Photo galleries around here are full of dramatic cloud shots created by some of the tallest mountains, be it Mount Rainier, Mount Hood or even just the Cascades or Olympics.
But mountains don't have to be measured in thousands of feet to create their own weather patterns.
With the tropical paradise of Hawaii bracing for Hurricane Iselle later Thursday, I've had quite a number of people email and ask why we're not calling the storm "Typhoon Iselle." After all, there's a similar storm just a bit farther west across the Pacific called "Typhoon Halong."
The reason is simple: Geography.
Some of the hundreds of people forced to flee a wind-driven wildfire in Oregon's Columbia Gorge east of Portland were allowed to return Thursday and were happy to find their houses intact, even where flames had come as close as 30 feet.
Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years.
One thing is usually true with the Seafair airshows - they're much easier to hear than see. That's why we have professional photographers with high-tech cameras to capture what is really going on up above us when we hear those planes roaring by.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter spotted a woman wanted for killing her 2-year-old daughter, Isabella, and for the attempted murder of her teenage daughter, Alana, and helped lead authorities to her location.
More residents were told to evacuate late Wednesday night as a wildfire near Rowena crested a ridge west of The Dalles.
Tests confirmed the presence of blue-green algae capable of harming humans and animals in Walterville Pond, the Oregon Health Division said Tuesday.
An orphaned female bear cub was found hiding on a homeowner's property with badly burned paws after barely escaping from a wildfire near Wenatchee, and she now is being treated for her injuries, says an official with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The two victims of an unusual otter attack are back home and recovering this week - one, with hundreds of stitches to her face, head, and body.
The 2014 Dirty Dash Boise at Bogus Basin was once again a little muddy. Just a little. Participants ran through challenging obstacles until a mud pit at the end.
The remains of a man who vanished 2 years ago while on a hike have been found in a ravine less than 1 1/2 miles from his home.
In the world of houseboats this is one of the larger Lake Union floats with two stories, an open upstairs patio, a bathroom with a hot tub jacuzzi, spiral staircase, woodworking shop, greenhouse and more.
Several vehicles were caught in a flash flood along Highway 95 in Nevada.
Crater Lake National Park rangers would like to find a hiker who was seen falling from the caldera rim surrounding the Oregon lake. They want to find out what happened to him and make sure he's OK.