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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 13, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Wednesday Memo: Haboob hubbub … Power savers … Aimless chicken … Shark Week

A massive, dramatic dust storm moves toward a barn near Harrington Wash., Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014. More often associated with the Southwest the dust storm blew through Eastern Washington and north Idaho on Tuesday evening in advance of thunderstorms, lightning and rain. (Lacey Hirst / The Associated Press)

A massive, dramatic dust storm moves toward a barn near Harrington Wash., on Tuesday. The dust storm blew through Eastern Washington and north Idaho on Tuesday evening in advance of thunderstorms, lightning and rain. (Lacey Hirst / The Associated Press)

Maybe we ARE in Kansas: Ever heard of a “Haboob“? It’s another name for a wicked dust storm. One of those rolled through Eastern Washington Tuesday evening in advance of thunderstorms and lightning.

Meanwhile, back on the west side of the mountains: The heavy rains we saw overnight should taper back, but showers will stay with us through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Highs in the low- to mid-70s. Is it August?

It’s been a good year for rain. Better-than-projected river flows in the Northwest mean Seattle City Light can sell enough surplus electricity to save residents from surcharges on their monthly electricity bills, at least through October 2017.

The mysteries of life: A chicken in a Portland neighborhood couldn’t decide what it wanted to do as it wandered into traffic on Tuesday afternoon. A concerned citizen called the non-emergency police line. The exchange with the dispatcher is hilarious.

Da dum da dum: Grace Coale, a 19-year-old from Edmonds, was out fishing with her father on Saturday when she spotted a 25-foot basking shark, a species rare to find in Puget Sound.

 

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