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Flash Flood Watch issued August 21 at 9:43PM PDT until August 22 at 9:00PM PDT by NWS

...STORMS TONIGHT AND FRIDAY MAY PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING OR MUD SLIDES OVER NORTH CASCADE BURN SCARS... .SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO FRIDAY EVENING. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL BE A POSSIBILITY IN AREAS RECENTLY BURNED BY WILDFIRES...INCLUDING THE CARLTON...CHIWAUKUM...LITTLE BRIDGE CREEK... DUNCAN...MILLS

Today

Hi80° Scattered Thunderstorms

Tonight

Lo63° Scattered Showers

Saturday

Hi82° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo58° Mostly Clear

Sunday

Hi84° Slight Chc Showers

Sunday Night

Lo64° Partly Cloudy

Monday

Hi86° Mostly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo62° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi91° Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo64° Mostly Clear

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If you have a yearning for good news, take yourself down by the riverside and gaze at the waters of the mighty Columbia. Somewhere beneath the surface swims a spring chinook salmon run that may be the fifth most abundant on record. Consider that salmon are so plentiful that the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has opened the Wenatchee River to chinook fishing for the first time in 20 years. About 20,000 spring chinook salmon have passed Rock Island Dam, every one a full-fledged member of a federally protected endangered species. Forecasters expect more than 243,000 spring chinook to enter the Columbia.

Salmon of course are not mere incidental visitors. They symbolize nature’s bounty. They are at the very heart of the Northwest native culture, and we collectively have spent decades trying to rectify the damage modern society has inflicted upon them. Regional investment in salmon runs may be more than $1 billion a year. Scientists can’t tell you exactly why this year’s run is so strong, but it very well may be an indication we are doing something right. It is crucial to our well-being that our investment pay off in the form of returning salmon. This year, maybe it has.

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