Washington State Magazine

Fall 2011 Earth, Wind and Food

Fall 2011

Earth, Wind - and Food

In This Issue...


A Fine Thin Skin—wind, water, volcanoes, and ice :: Different as they seem, the soils of Eastern and Western Washington have one thing in common. They come—either by water, wind, or ice—generally from elsewhere. And what takes eons to form can be covered over or erode away in a geologic heartbeat. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Map: Washington soils }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: How you contribute to soil health }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: When soil goes sour }

Above & Beyond :: In the spring of 1792, George Vancouver praised “the delightful serenity of the weather.” A few years later, William Clark complained of a dour winter that was “cloudy, dark and disagreeable.” How right they both were. Weather patterns determined by mountains and ocean grant the Pacific Northwest a temperate climate that also has a dark and unpredictable side. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Links: Links to weather news, AgWeatherNet, and other resources for following Pacific Northwest weather }

Billions Served :: Seven billion people will soon become nine billion before the global population levels off. Can so many people be fed from a finite Earth? Yes, they can, say WSU researchers. But the solutions will necessarily be many. by Eric Sorensen


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Images of Antarctica: WSU geochemist Jeff Vervoort and interior design assistant professor Kathleen Ryan discuss their exhibit of photos from the frozen continent. }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Puzzle: Creature crossings: A lesson in teaching the nature of science }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Valley View Fires of 2008 and Firewise Community Produced by the Spokane County Conservation District }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Map: Historic wildfires of the Pacific Northwest }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: How to protect your home from wildfires }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Small forest management }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Project: Coug-o-lantern Stencils for carving the WSU Cougar head logo on pumpkins }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Illustrations: Plans and sketches for new WSU football facilities and Martin Stadium }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Recipes: Pumpkin recipes }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Interactive photo: Tour the Admiralty Head Lighthouse }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Cougar logo through the years }

New media

:: The Docks by Bill Sharpsteen ’80

:: L.A. Rendezvous by Charles Argersinger

:: A Chinaman’s Chance by Alex Kuo

Cover photo: “Small Forest in the Palouse Hills” by Chip Phillips

Fall 2011
Web Exclusives
A tornado near Lake Roosevelt in the spring of 2003. <em>National Weather Service/NOAA</em>

A tornado near Lake Roosevelt in the spring of 2003. National Weather Service/NOAA

Watching the weather in the Pacific Northwest

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You can follow the mercurial weather of the Pacific Northwest with a number of resources from Washington State University and other weather websites.

AgWeatherNet :: Access to raw weather data from the Washington State University weather network, along with decision aids. AWN includes 136 weather stations located mostly in the irrigated regions of eastern Washington State but the network has undergone significant expansion in Western Washington and in dry land regions of the state. The AWN network is administered and managed by the AgWeatherNet team located at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, WA but is programmatically linked to efforts at other WSU research and extension centers. All of the weather data and value-added weather products available on this site and related sites are made possible by weather-monitoring hardware strategically deployed throughout Washington.

Pacific Northwest forecast :: Forecasts normally updated every hour from the National Weather Service.

Weather radio :: Washington state's "All-Hazards" Warning System from the National Weather Service. Listen to weather alerts for a number of regional cities. Some are available online, and the website lists the frequency for all weather alert stations.

Weather.com :: Regular updates and weather-watching tools from The Weather Channel.

Intellicast Pacific Northwest regional map :: Weather news and maps from Intellicast.

AccuWeather for Washington :: News and maps for communities in Washington and other states from AccuWeather.

Severe storm information :: Information on severe storms, including a resource guide, from Washington state's Emergency Management Division.

National Climatic Data Center :: The world's largest archive of climate data, housed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Extensive interactive maps and records of weather and climate.

Be a Weather Spotter :: The National Weather Service welcomes volunteers who want to be weather spotters in the Pacific Northwest. Any individual or weather enthusiast can be weather spotter volunteer. Spotter training is available online from the National Weather Service web page or conducted by National Weather Service personnel seaonally. (Spotter information from the National Weather Service, Spokane office)

Weatherwise magazine :: A periodical featuring articles on meteorology and climate, photographs of weather, and expert columns on weather.

Read more about Pacific Northwest weather in "Above & Beyond"

Categories: Environmental studies, Earth sciences | Tags: Weather, Meteorology