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Ike Vallance photo A firemen stands ready in the altermath of a garage fire that destroyed a ear and several other items. Fire levels garage and auto Fire destroyed a garage and a vehicle inside Friday it out the engine caught fire spreading to the vehicle and afternoon four miles north of Methow on Highway eventually consuming the garage. 153. Fire units from Methow, Pateros, and Brewster were Owner Ivan Bucholz had been working on his vehicle's called to the scene. carburetor in the garage. When he started the engine to try The vehicle and garage were a total loss. C)uad City. Hrald March 5:1998 Youth Circus to perform at Bridgeport Daze 1998 Bridgeport Daze celebration will include performances by the Wenatchee Youth Circus and maybe a carnival. The youth circus will present two performances, Saturday evening, June 6, at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, June 7, at 1 p.m. Tickets will go on sale prior to that weekend; they will be $4 for children and adults over six years of age. Children less than six years of age will be admitted free. Chamber secretary Sherilyn Jacobson said that two carnival companies have expressed interest in coming to town that weekend, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Neii Jacobson, supporting the Make- A-Wish Foundation, has said he wants to sponsora fishing derby for children during that weekend. Becauseoffederal regulations governing the Columbia River, however, permission from federal authorities is necessary before the event can be added to the Bridgeport Daze schedule. Members of the Quad City Eagles have rented a dunk tank, which will be one of the activities in the park. Henry Austin has volunteered to run the three on three basketball tournament. Bridgeport Daze organizers are considering sponsoring live music in the park during the weekend as well, Paaa a Jacobson said. In other business, Jacobson said Chamber officers are working on a merchant's survey. The merchant's survey part of the Chamber's effort toincrease itsactivities in promoting business and tourism. Merchants are asked for information about their businesses and for ways theChambercan help them in promoting their products or services. In addition, merchantsareasked forwaystoimprove and promote the community. Jacobson said the information gathered through the survey would be used in planning Chamber activities through the rest of the year. Yesteryears con't from page 2 are now doing work with the second grade. Edward Noah now rides to school horseback from his new home up in the hills. TheAmerican Legion andAuxiliary are staging the play "Am I In terestin g?" on Friday night, March 16 at the Brewster Theatre. This is a royalty play, produced with the fullpermission of the Denison Company. Mrs. Harry Phipps is coaching the play and a good evening's entertainment is assurred. The cast which is composed entirely of Legion and Auxiliary members is as follows: Mrs. Hastings the housekeeper - Mrs. Washburn; Blair Hoover, adenturer - Max Geohry; Earnest Rathburn, Jane's secretary - Frank Holden; Marjorie Vare, the older daughter - Mrs. Frank Holden; Dickie Waldron, a romanticist - E. O. Allen; Mona, the maid - Mrs. Byron Stubbs; Horace Vare, the father - Harold Millberry; Violet Vare, the younger daughter - Mrs. Herbert Grover; Peter, devoted to Vi - Guy Jolly; Dora, a friend of Vi's - Mrs. Earnest Darlington; Gerald Mays, from Chicken Creek - Elwood Smith; Jane,Vare'sniece- Mrs.O.T.Peterson. El Nino may be dissipating Eastern Washington could have rainy spring and late frost period by Thomas Dunklee Atmospheric Research Associates When compared to a climate image map, which is the current sea surface temperature pattern, it is apparent that the current E! Nino pattern continues to weaken over the Eastern Pacific. This is particularly noticeable in areas along the Equator between 170 and 120 west where temperature decreases in the last two weeks have been the most dramatic. In areas from the Peruvian Coast to 100 W the decrease has been minor in comparison, but still noticeable. Warm water has continued to develop along and offshore of SoothernAustralia andNew Zealand. This warming is a sign that the current El Nino is on its last legs with surface atmospheric pressures expected to fall over the Western Pacific and at the same time rise over the eastern Tropical Pacific. This will set up a moderate easterly air flow along the Equator, inducing a cold upweiling along the Northern Sooth American Coast and, thus bringing sea surface temperatures back much closer to average than the current warm conditions. There are more and more signs that the recent and in truest sense, recent sttmniness along and off the West Coast ` of the United States has not been related to El Nino. Rather it is being induced,by the stress between a large mass of Colder than average sea surfac water! in the Central North Pacific, and warmer than average sea surface temperatures running from China to Baja California from about 18 to 28 degrees north latitude. I am not saying that El Nino has not had a tremendous impact on the weather here in the West this winter, it has. I am saying that the latest round of wet weather (mainly the last two weeks) is .being caused.and directed by separate, This temperature difference lends itself to the development of a very strong west to east branch of the Polar Jet Stream at about 35 to 40 degrees North latitude from Japan to Northern California. Weather systems develop within this flow of air, gain energy from the jet and gain moisture from the warmer than average sea surface wateralong the tropic of Cancer. These storms then slam into the West coast (namely California) bringing wind, rain and large northwest swells. The subtropical Jet Stream, the one being enhanced by "El Nino" seems to have not really played much of a role in producing these storms, although throughout this month and for the entire season for that matter the media has done nothing but talk about these "El Nino Storms". My point is that from a forecaster's standpoint in order to accurately predict the weather in the long and short term it is necessary to determine what is causing the storm s first to determine when they will end or decrease in frequency. Early in February intense convection (thunderstorms) formedsouthofHawaii and seemed to shift the subtropical Jet Stream northward to about 30 degrees north where it merged with the sou them polar Jet, right west of Southern California. This produced the flooding rain and strong storms during the first week of the month. Since then, and for most of the season, the subtropical Jet...or the El Nino storm track, has been directed southwest of Central Mexico, across Mexico to Cuba and Florida and north along the East Coast of the United States where it merges with a weakened branch of the Polar Jet Stream. Without a doubt the main Jet stream impacting the Western U.S. has been the southern branch of the Polar Jet Predicted Rainfall Anomalies for Northern Sections of Eastern Washington 145 to 175 percent of avg. for the month of March 9 to 11 days of precipitation during month of March Maximum temperatures from 1.2 to 1.4 degrees below long term averages for next 60 days Minimum temperatures from 1.2 to 1.8 degrees below long term averages for next 60 days question in the upcoming forecast is how if in any way this Jet Stream may change over the next six weeks. If this strong westto east storm track that has been pounding the West Coast with rain and wind is due to the thermal stress over the ocean well noah of the E! Nino region, what will E! Nino's upcoming demise mean for the West coast and indeed much of the Western United States? I am of the opinion that the cooling of sea surface temperatures in the El Nino region will also lead to the lowering of the positive sea surface temperature anomalies along the tropic of Cancer. This should in turn lead to less temperature stress just noah of this region and therefore, with time, the southern branch of the PolarJetStream will weaken and shift to the north. This means that the frequency and intensity of storms pushing into Southern Califomia,Arizona, and New Mexico will decrease within the next two to three weeks, but not end Support Your Favorite Team With Indoor/Outdoor Temporary Paint Great for windows, glass, plastic, posterboard, banners & more. Cleans off glass easily. Lots of colors. QHUAD CI RALD 525 MAIN AVE., BREWsTER January. Storminess in Central and Northern California will also decrease, but not quite as readily. Therefore precipitation in these portions of California, as well as into Nevada and to a lesser degree unto Utah and Colorado will remain above average in general amounts and intensity, but not at the high rates of the past month. Any change in this overall pattern will be gradual and non-linear. Periods of showers will come and go, but more and more of the moisture and storminess will be forming more to the north. Again these changes will occur slowly with only a gradual shift toward these drier conditionsover much of the West. In the Pacific Northwest the storm track will actually become stronger and more directly aimed overthe region. This will lead to an increase in the frequency and amount of precipitation over the next six weeks with amounts rising to above average levels for much of the month of March. Temperature levels in the Northwest will remain at, or slightly above average levels during the next six weeks, although late in the period we should see a drop to below average levels due to more cloudiness than "normal" and heavier than "normal" precipitation. The latest medium to long range models seem to verify this trend, with indications of the northward shift of this Polar Jet along with a continued Subtropical Jet from Central Mexico into the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. This is very close to where this "El Nino Jet" has been much of the winter. It appears that the drying trend over the South Pacific Coastal Region, i.e. Southern California and the Southwest United States (Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico) will accelerate, while Northern California, Northern Nevada and Northern Utah will dry out, hut much more slowly and to a lesser degree. The Northwest states, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana will get wetter and stay mild. Later in the forecast period (late March), the Northwest will become cooler than average with an increasing amount of rain, mountain snow and wind. This may point to a harder than average frost season for many of the later , blooming areas of Eastern Washington. i Give us a call and schedule your appointment today! (509) 689-2906 . (509) 689-2027 Or stop by the Quad City Herald at 525 Main Avenue, Brewster (509) 689-2507 PHOTOGR'APHY 538 Main Avenue, Brewster It's time for Senior Pictures: