Randy Mann

Our sun may be heading toward a ‘grand minimum’

March 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

New research from the University of California, San Diego has determined that our sun is likely heading toward a large “dimming” phase called the “grand minimum.”Approximately every 11 years, the sun’s sunspot cycle goes through a “minima” ...

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We move the clocks as daylight saving starts on Sunday

March 05, 2018 at 5:00 am

On Sunday, March 11, most U.S. and European residents will move their clocks forward one hour. Daylight saving time is the cycle that starts in the second week of March and ends in the first week of November. The main purpose of this time c...

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La Niña seems to be weakening

February 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

The residents of North Idaho and surrounding regions continue to be in the middle of the “third” winter that should continue into early March. From last week’s column, our “first” winter came in early November and then the “second” one came...

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Drought becoming a concern across parts of the U.S. and Canada

February 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Officially, we’re more than halfway through the winter season, and many are hearing that the “winter is about over.” We’re coming into the middle of February, and Cliff and I keep saying that it’s not the right time to take off those snow t...

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It was an active week along the ‘Ring of Fire’

January 29, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Weatherwise, it’s been an unusual January across North Idaho. There has been plenty of moisture, as Cliff has measured over 4 inches as of early Sunday. The normal for rain and melted snowfall is 3.77 inches.However, much of the moisture th...

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Fresh water is a precious resource for people in many parts of the world

January 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Not much snow has fallen across the Coeur d’Alene area over the last week. Since last Sunday, only 0.3 inches of the white stuff was measured at Cliff’s station. For the season, as of early Sunday, there has been a total of 48.6 inches of s...

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Weather extremes are off to a fast start for 2018

January 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

Our last big storm across the Coeur d’Alene area late last week created a slushy mess in many spots. At Cliff’s station, nearly 6 inches of snow fell from that system, bringing our seasonal total to 48.3 inches. The normal for an entire sea...

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Weather and climate disasters mar 2017

January 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been updating the weather and climate disasters for 2017. As of mid-December, there were 16 major events that had losses of $1 billion or more across the United States. Since 1980, the...

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Will La Nina bring us a lot of snow this season?

December 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

The weather pattern in early December over the western states has “not been typical” of a La Nina event. As mentioned in previous columns, La Nina is the abnormal cooling of sea-surface temperatures along the Equatorial regions.Cliff tells ...

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White Christmas? Maybe! Deep snow? Maybe not!

December 04, 2017 at 5:00 am

We’re now into the final month of 2017 and many folks have asked, “Are we going to see a White Christmas this year?”Well, based on the current weather patterns and the fact that we have a weak, cooler than normal sea-surface temperature eve...

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