Washington

Willingham keeps his job as UW football coach

The UW is keeping football coach Ty Willingham, who has a 11-25 record in three seasons as head coach and who is paid $1.4 million a year. According to the P-I, the Huskies under Willingham has had two of the worse defenses in team history. This year, the defense gave up 446 yards per game.

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Fun with climate data: divergent rainfall totals

After the deluge, at 23.09 inches, we are still well below normal in rainfall for the calendar year, according to measurement at the National Weather Service forecast office at Sand Point in Seattle. But at Sea-Tac Airport, the total for the year (35.44 inches) is above normal after yesterday's rain.

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Storm coverage roundup

We'll update this as we find more and better stuff. The best explanation of where this weather came from is in The Oregonian. The Oregon Coast was probably hit hardest, and the paper also has an interactive Google map of stories and photos – best mash-up I've seen in a breaking-news situation. The Seattle Times also has a mash-up, locating photos and reports submitted by readers. Storm roundups by location and/or publication:

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Record rain, landslides, flooding ...

Pretty much all hell is breaking loose and sliding downhill throughout the region today. The best place to get an overview of what's going wrong in metro Seattle is at the Regional Public Information Network site, a clearinghouse for official news – an Emergency Broadcast System of the Web. The Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer both have stories posted that are being updated, and the Times has a Google Maps mash-up of flood reports from readers.

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Northwest wind-gust forecast for 10 a.m.

The numbers on this image from the National Weather Service, which forecasts wind gusts for 10 a.m. Pacific time, are in knots. Quick conversion: Oregon and Washington coast: 71, 78, and 82 mphBellingham: 54 mphSeattle: 50 mphPortland: 44 mph Current weather warnings for: Western Washington, Oregon. Metro Puget Sound Regional Public Information Network with government-issued warnings and other news.

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The UW prez now examines Ty Willingham's 11-25 record

The University of Washington Huskies football offense looked formidable the first time it was shown this season, and such was the case on the final occasion. Unfortunately, first appearances, as many divorcees and used-car buyers know, can be deceiving. Yes, the "O" looked pretty promising that first time out: last spring at the annual intra-squad game. The last time, Saturday night, Dec. 1, in Honolulu, the Dawgs hustled up a 21-0 lead against unbeaten Hawaii, mainly on turnovers and an impressive running game. But the now 12-0 Hawaii Warriors prevailed as an intoxicatingly hot Saturday night in paradise became a cold-sober Sunday morning in Seattle. The Huskies failed to score during the second half, losing 35-28 and finishing another bad-Dawg season 4-9.

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Post-Proposition 1, Tacoma starts dating other regional friends

Regionalists are trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again, after the defeat of Proposition 1, which was a blow to the effort to think regionally, act boldly. One key figure is Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg, who heads the Sound Transit board and other regional committees. In an interview last week, Ladenburg noted one consequence of the defeat of Prop. 1 may be the creation of a rival regional grouping, combining Pierce, Thurston, and Kitsap Counties. That would be a new kind of Hanseatic League, yoking the booming cities of Tacoma, Bremerton, and Olympia. If it happens, it might be a needed shock to get Seattle's attention.

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Hurricane warning on the coast

Well, sort of. For those of you who plan to do a little boating on the Pacific Ocean this weekend, you might want to know about this hurricane-force wind warning for Sunday night and Monday. A mere gale warning is in effect as of this writing.

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Toxic sludge in Oso threatens emergency crews

Sewage, propane, and household solvents are among the toxins officials worry about during cleanup efforts.

REUTERS

Natural gas plant on Columbia River explodes, injuring 5

Witnesses describe huge blast, 30-50 foot plume of flames, and black smoke. Storage tank gouged by shrapnel has a leak, and a two-mile zone is at the risk of further explosion.

TRI-CITY HERALD (KENNEWICK)

Today is the last day of the rainiest March ever

Rainfall records across Western Washington were broken this month, including at SeaTac, where there hasn't been this much rain since the late 19th century.

KPLU-FM

"Everybody needs dessert."

Sultan chocolatier Kathryne Paz shares her sweets with as many as possible, including those struggling in her community.

HERALD (EVERETT)

Mudslide missing jumps from 18 to 108

Drastic rise in officials' estimates of number missing in devastating Oso slide.

KPLU-FM

At least 18 missing, 3 dead in mudslide

The governor has declared a disaster area as rescuers try to stay safe in dangeous conditions.

HERALD (EVERETT)

Animal shelter to auction note and cash left by Barefoot Bandit

While on the run, Colton Harris Moore left cash and a note for a Pacific County animal shelter, which the shelter is auctioning to raise funds.

KING5.COM

More jobs in Wash. now than before the recession

The state jobless rate dropped to 6.4 percent, with 3,800 new jobs added between December and January. 

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Landslides, avalanche reported as a result of rain

The 5-foot avalanche on Stevens Pass spilled fresh powder across all four lanes. WSDOT expects the pass to be closed until 1 p.m. Wednesday. 

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

65-foot crack found in Columbia River dam

Though officials Friday admitted it was a serious problem, they said it was not an immediate threat.

Q13FOX.COM
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