Randy Mann

Mother Nature leaves a pile of bills

September 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

This extreme weather for 2017 is going to be the costliest in history. The two huge hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, could have a price tag of nearly $300 billion. That's about 25 percent of all the combined natural disasters in the United Stat...

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Western wildfires may set records

September 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

The 2017 fire season in the western U.S. has been described as “the worst in recorded history” by many officials. Smoke has been reported across British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. A...

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Hurricane season expected to become more active

August 28, 2017 at 5:00 am

Last week, I was one of the lucky ones (or crazy ones) to experience the “Great American Eclipse.” I must admit, it was an amazing sight to see the moon covering the sun, even it was just for about a minute and 20 seconds. I was up in north...

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Eclipse is here; so is Farmer’s Almanac winter prediction

August 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

After weeks, months and even years of planning for the big event, the day has finally arrived for the much-anticipated solar eclipse. I have met residents from Oregon who live near the regions of “totality” and they told me that traffic is ...

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Here comes the eclipse and some new facts

August 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

About a month ago, I wrote a feature on the upcoming solar eclipse. In what is considered to be a rare event for this eclipse to be viewed across the U.S., many folks are “gearing up” and, in some cases, planning to travel thousands of mile...

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Pattern of ‘extremes’ continues for our region

August 07, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Inland Northwest continues to endure one extreme weather pattern after another. Many forecasters and scientists are saying this part of the country has been the most “extreme” for 2017 thanks to the cold and wet winter and spring, and n...

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July extremes across our region and the world

July 31, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was certainly a very warm and dry July across the Inland Northwest. According to Cliff’s records, this was the eighth-driest July in history as only 0.03 inches of rain fell. Since 1895, there were seven other years with no measurable pr...

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The driest and wettest places across the globe

July 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

With all the extremes going on across our planet, I do get questions from time-to-time about the wettest and driest places.For the wettest spot in the world, Cherrapunji, located in the Khasi Hills of Assam in northeastern India, holds the ...

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July’s been dry, but weather should ‘flip’ in fall

July 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

Prior to the showers that arrived on Saturday, July 15, Coeur d’Alene had the driest first 14 days of July in history. Cliff tells me that there were 27 other years with no measurable moisture to that date, but there were at least traces in...

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Earthquakes in the Northwest are more frequent

July 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

A rare 5.8 earthquake struck Montana around 12:30 a.m. MDT early Thursday morning. I chatted with many people and the sound sleepers didn’t feel anything. But, many felt the quake as far west as Spokane. My bed shook quite a bit during this...

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