Environment

Over 100 Years Of Bird Counting

Dec 28, 2017
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The 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count, organized by the Audubon Society, is in full swing. The event dates back to Christmas Day 1900 and has been held in Cache Valley since 1955. 

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In the Namib Desert of southern Africa, strange circles dot the landscape as regularly as polka-dots on a dress. The bare spots are ringed by lush grass. These structures are known as fairy circles.  The fairy circles repeat for miles – and how they came to be is hotly debated. Scientists are divided regarding their origin:  animal or vegetable?

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Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, also known as FERC, formally accepted the state’s application for the Lake Powell Pipeline. This notice affirms that the proposed 140-mile pipeline, which would draw water from the Colorado River to serve southwestern Utah communities is ready for environmental analysis and public comment. 

Utah City Leaders Commit To Improve Air Quality

Dec 19, 2017
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Park City leaders committed to be a net-zero community more than a year ago. Now other cities in Utah are committing to do the same.

When Park City announced it would become a 100 percent renewable energy municipality by 2022, the Sierra Club helped get the word out and build support within the community.

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When pollution settles over Utah's valleys in the wintertime, sometimes creating the dirtiest air in the country, some residents don breathing masks to protect themselves.

Experts say they aren't necessarily a cure-all. The masks usually aren't tight-fitting enough to protect a person's lungs and they don't have filters fine enough to stop the tiny particulate matter that is harmful.

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A dirty layer of winter air is hovering over many northern Utah cities as an inversion sets in that is expected to last for days, if not weeks.

National Weather Service meteorologist Pete Wilensky said Friday that a high-pressure system over much of the U.S. West is leading to the murky winter air that causes problems for people with asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

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Salt Lake City has hit record-high temperatures two days in a row.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City says the city hit 68 degrees at 2:20 a.m. Monday, breaking the 1998 mark of 67 degrees.

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Utah's October rainfall was 80 percent lower than the month's average.

Historically, October has been the start of the state's rainy season. Most of the month's rainfall this year, however, was in isolated mountainous areas and was extremely sparse.

Utah 'HeatRisk' Warnings Available For Public Use

Jul 25, 2017
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With record high temperatures this summer, Utahns can now better address and prepare for the heat with a new public heat advisory statement system.

Heavy Rain, Flooding Hits Kane County

Jul 10, 2017
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Authorities in southern Utah say the town of Kanab has been dealing with flooding after being hit by sudden heavy rainfall.

The Kane County Sheriff's Office issued a call for people to come help fill sandbags after at least an inch of rain fell Sunday night. The surrounding area also got 2 inches of rain.

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A record-setting heat wave is passing through parts of Utah for several days.

The National Weather Service announced that the temperature at the Salt Lake City Airport reached 105 degrees on Wednesday, surpassing the 104 record set in 1973.

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Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States, causing hundreds of fatalities each year. The National Weather Service is forecasting heat risks to help reduce the number of weather related deaths nationally, including Utah.

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Northern Utah residents woke up to find snow covering their lawns, trees and flowering plants in a fairly rare late spring storm.

In many neighborhoods around the Salt Lake City area, preset sprinklers watered lawns covered in snow.

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A spring snowstorm is headed for the mountains of northern Utah and a flood warning has been extended for the Provo River northeast of Orem and Provo.

The National Weather Service says the river will remain at or near flood stage below the Deer Creek Reservoir through at least Friday morning.

Utah Avalanche Center Issues Avalanche Warning

Jan 4, 2017
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The Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center in Salt Lake City has issued a backcountry avalanche warning in effect from 1 p.m, Tuesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.

This weekend, a slow-moving winter storm will impact Utah beginning Friday afternoon and lasting through Sunday night.

The entire state will see accumulating snow through Sunday, but the mountains will reach the largest amounts of snow. The northern mountains are predicted to receive one to two feet of snow, while the southern mountains are predicted to receive 10 to 20 inches. Valleys North of 1-70 are expected to receive 4 to 8 inches of snow.

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The Utah Climate Center has released a new inversion forecast for Utah, which predicts a return to inversion conditions through the end of next week, before a cleaning period begins mid-February.

Inversion Here to Stay: At Least Until February

Jan 22, 2013

The latest climate forecast for the inversion changes the predictions for the coming inversion. Rob Gilles said this current inversion is shaping up to be a much bigger event, rather than a single instance.

"What was predicted to be a late January to early February probability of inversion is now connected to the current ridging and together form a huge event," he said. 

A cold front is a-comin' but we could enjoy some above-average temperatures while we wait for it.

Friday Forecast - 3/30

Mar 30, 2012

Warm and windy and very spring-like weather all over the state. Listen to the UCC forecast for temps and a little window into the weekend.

Thursday Forecast - 3/29

Mar 29, 2012

A tasty forecast today. It will make you hungry to go outdoors.

Clear skies then increasing clouds, wind, and possible precipitation. Listen to the forecast from the Utah Climate Center for details on how this will affect your neck of the woods.

Tuesday Forecast - 3/27

Mar 27, 2012

Yesterday's little disturbance has moved on and things are warming up quite nicely across Utah. Learn more about the warming trend from our knowledgeable friends at the Utah Climate Center.

Thursday Forecast - 3/22

Mar 22, 2012

Today's forecast is an amazing extended metaphor for an intensifying trough. Translation: "It's spring! And it's beautiful!"

A weather rebound! Listen to today's forecast from the Utah Climate Center for the upbeat details.

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