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(AZCentral)   Dust storm triggers a 50 car pile-up in A) Arizona B) New Mexico C) Washington, the Evergreen State   (azcentral.com) divider line 67
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-09-01 05:27:00 PM  
The Cascades stole all the water from the east half of the state. Somebody should blow those greedy mountains up.
 
2014-09-01 07:24:02 PM  
The Tri-Cities isn't even close to being the same state. Once you've reached Hyak in the south or Leavenworth in the north, you've reached the edge of Washington. Everything beyond that is Idaho.
 
2014-09-01 08:01:20 PM  
Should've sent Teasle in to run it out of town.
 
2014-09-01 08:38:14 PM  
Some of the tallest and largest dust devils I've ever seen were in central and eastern Washington.

It's a dry area subby...
 
2014-09-01 08:38:36 PM  
If you've ever been east of the Cascades, you'd be amazed by the difference from the western part of the state.
 
2014-09-01 08:39:52 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: The Tri-Cities isn't even close to being the same state. Once you've reached Hyak in the south or Leavenworth in the north, you've reached the edge of Washington. Everything beyond that is Idaho.


Pretty much.  I say we should invade and take it from them.  Also, Fark You Washington and in particular Port Angeles
 
2014-09-01 08:45:13 PM  

NutWrench: If you've ever been east of the Cascades, you'd be amazed by the difference from the western part of the state.


Yup. Over here on the western half we've even got a rainforest of sorts on the peninsula, while over there it's pretty much nothing but farming country and what could easily be described as desert. Fairly obviously, the desert-y part of the state is also the part that houses the wackjobs that claim everyone west of the Cascades in the state is out to get them politically.
 
2014-09-01 08:47:11 PM  
Growing up my family would taking kayaking trips down the Winchester Wasteway in Eastern Washington. Not sure what the river's doing there (I think it may be the end of some irrigation works), but it's flat out desert. Leaping off the dunes and tumbling into the river was a highlight, although the ashfall from St Helen's ruined it for a few years. I almost convinced my dad to get a tupperware boat just so it'd be tough enough to pull out and 'paddle' down a dune into the river. I later saw this done - like much in life, it sounds like more fun than it turned out to be.

/OK, not a CSB - get off my lawn, I turned 40 yesterday and am reveling in feeling old
 
2014-09-01 08:54:56 PM  

ZAZ: The Cascades stole all the water from the east half of the state. Somebody should blow those greedy mountains up.



That idea is up in the air.
 
2014-09-01 08:58:03 PM  
Subby has never been to Eastern WA. It's ok... Most people haven't been.

/Richland kid
 
2014-09-01 08:58:54 PM  
Since the link goes to an Arizona newspaper I'm going to guess Arizona.
 
2014-09-01 08:59:43 PM  
Thanks, Obama.
 
2014-09-01 09:01:54 PM  
Last year at nearly the same time there was another one. Haboob? Simoom? :-)
 
2014-09-01 09:02:45 PM  
Eastern WA sucks.
/spent many years in E WA and N ID
//W WA now
///ahhhhh....
 
2014-09-01 09:05:27 PM  
To be fair, Washington drivers don't know how to drive in any weather change, be it rain or shine.
 
2014-09-01 09:06:44 PM  

ZAZ: The Cascades stole all the water from the east half of the state. Somebody should blow those greedy mountains up.


Halfway done on this one:
www.fotosoimagenes.com
 
2014-09-01 09:09:19 PM  
If you've never been to Eastern Washington, just picture the scenery in Mad Max and you'll get the idea.
 
2014-09-01 09:28:54 PM  
Over here on the "Wet side of the Mountains", we call that the "Flatlands". We'd be all over blowing up the mountains, as it would lower the rainfall, but we'd lose the ski areas that make this side so great. Ever done Ski-to-Sea? Fantastic!
 
2014-09-01 09:29:15 PM  
My only experience with Eastern Washington is reading Reservation Blues - a Sherman Alexie novel about the Spokane Reservation.

That and I've heard Pullman, WA is the worst college town because there's nothing around there.  I hear it's worse than Starkville, which is saying something.  Even people from Mississippi talk about Starkville like it's filled with inbred hicks.
 
2014-09-01 09:30:06 PM  
Pullman has plenty to do.  Get drunk and have sex with the UI Mormon sluts
 
2014-09-01 09:33:00 PM  

Iczer: NutWrench: If you've ever been east of the Cascades, you'd be amazed by the difference from the western part of the state.

Yup. Over here on the western half we've even got a rainforest of sorts on the peninsula, while over there it's pretty much nothing but farming country and what could easily be described as desert. Fairly obviously, the desert-y part of the state is also the part that houses the wackjobs that claim everyone west of the Cascades in the state is out to get them politically.


This is (mostly) true in Oregon as well.

/ some of the nutters also live in the southern half of the State....just drive past Eugene, OR for an hour
 
2014-09-01 09:46:36 PM  
"Hi-lights of the weeek in Metro Phoenix....SARAH PALIN!Join the half-term governor and former vice-presidential candidate as she provides Mama Grizzly's view on current events, from energy independence to foreign relations. Joining her will be filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza and comic Paul Rodriguez."Half-term gov...yup. Film-maker? Comic? Sounds like a wonderpful evening. Don't miss it if you can.
 
2014-09-01 09:46:39 PM  

DebinCO: Last year at nearly the same time there was another one. Haboob? Simoom? :-)


I read an old newspaper article from the early 1900s that referred to them as the Palouse Winds.  That name fell out of use but I think it should be brought back.  From late summer through the fall after a long dry spell, you periodically get these high winds on the front end of a storm that blow all the dust from the Columbia Basin easterly into northeast Washington, north Idaho, and western Montana.  Wildfires often result (e.g., the Great Fire of 1910).
 
2014-09-01 09:52:59 PM  
shintochick: just picture the scenery in Mad Max and you'll get the idea.

full of leather daddies and Tina Turner?
 
2014-09-01 10:02:36 PM  
I grew up in Pasco (one of the Tri-cities), It is classified as a dessert based on the low annual rainfall, even though there are 3 rivers that converge in the area.  The temperature can go from 110 in the summer to -10 in the winter.
 
2014-09-01 10:02:42 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: The Tri-Cities isn't even close to being the same state. Once you've reached Hyak in the south or Leavenworth in the north, you've reached the edge of Washington. Everything beyond that is Idaho.


I used to live in Richland years ago. Driving over from Seattle you might as well be on a different continent. The dust storms were annoying but they happened every year once or twice.
 
2014-09-01 10:05:35 PM  

Forbidden Doughnut: Iczer: NutWrench: If you've ever been east of the Cascades, you'd be amazed by the difference from the western part of the state.

Yup. Over here on the western half we've even got a rainforest of sorts on the peninsula, while over there it's pretty much nothing but farming country and what could easily be described as desert. Fairly obviously, the desert-y part of the state is also the part that houses the wackjobs that claim everyone west of the Cascades in the state is out to get them politically.

This is (mostly) true in Oregon as well.

/ some of the nutters also live in the southern half of the State....just drive past Eugene, OR for an hour


Lots of black sheep live in the cities too. And nut jobs, serial killers, heroin addicts, mob men...what ya trying to say?
 
2014-09-01 10:28:38 PM  

fanbladesaresharp: Lots of black sheep live in the cities too. And nut jobs, serial killers, heroin addicts, mob men...what ya trying to say?


Racist.
/reported
 
2014-09-01 10:43:30 PM  
What was the point of adding "the Evergreen State" to the end of the headline?
 
2014-09-01 10:53:12 PM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2014-09-01 10:56:15 PM  
abhorrent1: What was the point of adding "the Evergreen State" to the end of the headline?

duh, because a place so full of trees can't have dust, stupid.
 
2014-09-01 10:57:10 PM  
After Cle Elum Washington is a wasteland.
 
2014-09-01 11:00:05 PM  

abhorrent1: What was the point of adding "the Evergreen State" to the end of the headline?


Circusdog320: [img.photobucket.com image 800x535]


Because the evergreen state looks like that and this at the same time.  And the Evergreen state make you think of this:

freebigpictures.com

/CA's much the same way.  There's a reason why the few good areas are so crazy stupid expensive.  Sure, it never gets above 85 in Mountain View, but Cupertino can be a good 10 degrees warmer.  And then the Central Valley bits are usually well into the hundreds.
 
2014-09-01 11:01:46 PM  
It's been a weird summer here in The Trikes. We had a tornado on Rattlesnake Mountain, a couple of haboobs... today was lovely, though. Currently 74 degrees at 8pm, clear sky, no wind.

We were in a park in downtown Richland along the Columbia River when this storm hit. It was fun being in all that wind, but nothing especially new.
 
2014-09-01 11:03:40 PM  
Rapmaster2000:
That and I've heard Pullman, WA is the worst college town because there's nothing around there.

Pullman used to be The party college of the NW when the drinking age in Idaho was 19. Now that it's 21 nationwide there's very little reason to go there. (WSU OR Pullman)
 
2014-09-01 11:04:36 PM  

brainiac-dumdum: After Cle Elum Washington is a wasteland.


You haven't been to the icicle, colchuck or the enchantments obviously
 
2014-09-01 11:22:41 PM  

Iczer: NutWrench: If you've ever been east of the Cascades, you'd be amazed by the difference from the western part of the state.

Yup. Over here on the western half we've even got a rainforest of sorts on the peninsula, while over there it's pretty much nothing but farming country and what could easily be described as desert. Fairly obviously, the desert-y part of the state is also the part that houses the wackjobs that claim everyone west of the Cascades in the state is out to get them politically.


We aren't?
 
2014-09-01 11:24:08 PM  
Was it a dust devil?

Of course it had to be 9 people at about 3:30 PM.


LOL


/not really lol
 
2014-09-01 11:24:58 PM  

Circusdog320: brainiac-dumdum: After Cle Elum Washington is a wasteland.

You haven't been to the icicle, colchuck or the enchantments obviously


I was under the impression that all those areas are west of Cle Elum. Are they not?
 
2014-09-01 11:32:22 PM  

abhorrent1: What was the point of adding "the Evergreen State" to the end of the headline?


That is our state nickname, sort of like how Oregon's is "the Beaver State". Adding our nickname to the headline supposedly added lulz, since it was a dust storm. Get it? Yeah, I'm loling, too. ಠ_ಠ

As others have already pointed out, east of the Cascades is where our Tea Party Nation lives, for the most part. Eastern WA is where I stop and rest when riding my motorcycle over the North Cascades Highway before returning to the safety of civilization over here on the West side.

/WA native
//Tacoma represent!
///"The Beaver State" is a bit of a misnomer, FYI. :\
 
2014-09-01 11:37:03 PM  

Circusdog320: brainiac-dumdum: After Cle Elum Washington is a wasteland.

You haven't been to the icicle, colchuck or the enchantments obviously


Also, if by Icicle you mean Icicle Creek, yes, I've been to all of those areas. I don't mean to sound as if I discount all of Eastern Washington, the area has its own desolate beauty. Soap Lake is a weird place that I love visiting. I've never seen as many rattlesnakes in one place as I've seen at Alta Lake, and I'm from Texas.

However, I vastly prefer Western Washington for its physical and political climate.
 
2014-09-01 11:40:06 PM  

brainiac-dumdum: Circusdog320: brainiac-dumdum: After Cle Elum Washington is a wasteland.

You haven't been to the icicle, colchuck or the enchantments obviously

Also, if by Icicle you mean Icicle Creek, yes, I've been to all of those areas. I don't mean to sound as if I discount all of Eastern Washington, the area has its own desolate beauty. Soap Lake is a weird place that I love visiting. I've never seen as many rattlesnakes in one place as I've seen at Alta Lake, and I'm from Texas.

However, I vastly prefer Western Washington for its physical and political climate.


If I ever start missing Oklahoma, I just head south of Yakima and find a place to get lost for awhile.
 
2014-09-01 11:48:43 PM  

brainiac-dumdum: Circusdog320: brainiac-dumdum: After Cle Elum Washington is a wasteland.

You haven't been to the icicle, colchuck or the enchantments obviously

Also, if by Icicle you mean Icicle Creek, yes, I've been to all of those areas. I don't mean to sound as if I discount all of Eastern Washington, the area has its own desolate beauty. Soap Lake is a weird place that I love visiting. I've never seen as many rattlesnakes in one place as I've seen at Alta Lake, and I'm from Texas.

However, I vastly prefer Western Washington for its physical and political climate.


I'm one of the few liberals in Wenatchee..icicle valley definitely eastern wa
 
2014-09-01 11:51:28 PM  

Circusdog320: brainiac-dumdum: Circusdog320: brainiac-dumdum: After Cle Elum Washington is a wasteland.

You haven't been to the icicle, colchuck or the enchantments obviously

Also, if by Icicle you mean Icicle Creek, yes, I've been to all of those areas. I don't mean to sound as if I discount all of Eastern Washington, the area has its own desolate beauty. Soap Lake is a weird place that I love visiting. I've never seen as many rattlesnakes in one place as I've seen at Alta Lake, and I'm from Texas.

However, I vastly prefer Western Washington for its physical and political climate.

I'm one of the few liberals in Wenatchee..icicle valley definitely eastern wa


Ohhhh, Icicle Valley, I've never been there, I've never even heard of it.
 
2014-09-01 11:54:41 PM  

MVEAlpha: Iczer: NutWrench: If you've ever been east of the Cascades, you'd be amazed by the difference from the western part of the state.

Yup. Over here on the western half we've even got a rainforest of sorts on the peninsula, while over there it's pretty much nothing but farming country and what could easily be described as desert. Fairly obviously, the desert-y part of the state is also the part that houses the wackjobs that claim everyone west of the Cascades in the state is out to get them politically.

We aren't?


Well, kind of. I always find it hysterical that they say King Co. is dictating the elections since we've got such a massive part of the vote, since King Co. has quite literally the population of around 3 counties out east combined.

That and they're all pretty much raging Republicans while we on the west side vote D typically...
 
2014-09-02 12:11:29 AM  
So....
Are dust storms normal for your State?

If not, thank Global Warming for doing it to ya.

imageshack.com
 
2014-09-02 12:28:32 AM  
Dust storms trigger the strangest things.  Like accidental gun firings.
 
2014-09-02 12:32:38 AM  

trappedspirit: Dust storms trigger the strangest things.  Like accidental gun firings.


What the fark are you talking about?
 
2014-09-02 12:33:10 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: AverageAmericanGuy: The Tri-Cities isn't even close to being the same state. Once you've reached Hyak in the south or Leavenworth in the north, you've reached the edge of Washington. Everything beyond that is Idaho.

Pretty much.  I say we should invade and take it from them.  Also, Fark You Washington and in particular Port Angeles


I liked Port Angeles. When I was in college, my friend and I drive from Seattle U to PA to visit the only KFC buffet we knew of.

/cool story, me
 
2014-09-02 12:41:59 AM  

Iczer: MVEAlpha: Iczer: NutWrench: If you've ever been east of the Cascades, you'd be amazed by the difference from the western part of the state.

Yup. Over here on the western half we've even got a rainforest of sorts on the peninsula, while over there it's pretty much nothing but farming country and what could easily be described as desert. Fairly obviously, the desert-y part of the state is also the part that houses the wackjobs that claim everyone west of the Cascades in the state is out to get them politically.

We aren't?

Well, kind of. I always find it hysterical that they say King Co. is dictating the elections since we've got such a massive part of the vote, since King Co. has quite literally the population of around 3 counties out east combined.

That and they're all pretty much raging Republicans while we on the west side vote D typically...


Yeah, but that's always gonna be the case.

Detroit dictates Michigan*, the Bay and LA dictate CA, Boston dictates MA.  It's sheer population combined with an 80% D vote.

On a local level, it's a bunch of wasted D votes.  On a state level, it's hard to outmatch.

*No joke.  Obama won the state by 449K out of ~4.5 Million votes.  He won Wayne and Washtenaw counties by 446K out of ~900K votes.  And then Oakland and Macomb were another couple hundred thou.
 
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