaho.

 

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2006: A winter storm system brought heavy snow and winds to portions of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. 11 inches fell at Lookout Pass, 9 inches fell at Schweitzer and Silver Mountain, and 6.5 inches fell at Clayton. Winds of up to 55 mph in Moscow and 53 mph in Pullman caused trees to blow down in the area around the two cities. Icy roadways also contributed to several accidents in Whitman county and near Moscow. Several trees fell throughout Latah county and near Pullman. Several hundred people lost power in Moscow, Plummer, and Priest Lake.

2005: Minor Mt. St. Helens Eruption

1997: An avalanche kills a man in the northeast Washington mountains.

 

March 9th

2009: Heavy snow showers fell across northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Many locations received between four and seven inches of snow. In the Spokane area, accumulation rates reached an inch of snow per hour, which contributed to over 100 slide-offs and accidents. A spotter seven miles north of St. Maries picked up a foot of snow; while another spotter five miles west of town picked up eight inches. 4.5 inches of snow fell at Saint John, the most snowfall recorded in the city for a March day.

2006: Heavy snow fell across northern Idaho and northeastern Washington. Snowfall amounts included 8-12 inches at Sagle, 6.5 inches at Sandpoint, and 5 inches at Priest River. Mount Spokane received 21 inches of snow. Icy conditions on I-90 caused several accidents between Osburn and Wallace. No serious injuries were reported.

 

March 10th

2011: Paradise Creek overflew its banks in Moscow. The residents used sandbags and temporary gravel walls to contain the waters. Upstream sensors of the Paradise Creek Basin reported over an inch of rainfall over the two day period.

2004: A snowmobiler was indirectly killed by an avalanche near Bonners Ferry. He was "highmarking" on a 50 degree slope.

 

March 11th

2002: Jet stream winds pointed directly at the east sloped of the Cascades, bringing heavy snow and strong winds. Snowfall totals include: Stevens Pass...25", Holden Village...24", Lake Wenatchee...19.5", and Mazama...14". Mission Ridge recorded sustained winds of 50 mph with a peak gust of 98 mph. The jet winds also pointed towards the Inland Northwest, bringing heavy rains and snowfall, with most the snow occurring above 4000 feet. Snowfall in this region include: Schweitzer Ski Area...14", Mica Creek SNOTEL...14", Lookout Pass Ski Area...13", Lookout SNOTEL...13", Bear Mountain SNOTEL...12", Mosquito Ridge SNOTEL...12", Humboldt SNOTEL...12", and the Sunset SNOTEL...11". The rains at the lower elevations, combined with some melting snowfall, caused some flooding in the Palouse. Highway 27 between Tekoa and Oakesdale was closed for 24 hours due to the rising waters from Pine Creek.

 

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2008: Sundogs in Spokane

March 13th

2020: A very cold winter weather system brought blustery winds and moderate-to-heavy snow to eastern Washington and northern Idaho Panhandle on March 13th & 14th. The heaviest impact occurred overnight on the 13th resulting in over 10,000 homes and businesses without power, injuries, home damage, and numerous Interstate-90 closures. The strongest winds were measured on the Highway 95 corridor from Sandpoint to Rathdrum, where a high volume of crashes occurred. Sandpoint and Sagle, Idaho, had peak winds to 45-55 mph. The closures on I-90, from Spokane to Moses Lake, were due to blowing snow and/or collisions from other weather impacts. They occurred overnight into the early hours of the 14th.

2013: Severe Winds Newman Lake

2011: Record rainfall resulted in several small mud and rock slides near Riverside, WA. The most significant debris flow occurred along Tunk Valley Road. Omak received a record twenty-four hour rainfall of 0.78" the evening of the 13th. The storm system that produced the rain also brought strong winds to Pullman, where several trees were knocked over. Wind gusts were estimated to be as strong as 60 mph, however this may be an overestimate as the strongest gust recorded in the area was 45 mph by the Pullman ASOS around the same time the report came in.

2007: Heavy rain and snowmelt cause the Coeur d'Alene river at Cataldo to exceed flood stage in the early morning. CCC Road was closed and the Cataldo Campground received minor flooding. The Old Mission Landing boat dock at Old Mission State Park was also under water. The majority of the flooding in Kootenai county was to fields and agricultural land. In Shoshone county, Thomson Pass Road at milepost 4 was flooded, causing the road to be closed for two days. The river went back under flood stage in the late afternoon of the 14th.

2001: A surface low moved across northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Combined with unstable air originating from an upper level low, this brought marginally severe wind gusts up to 60 mph throughout the region. These winds caused many trees in the region to collapse, knocking down several power lines down with them and blocking traffic in some areas. Several dozen people in Sandpoint, Priest Lake, Pullman, Moscow, Hayden and Spokane lost power. A power transformer box in Wallace caught fire when a tree fell on it, and a stop sign in the city was also blown off. In a separate event, a 63 mph gust was reported at Alder Ridge.

 

March 14th

2019: There was an over two mile ice jam on the Coeur d’Alene River, above Clee Creek. The jam filled the entire river channel approximately 4-6 feet thick and adjacent to a populated area known as Copper Camp. The deep ice jam created miles worth of road blockages.

 

March 15th

2009: Strong winds were recorded in the Spokane area, where Spokane International Airport recorded a peak wind gust of 66 miles per hour at 4:14 PM PST. The winds damaged a transmission line, which cut power to 6,726 customers on Spokane's South Hill.

 

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2005: 60 mph winds were recorded in the valleys of the Cascades. These winds were responsible for knocking down 15-20 trees northwest of Entiat. Heavy snow was recorded in the mountains of northern Idaho. Nearly all mountain locations above 3000 feet received 12-15 inches of snow through the morning of the 17th.

 

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2004: 50 mph gusts toppled trees and damaged a garage in Republic, Washinton.

 

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2006: A human-induced avalanche occurred 20 miles west of Conconully below Tiffany Mountain, in Brown's Meadow. One person was buried under 30 inches of snow for four hours. He did not survive.

2004: 56 mph gusts were reported  in Kootenai county and 50 mph winds were reported in Sandpoint. These winds caused sporadic power outages.

1994: Icy road conditions four miles north of Colfax killed two people and injured another in an accident.

 

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2011- 1.5 inches of rainfall from the 25th through the 27th caused a landslide southwest of Peshastin. It was reportedly caused as an underground stream surged out of the steep hillside.

 

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2010: Spokane/CDA Windstorm

March 30th

2011: ID and Chelan County Flooding

March 31st

2009: Snow Rollers on the Camas Prairie

2011: Heavy rainfall and snowmelt from the day before led to more flooding across northern Idaho. The emergency manager of Bonner County relayed numerous road damage reports from across the county due to flooding. North Latah County Road Department reported water over portions of Hatter Creek Road, and water over roadways along portions of Randle Flat Creek Road and Driscoll Ridge Road near Troy, Idaho. A landslide was reported on the east slopes of the Cascades.