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Hydrologic Outlook issued February 13 at 2:55PM PST until February 14 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...MILD, WET, AND BREEZY CONDITIONS MAY LEAD TO STREAM RISES... AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEKEND AND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. EXPECT RISING SNOW LEVELS AND MILD TEMPERATURES LEADING TO MELTING OF THE MID AND LOW ELEVATION SNOW. THE SNOW MELT IN COMBINATION WITH RAIN MAY LEAD TO RISES ON MANY OF THE AREA`S STREAMS. TEMPERATURES ON MONDAY...TUESDAY AND

Today

Hi48° Slight Chance Rain and Patchy Fog then Cloudy

Tonight

Lo39° Mostly Cloudy

Washington's Birthday

Hi56° Mostly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo41° Partly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi54° Partly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo40° Mostly Cloudy

Wednesday

Hi49° Chance Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo38° Chance Rain

Thursday

Hi46° Slight Chance Showers

Thursday Night

Lo32° Mostly Cloudy

A quick historical note....

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Amazing. In this day of instant communication, where someone can see and make a video of something happening in Moscow and make it visable to the world in a matter of seconds, it's difficult to imagine a time when this wasn't possible.

Trust me, little ones, it wasn't. And it took a long time for it to become reality, but the first step was made 50 years ago today, when the first live telecast to and from Europe was bounced off a satellite, Telstar I to be precise. I can't find a copy of the original broadcast, but Walter Cronkite described the first broadcast to and from Europe for "All Things Considered" in 2002......

To show you the power of instant communication, Cronkite talks about JFK's news conference, which was being beamed across the ocean, and the immediate result. It's amazing stuff.

Of course, someone had to make some money off it. In this case, rock and roll. British writer/producer Joe Meek....whose story is strange and unique in its own right.....put The Tornados in the studio, and by mid August, released this....

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.....which not only went to the top of the charts, but was the first British single to top the Billboard Hot 100.

The sorta sad part is Telstar I only worked for about 8 months. It seemed its transistors were fried by radiation caused by atmospheric nuclear testing which was "popular" at the time. But irregardless, the next time you post a cell phone video on You Tube, just remember that if it wasn't for events 50 years ago today (July 23, 1962), you might still be locked to a landline.