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Local Smoke from Siberian wildfires turns Northwestern sunsets a fiery red (New) Smoke from Siberian wildfires turns Northwestern sunsets a fiery red (Photo Gallery)
The scenes have almost felt like they're out of Hollywood imagination -- brilliant red sunrises and sunsets the last couple of days around Western Washington.

Why so red? It's a byproduct of the massive wildfires that recently burned a large area in Siberia.

The atmospheric winds are aligned this week to carry the smoke across the Pacific Ocean and into the Pacific Northwest.

First up, to get an idea of just how much smoke is in the atmosphere, look at this visible satellite image taken on April 14 of the southeastern Siberia area where the wildfires got out of control:


Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Adam Voiland.

Where did the smoke go? This graphic is a model trajectory tracing back the air pattern across the Pacific Ocean over the past week. Note the air from the wildfires makes somewhat of a bee line toward Seattle (with a brief stop for a loop-de-loop in the central Pacific:)



Amazingly the smoke is still quite intense when it gets here -- check out this high-resolution satellite image from Saturday and note the haze over Washington and British Columbia:

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Local (New) Smoke from Siberian wildfires turns Northwestern sunsets a fiery red (Photo Gallery)
The scenes have almost felt like they're out of Hollywood imagination -- brilliant red sunrises and sunsets the last couple of days around Western Washington.

Why so red? It's a byproduct of the massive wildfires that recently burned a large area in Siberia.

The atmospheric winds are aligned this week to carry the smoke across the Pacific Ocean and into the Pacific Northwest.

First up, to get an idea of just how much smoke is in the atmosphere, look at this visible satellite image taken on April 14 of the southeastern Siberia area where the wildfires got out of control:


Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Adam Voiland.

Where did the smoke go? This graphic is a model trajectory tracing back the air pattern across the Pacific Ocean over the past week. Note the air from the wildfires makes somewhat of a bee line toward Seattle (with a brief stop for a loop-de-loop in the central Pacific:)



Amazingly the smoke is still quite intense when it gets here -- check out this high-resolution satellite image from Saturday and note the haze over Washington and British Columbia:
Local (New) Photos: Hawks in Hawaii (Photo Gallery)
The Seahawks have been in Maui for the last week on their annual training trip. We rounded up pictures from their Instagram accounts to see what they're up to!

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Entertainment 'Furious 7' speeds ahead of the competition 'Furious 7' speeds ahead of the competition
"Furious 7" might have slowed from its blockbuster debut, but the high-octane action movie maintained first place for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $29.1 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak.

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KATU Investigators Relative saw suspected killer the night of shooting, attorney says (Video)
Police say 26-year-old Colby Robinson shot and killed 33-year-old Gary (Dat) Pham and 41-year-old Susie (Sut-Leng) Chang on Southeast 83rd Avenue and Division. Chang’s husband, 35-year-old Andrew Toan Pham was shot and wounded. Chang’s 13-week-old daughter was not injured.

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National & World Survivor: Smugglers locked hundreds in hold of capsized boat (New) Survivor: Smugglers locked hundreds in hold of capsized boat
A smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya's coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action.

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Sports Winterhawks under playoff pressure (Video)
Even though many of Portland's players aren't old enough to grow a seriously scruffy "playoff beard," they can handle this stage, and they've been through this before.

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Travel & Outdoors Jet boats provide family fun on Snake River rapids Jet boats provide family fun on Snake River rapids
Hells Canyon might be God's best-kept hideaway if you're a hiker seeking solitude, a fit hunter pursuing game or an angler hoping to catch smallmouth bass, steelhead and sturgeon until your arms are numb.
Travel & Outdoors Salmon fishing off S. Oregon coast looks good for 2015
Enough adult salmon are now finning off the Southern Oregon and Northern California coasts to give Brookings a good chance to repeat as Oregon's top port for boating chinook. But the ever-changing ocean currents have to do their part.

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Politics Republican presidential contenders clash in New Hampshire Republican presidential contenders clash in New Hampshire
The Republican Party's most ambitious stormed into New Hampshire on Friday for an early state showdown that highlighted the diversity, political challenges and sheer size of the GOP's 2016 presidential class.
Politics Bill on birth control stalls in Oregon Legislature Bill on birth control stalls in Oregon Legislature
A proposal that would allow women to get birth control directly from a pharmacist without a doctor's prescription stalled Friday when a committee chair decided to convene a study group instead of moving the legislation forward.

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Technology Researcher denied flight after tweet poking United security
United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked.

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Politics Committee hears bill preventing child access to guns
Two days after Oregon senators passed legislation expanding background checks to cover most private gun sales, lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on a proposal making it a crime for adults to endanger minors by letting them gain unsupervised access to firearms.
Politics Wash. state auditor indicted, accused of multimillion-dollar scheme
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, the elected official charged with rooting out government fraud and waste, pleaded not guilty Thursday after a federal grand jury indictment charged him with filing false tax returns, attempted obstruction of a civil lawsuit and possession of more than $1 million in stolen property related to his former business.
Politics Clinton charity to allow 6 countries to donate, not others
In its decision to limit contributions from foreign governments to six nations and provide more frequent disclosures about donations, the Clinton Foundation alluded Thursday to the political dimensions of its new moves. The Clinton family's charity acknowledged on its website that it made the changes in light of Hillary Rodham Clinton's decision to run for president, but the new guidelines may provide only limited protection from ethics concerns.

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Business Gauge of US economy rises 0.2 percent in March
An index designed to predict the future health of the economy slowly crept upward for the third straight month, a sign that the pace of growth has been weakening since the start of 2015.
Business Trade-off: Deal splits Democrats between business, labor
President Barack Obama pushed back Friday against Democrats who oppose a bipartisan accord on trade, dismissing their stand as a "ratification of the status quo" that would give countries like China a leg up on global commerce.

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Entertainment Musical chairs: Who would Shelton want in his 'Voice' seat?
Musical chairs is a common game on "The Voice." Pharrell is sitting in a seat originally owned by CeeLo Green and once occupied by Usher, while Shakira and Gwen Stefani have filled in when Christina Aguilera took a hiatus from the show.