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Winter Weather Advisory issued December 05 at 8:08PM PST until December 06 at 7:00AM PST by NWS

...HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OVER PORTIONS OF THE COLUMBIA BASIN TONIGHT WITH LIGHT TO MODERATE ACCUMULATIONS WENATCHEE AND MOSES LAKE AREAS... .A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL SPREAD SNOW ACROSS PARTS OF EASTERN WASHINGTON BEGINNING TONIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF TUESDAY MORNING. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM PST

Overnight

Lo23° Chance Snow

Tuesday

Hi30° Isolated Snow Showers then Mostly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo13° Mostly Clear

Wednesday

Hi24° Mostly Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo15° Mostly Cloudy then Chance Snow

Thursday

Hi24° Snow Likely

Thursday Night

Lo20° Snow

Friday

Hi32° Chance Snow

Friday Night

Lo25° Chance Snow

Saturday

Hi36° Slight Chance Snow

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.