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Yes, it has been a wet March!

Precipitation numbers from the National Weather Service, updated today has this March as number three on the list now for rainiest month ever with 3.31 inches of precipitation.

If the extended forecast is right and every indication says it is, we will get at least another inch, the record will be broken and March of 2012 will be in the record book.

This current rain and some snow melt off has resulted in some flooding of the Palouse river south by Potlatch, also other flood prone areas. The snow pack is the good news, this will insure a good amount of water for the aquifer this coming summer. If we don't melt it off to fast.

One more week of this and we will see a break, hang in there, we do need the moisture. 

Video Courtesy: Washington State University - Rising waters closed a pedestrian bridge through downtown Pullman. Check out WSU New's interview with Ross Henning who launched his kayak into the same water. 

Video: WSU Professor's Book Explores Doomsday Scenarios

Hearing the word "doomsday" sounds a lot like moments from the movie Dr. Strangelove when he talks about the "doomsday device". A WSU professor discusses similar devices that could destroy life as we know it in a new book that's coming out on April 1st.

Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch talks to WSU News about "Megacatastrophes", scientific scenarios that could be Planet Earth's fate.

Video Courtesy: Washington State University

Predicting The End of the World With Science

Predicting The End of the World With Science

Hypothetically speaking, if a nearby star were to go supernova, it could eventually reach our blue planet and rip apart our atmosphere. Complex life would cease to exist. That scenario is unlikely says Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch, professor of astrobiology at Washington State University. That’s one of nine of possible ways Earth could meet its doom, and there’s only so much we can do about it.

His new book, “Megacatastrophes!”, co-written with David Darling, explores scientific realities we face and how we can simply be aware of them.

First and foremost, Schulze-Makuch and Darling are scientists. They ignore the pop culture paranoia of zombie apocalypse and the ominous Mayan calender. Schulze-Makuch even says that scenario is nonsense. The two writers discuss the realistic scenarios humans face from asteroid impacts, nano-technology to global pandemic.

“I’m not the prophet,” Schulze-Makuch said. “We look at different scenarios and we basically prioritize how dangerous it is and how disastrous it would be.”

Would the scenario result in a million dead or even a billion dead? Schulze-Makuch says a pandemic tops the list with diseases like the Spanish Flu or Black Death. With passenger flights crossing oceans and country borders, disease has no boundaries.

Idaho Wind Gusts Average 47 MPH

The National Weather Service has released a list of the major wind gusts throughout the Idaho area during yesterday's wind storm that blew through the Inland Northwest. The higher the elevation, the higher speed of wind. Shirrod Hill in the Lewiston area saw the biggest gust of wind, 90 mph.

How was the wind in your area? Check the list and see if it's what you expected. Numbers are arranged by elevation and followed by wind gust speed. You can send wind damage photos to news4@kxly.com

North Idaho Panhandle

Selkirk Mtns at Lakeview, 6430 ft - 62 mph

Bonners Ferry, 2333 ft - 40 mph

Sandpoint Airport, 2126 ft - 39

Priest Lake, 2600 ft - 33 mph

More recorded wind areas are featured included the Coeur d'Alene, Palouse and Lewiston area. 

High Winds Blow Through The Palouse

High Winds Blow Through The Palouse

It was a windy Wednesday across the Inland Northwest, and some of the highest peak wind gusts were found on the Palouse. 

It started early, with wind gusts in Pullman at close to 55 mph at 7:54.  Around that time winds in Pomeroy in Garfield County reached 58 mph.  An hour later, strong winds in Palouse blew the singles off a roof, and at 9:40 a.m. a 60 mph wind gust was clocked in Pullman. 

Numerous reports of down trees and minor roof damage have been reported around the region.  A much calmer, cooler day is on the way for  Thursday.

The National Weather Service also released a list of local wind damage. The report names the following incidents:

Freezing rain possible below 4,000 feet in Inland Northwest

Freezing rain possible below 4,000 feet in Inland Northwest

Kris Crocker, KXLY4 meteorologist, writes on her Facebook: "There's no shortage of weather." According to the National Weather Service, this is the weather you can expect for the rest of the day in your region. 

Aren't you glad it's the weekend? 

Students March Through Snowy Path to School

Students March Through Snowy Path to School

Last we checked, Washington State University was not a dystopian society on an ice planet. You'd think it was by looking at this photo taken by Washington State University staff showing students heading to class up Wilson Road in a depressing single line.

Former students at WSU have a saying: "Back in our day, we walked up hill both ways in the snow to get to school."

Current Cougs proved that saying again today.

A photo album is available on Facebook to show you the snowy Wednesday they had. Classes continued even with the winter weather, but for Thursday classes and other serviced are suspended. WSU announced around 3 p.m. that they would be suspending operations due to inclement weather.

Share: We're hoping for some great weather photos tomorrow. You can send them to KXLY to be shared on the newscast and online. Share a little story to explain what's going on and that's it! Email: news4@kxly.com