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Winter Storm, Flooding and Critical Fire Weather Concerns Today

A winter storm will affect portions of New England through tonight with several inches of snow in the forecast. Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest will see more heavy rainfall from a series of storms that may bring more flooding and potential landslides. For the western High Plains and southern California, strong winds and dry conditions will keep fire weather threats critical. Read More >


On the evening of July 23rd, Alan Birdsell spotted noctilucent clouds over western Spokane.


Noctilucent Clouds near Spokane, WA


Noctilucent Clouds near Spokane, WA




These clouds are located much higher (about 50 miles) than the typical clouds (0-12 miles). They are most frequently visible at higher latitudes (50-70N) during the summer. They are composed entirely of ice and typically are invisble during the day. The best time for viewing them is after sunset during the twilight hours.

Noctilucent Cloud Viewing