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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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2006: Heavy rains lead to flooding in parts of Bonner county. Roads were washed out in Clark Fork, stranding 100-150 families. Lightning Creek reported washouts of 700 feet long and 15 feet deep. Road damage estimated at $2 million. Icicle Creek and the East Wenatchee Rivers also flooded in Chelan county. In the town of Peshastin, a lodge reported several lower rooms were flooded. 2.93 inches of rain fell at Leavenworth, the most precipitation to fall there for a November day.

2004: Aurora Borealis

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2000: Early Season Snow Storm

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November  11th

2011: 45-50 mph winds were recorded in Spokane, which toppled several trees and caused numerous power outages. Heavy snow fell across the mountains of the Idaho panhandle from the late afternoon of the 11th into the morning of the 12th. Eight to eleven inches of snow fell, primarily above 4,000 feet.

2003: Windy conditions developed over southeastern Washington. The winds got up to 43 mph. The winds knocked down a tree in Asotin, which damaged a house.

1992: Several inches of snow fell in Spokane, causing numerous accidents, knocking down trees and breaking power lines, severing power around the city.

November 12th

2008: Heavy rain led to flooding across portions of Chelan county. The Stehekin River at Stehekin exceeded flood stage. Residences reported some water over Stehekin Valley Road near High Bridge. The White River near Lake Wenatchee also flooded a portion of White River Road.

2007: High and damaging winds were reported at Oroville and Republic. Wind gusts up to 80 mph were recorded in Oroville. These winds pulled up a tree by its roots and damaged the roof of a home. In Republic, 60-70 MPH winds occurred. Republic lost power from 12:30 PM through 7:30 PM. Numerous trees were blown down and a large branch fell on a car. Property damage from this storm is estimated at $7,000.

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2006: High winds were reported across Eastern Washington and northern Idaho, with high gusts occurring in Coeur d'Alene, the Central Panhandle Mountains, the Palouse, and over south Nez Perce county in Idaho, and through the Columbia Basin. 87 mph gusts were reported in Pomeroy, 76 mph gusts were reported in Garfield and Asotin, 71 mph winds were reported south of Moscow, and 61 mph gusts were reported south of Waha. Several trees and power lines were blown over by the winds. Trees fell on homes in Moscow, Pinehurst and Post Falls, one fell on a business in Coeur d'Alene and another fell on a car in Moscow. Roofs were blown off at Washington State University and at a high school in Garfield. An airport in Colfax had an airplane flipped over. A semi-truck was pushed off Highway 95 north of Colfax. A fallen branch pierced the windshield of a car in Spokane.

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2010: A strong cold front brought very windy conditions to eastern Washington and northern Idaho in the evening of the 15th and the early morning of the 16th. Numerous power outages and down trees were reported during the storm. The trees damaged several cars and homes. A portion of the High School roof in Clarkston was blown off. A communications tower atop the Asotin County Jail was blown over. In Pullman, shingles were blown off of homes. One particular tree in Pullman landed on a portion of a home, destroying a collectable car, boat, travel trailer, and golf cart. Estimated damage from this report was $40,000. In Albion shingles were blown off the post office roof. In East Wenatchee the winds blew a carport 300 feet. Large trees were uprooted in a park in La Crosse, as well as a tent structure blown over and wrapped around a tree. Part of a roof was also blown off a structure. Eleven power poles were blown down near Potlatch on Highway 95 closing the road. In Moscow, 15 to 20 vehicles were damaged by falling trees. Moscow, Potlatch, Troy, and Genesee Schools were closed due to widespread power outages. Wind gusts reported during the storm in miles per hour include: 85 in Pullman, 64 Wenatchee, 63 Uniontown, 59 Ephrata, 58 in Beverly, 64 in Lewiston, 63 at Mission Creek RAWS, and 61 at Corral Creek RAWS.

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2003: Heavy snow fell across the Cascades, eastern Washington and northern Idaho, lasting until the morning of the 17th. Remote SNOTEL weather stations in Idaho received between 6 and 14 inches of snow, and SNOTEL stations in Washington received 10 to 20 inches. Holden Village received 8-10 inches, Chewelah Mountain got 9 inches, and Mazama recorded 5 inches. 60 mph winds were reported through the valleys near the Cascades. An 80-foot tall pine tree in Wenatchee was tipped over by 60 mph winds.

November  17th

2015: A historic wind storm affected the Inland Northwest during the day, with winds peaking in the late afternoon/evening. At 4 am PST on November 17th a low pressure system of 994 mb was located just off the south central British Columbia coast. By 4 pm PST the system had moved eastward to southwestern Alberta and the central pressure of the system had fallen to 984 mb. The magnitude of this storm along with the rapidly deepening low pressure of this system contributed to the strength of the winds over Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Spokane International Airport gusted to 71 mph, the strongest ever recorded during the late autumn and winter months based on data collected from 1949 to the present. The onset of the windy conditions for most locations was around 8 am in the morning. The winds increased through the day and hit the maximum in the 3 pm to 8 pm time frame. In general the winds subsided after 8 pm, with a few high elevation locations reporting strong winds until midnight. (Blog post from the day before the event)

2003: A funnel cloud was observed northeast of Stratford. 

November  18th

2003: 60 mph winds were recorded in the eastern Columbia Basin. A tree fell on a car in Ritzville, and another fell on a house in Spokane. A tree also fell in Coeur d'Alene.

November  19th

2016: The first satellite in the series, GOES-R, launched on November 19, 2016, and became GOES-16 when it reached geostationary orbit. GOES-16 replaced GOES-13 as NOAA's operational GOES East satellite on December 18, 2017. More info.

2003: Strong low-level jet winds descended over eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Trees fell on power lines and homes at Lake Pend Oreille, Coeur d'Alene, Newport and Spokane. 16,000 people in Spokane's South Hill neighborhood lost power. Roofs were blown off at Colfax and at Fairchild Air Force Base, where the winds reached 68 mph.

1996: Spokane Ice Storm

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2010: A deep low pressure system in Oregon combined with high pressure over British Columbia brought extreme northerly winds and blizzard like conditions for northern Idaho and eastern Washington from the late afternoon of the 21st through the late morning of the 23rd. Washington's Emergency Operations Center was activated during this storm. There were numerous school closures and traffic accidents. Approximately 30 crashes and slide offs were reported at Coeur D'Alene. Whiteout conditions with blowing and drifting snow was reported along Interstate 90 in Post Falls. In Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene visibility dropped to below a mile with frequent wind gusts over 35 miles per hour. Portions of State Routes 2, 21, 23, 27, 28, 195, 231, and 261 were closed due to heavy snow, blowing snow, and drifting snow. In Grant County, Washington State Patrol responded to about four dozen snow related incidents, including vehicles sliding off roadways or becoming stuck in drifts. At least 13 vehicles were reported sliding off Interstate 90 in the Sprague area. In Wenatchee police responded to 34 traffic accidents due to slick roads. One mile west of Wenatchee, two people were injured when losing control on the snow and ice. In Chelan, a large locust tree was blown over and damaged a fence. Snow accumulations in ranged from four to eight inches, except for 12 inches reported in Moscow. 9 inches fell in Colfax and 7 miles north of Newport. 9 inches fell at La Crosse on the 23rd, the most snowfall recorded in the city for a November day.

1996: Several rooftops collapsed in Bonner's Ferry due to large snowfall amounts.

1992: Five inches of snow fell across the panhandle over a 12 hour period. Trees were snapped and 3000 people were left without power overnight due to numerous broken utility lines.

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2005: A storm system moved across eastern Washington during the night of the 24th and into the morning hours of the 25th. The storm brought a mix of freezing rain and snow to the Waterville Plateau in Douglas county. Ice accumulations of up to 7 inches caused 13 transmission towers on Badger Mountain to become damaged. No power outages were reported because the power was rerouted. Damage estimates were around $250,000.

1996: A barn collapsed in Kootenai county due to snow, killing 7 cows. 2-4 inches fell in Spokane, while crews were still trying to restore power after the ice storm on the 19th. 5.5 inches of snow fell at Ritzville, the most snowfall recorded in the city for a November day.

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2019: One individual convective snow shower traveled directly over Interstate-90 and dropped 0.6” of snow at the Spokane International Airport. The roads became slippery and icy quickly. There were numerous multi-car collisions on a stretch of I-90 between Spokane and Medical Lake. The collisions involved nearly 125 cars, in both directions on the interstate. I-90 was completely closed for many hours to clean up. Five people were sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.   


November  27th

2019: A strong low pressure system over central Oregon and high pressure to our north produced a very strong pressure gradient across eastern Washington and northern Idaho Panhandle. As a result, strong winds, with gusts to 45-55 mph, damaged homes, downed power lines, and downed trees. The majority of the gusty wind impacts were reported in the following counties: north Idaho (Kootenai, Bonner) and Washington (Spokane, Pend Oreille). Numerous downed trees were reported to be blocking roads and damaging homes. At the peak of the event, in the late morning and early afternoon, several thousand homes were without power.


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1995: The St. Joe river exceeds flood stage on this day. The Potlatch river also exceeds flood stage. Kootenai county declares a state of emergency due to the floods, which affected numerous homes, flooded many roads and destroyed much property.

1994: Strong winds down over 50 power poles, damaged cars, primarily in Kootenai county, and causing highway 41 to close for several hours.

1992: Sustained winds from 40-55 mph were recorded at Silver Mountain, near Kellogg. The winds gusted up to 82mph.