Summer solstice: Traditions around the world

In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice has a history of stirring libidos, and it’s no wonder. The longest day of the year tends to kick off the start of the summer season and with it, the harvest. So it should come as no surprise that the solstice is linked to fertility — both of the vegetal and human variety — in destinations around the world. “A lot of children are born nine months after Midsummer in Sweden,” says Jan-Öjvind […]

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It’s hot, but snow still piled high at Artist Point

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — June around the Puget Sound is in full swing, with temperatures hitting the mid-80s. But you’d never know it by looking at the latest pictures from Whatcom County’s Artist Point. The Washington State Department of Transportation released new photos of the departments annual snow removal from the popular viewpoint. Artist Point is located more than 5,000 feet above sea level, and is typically buried under snow until July. WSDOT officials said when crews first started digging out the […]

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Did You Know?: Mosquitoes kill more people than animals with teeth

DALLAS — The sun is out and so are the bugs! Did you know mosquitoes drain around 1.6 million gallons of blood from humans each year? According to Mega Catch, mosquitoes are classified as the the most dangerous creature in the world. Those little buggers kill more humans than sharks, snakes, bears, and lions combined. Mosquitoes are also attracted to heat. So working out, playing outside, anything that gets your heart pumping is basically a welcome sign for mosquitoes to drink […]

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Seriously, snow in June? Travelers who plan to drive over Stevens Pass take note

SEATTLE — It might be June,  and less than two weeks from the official start of summer, but the National Weather Service warned Friday that snow levels in the mountains could fall to 4,000 to 5,000 feet this weekend. “The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement regarding travel into the mountains this weekend,” Q13 News Meteorologist Tim Joyce said Friday night. “Much colder than normal temperatures are expected.  Accumulating snow above 4,000 feet is possible Saturday and […]

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Seattle the next Saint-Tropez? Not quite, but Mediterranean climate trends continue

SEATTLE — One look outside Thursday would have most people thinking otherwise. Gray, windy and 64 degrees. Snow in the mountains over the weekend.   The idea that Seattle is anything like Saint-Tropez in the summer seems laughable. But given current climate trends, a more Mediterranean-climate is not too far off, said NOAA Climatologist Nick Bond “A Mediterranean climate by definition is one that is wet in the winter time and dry in the summer time,” Bond said. “We already are […]

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Hail storm wreaks havoc on North Texas neighborhoods

COPPELL — Although summer is practically here in Texas, mother nature had a different message for parts of North Texas early Wednesday morning. Some areas took a heavy pounding during the storm that rolled in, bringing with it baseball and even grapefruit sized hail. After midnight the National Weather Service declared the storm severe and sent out warnings to Denton and Collin County, but Coppell was one of the worst areas hit. “It just started sounding like pellets, and then it […]

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Seattle’s ‘June Gloom’ explained: Why it tends to be so gray this time of year

June gloom. June-uary. It seems like every June brings gray skies instead of summer sunshine. Q13 News Meteorologist M.J. McDermott says the term “June Gloom” is widely used in California where the pattern of morning clouds with partial afternoon clearing is a popular term from Santa Barbara to San Diego. The reason is the combination of cold ocean water making fog and a ridge of high pressure keeping the atmosphere stagnant so that the low marine clouds can just hang […]

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‘Tornado timeout’: Video shows dust devil whipping through infield during children’s baseball game

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Some wild moments on the field during a children’s baseball game in Illinois. Libertyville Firefighters tweeted a video of a dust devil whipping up, and said, “We had a slight tornado delay at the Libertyville Memorial Day Travel Baseball Tournament.” We had a slight tornado delay at the Libertyville Memorial Day Travel Baseball Tournament @Skilling @WGNTV @WGNMorningNews @LYBWildcats pic.twitter.com/qasCblelQ1 — Libertyville Firefighters (@IAFFLocal3892) May 26, 2018 The Washington Post reported that Mike Weaver,  a lieutenant for the Libertyville […]

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