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North Cascades snow conditions are hazardous

North Cascades snow conditions are hazardous

Officials at the North Cascades National Park Service Complex are recommending that, because of hazardous snow conditions in the North Cascades, potential backcountry visitors should approach spring climbing routes with heightened awareness and training during the next several weeks. In a press release, park managers suggested that the backcountry users contact the Wilderness Information Center...
Welcome to winter — at last

Welcome to winter 
— at last

By Ann McCreary
You know all those winter storms battering the Midwest and East Coast that we’ve been hearing about here in the Pacific Northwest? “Those were our storms,” according to
Arctic blast expected to bring sub-zero temperatures

Arctic blast expected to bring sub-zero temperatures

By Ann McCreary
Bitterly cold arctic air is expected to keep temperatures in the Methow Valley about 20 to 30 degrees below normal until the weekend, with wind chill factors in …
Before the storm

Before the storm

Washington Pass on the North Cascades Highway was calm and clear late last week before high winds and heavy snowfall prompted the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to temporarily close the highway on Sunday (Dec. 1). On Tuesday (Dec. 3), WSDOT announced that the highway has been closed for the season, from the Silver...

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Welcome to Weatherwatch

Welcome to Weatherwatch

Bill Biddle wrote Weatherwatch for the Methow Valley News for nearly 20 years before his death in June 2012. His love of the valley, nature and poetry converged in his monthly columns, which are as entertaining as they are revealing in local weather patterns. Read a moving tribute to Bill Biddle by his former editor...

The final Weatherwatch: June 2012

Editor’s note: Bill Biddle has been writing Weatherwatch for the Methow Valley News for nearly 20 years. He died June 7, 2012, a few days after submitting this column. According to his son Peter, Bill said that his fascination with weather began when he was looking out the window in Latin class watching the clouds...

Weatherwatch: October 2010

OCTOBER By Bill Biddle Oktoberfest, ja? Oktoberfest, ja! Yes, the beginning of October will be one to raise our steins to in an exultant exclamation that this beautiful valley exists. Last month Weatherwatch exulted in the Indian summer days that lay ahead, and now, lo and behold, the first of at least two more Indian...

Weatherwatch: September 2010

SEPTEMBER By Bill Biddle Autumn came early to the Methow as forecast in the August Weatherwatch. The “noticeable cool down during the fourth and final week” occurred with temperatures in the mid 30s on the last Friday in August. September will get colder faster than normal. Near the equinox days on the 21st, 22nd and...

Weatherwatch: July 2010

JULY By Bill Biddle   Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day! I’ve got a beautiful feeling, Everything’s going my way!   Summertime, dear, and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’, and the cotton is high.   Yes, summer is here in the Methow Valley – finally! The rivers and creeks...