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Air Stagnation Advisory issued December 17 at 9:42AM PST until December 19 at 12:00PM PST by NWS

..LIGHT WINDS AND INVERSIONS WILL PERSIST THROUGH MUCH OF THE WORKWEEK. THIS WILL LEAD TOWARD STAGNANT AIR CONDITIONS OVER MUCH OF CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON. ...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST FRIDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND STABLE CONDITIONS WILL INCREASE

This Afternoon

Hi38° Rain/Snow Likely

Tonight

Lo31° Chance Rain

Thursday

Hi37° Chance Rain

Thursday Night

Lo32° Rain/Snow Likely

Friday

Hi40° Chance Rain/Snow

Friday Night

Lo30° Slight Chc Rain/Snow

Saturday

Hi37° Chance Rain/Snow

Saturday Night

Lo34° Rain

Sunday

Hi41° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo38° Chance Rain

A loud holiday of futility and fire

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It was dusk on this beautiful Fourth of July. I set off from Leavenworth for home before 10 p.m., expecting a peaceful drive down the Wenatchee Valley. Somewhere near Peshastin I heard an explosion, and then another. There were bright flashes, ahead, behind, port and starboard. Across the river rockets streaked skyward, as if someone had given the command to open fire. There was plenty of red glare, bombs bursting in air. The long American tradition of celebrating freedom by blowing things up was at full roar.

Every one of those rockets was illegal. It is a crime just to possess them. The fireworks possessors had committed another crime when they lit the fuse. This was a holiday celebrated by mass misdemeanor. I imagined the fireworks police patrols would be out in force, the deputies boarding their armored personnel carriers to enter the battle zones. From the looks of things there would be mass arrests, a sensible response to mass lawlessness.

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