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"Blue moon" scheduled for Friday evening

"Blue moon" scheduled for Friday evening

Strange things always seem to happen on full moons, but what about an additional full moon on the same month? That's called a blue moon. Sorry to disappoint you, but technically - it's not blue.

Because lunar events are not aligned with our calendar months, sometimes the 29.5 cycle resets. We already had a pre-funk earlier this month, a full moon on August 1. History is now is repeating itself this Friday, August 31.

It will be awhile the next time you see two full moons in the same month. You'll have to wait until July 2015. The skies are expected to be clear, so don't stand alone this Friday. Grab a love of your own and check out the night sky.

Spokane Fire confirms last week's fire near convent as human caused

Spokane Fire confirms last week's fire near convent as human caused

Last week’s fire near the Convent of the Holy Names has been confirmed as human caused by Spokane Fire Department. Fire officials say they’re not sure if the fire was intentional or accidental, but they’re now crowd sourcing tips from the public to piece together the August 13 scenario.

The fire damaged about five acres of land consisting of grass, trees and nature trails with benches. As the 3rd alarm fire progressed, occupants at the nearby convent and Tamarack Center were evacuated.

Assistant fire chief Brian Schaeffer says crews wrapped up their area patrols over the weekend checking for further hot spots.

“We were up there until yesterday - had a company on patrol status watching for smokes and making sure everything in the perimeter is mopping up and doesn’t cause any concern for folks in that area,” Schaeffer said.

With the recent climate of hot and dry, fire crews wanted to make sure everything was out. 

“We need to dig it all out and make sure it’s cold otherwise like today - when this front is supposed to come in - wind comes in and kindles a fire and we’re in the same situation as we were in the other day,” Schaeffer added.

Where to watch this year's Perseids meteor shower

Where to watch this year's Perseids meteor shower

Clear skies are expected for the upcoming Perseids meteor showers. The night sky show is expected to peak on Saturday night through early Sunday morning. You could see as many as 100 meteors per hour.

If you’re looking for somewhere to view the action, the Spokane Astronomical Society recommends their Fish Trap viewing party on August 11. The location is 33 miles southwest of Spokane and is far enough away to eliminate light pollution.

Society member Jerry Eber recommends visitors show up before dark so any developed night vision is not ruined by vehicle headlights. 

If you go, bring something warm to wear because temperatures will be in the low 60s. You should also bring a nice lawn chair to stay comfortable. The society will have telescopes on site for viewing.

If you can’t make it to their Fish Trap location, Eber also recommends the middle of Franklin Park and Cannon Park for viewing, but your backyard should suffice as long as you find the darkest spot possible.

Top 10: Instagram photos of #Spokane

Here are this week’s ten photos of Spokane from the Instagram community. Today we have a shot of an open pipe spilling water on a downtown sidewalk, a dog running through a wheat field, a very exquisite shot from Manito Park and more.

How was your week in the Inland Northwest? Night time falls sooner and before we know it, those school zones will be activated again bringing drivers back down to 25 mph. Also, we hear Comstock Pool shut down earlier this week due to potty humor. Oh, summer.

Want to participate in next week’s photo gallery? Here’s how: Once a week we go through and select ten photos that we think show off the region in all its glory. To select them, we search the #Spokane tag on Instagram through Storify. Your photo could appear in this weekly slide show.

Top 10: Instagram photos of #Spokane

Here’s this week’s selection of Spokane photos taken by the Instagram community. To start it off, chalk art that still confirms that it is summer in Spokane in case you can’t tell. Some people in the area retreat to the river, some to their cell phones to take pictures of glorious sunsets. Sometimes it's the same sunset taken by different people in different parts of Spokane.

How was your week in the Inland Northwest? A lot of traffic and construction stories are building up in the community. Some schools are getting sidewalks and some neighborhoods really want their traffic calming projects.

Speaking of those projects, we uploaded a document showing all the submitted applications from neighborhoods this year for traffic calming projects. You can see what was submitted for your neighborhood.

Want to participate in next week’s photo gallery? Here’s how: Once a week we go through and select ten photos that we think show off the region in all its glory. To select them, we search the #Spokane tag on Instagram through Storify. Your photo could appear in this weekly slide show.

Storify: Inland Northwest storm packs a wallop

Storify: Inland Northwest storm packs a wallop

A storm is brewing through the Inland Northwest with severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service. The complex is moving into the area from the south and southwest and is forming heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and even flash flooding in some areas.

We'll be sharing weather news throughout our evening newscasts and on www.kxly.com. Below is a Storify of today's weather. For the latest on what's happening, keep scrolling through the Storify. Everything is in chronological order. 

To tweet along, use the hashtag: #svrinlandnw. For weather breaking news, following @kriscrockerkxly, @kxly4news and the @nwsspokane

Top 10: Instagram Photos of #Spokane

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Here's this weeks photos of the Spokane area taken by the Instagram community. We've seen dozens of sunsets, sunrises, lightning strikes this week so we tried to find the most unique shots in the region.

One strange visual stands out to us. There's a new graffiti pasting in Spokane and whoever is responsible for it, they're a Trekkie.

How was your week in the Inland Northwest? It's been a busy weather related week, but we were able to bring this one story to the world. We've been working on this for over a week after an emotional man called and then visited the station wanting to share the story of his neighbors Betty and Willard and their romance spanning a lifetime. We hope you consider reading it at some point this weekend.

Want to participate in next week’s photo gallery? Here’s how: Once a week we go through and select ten photos that we think show off the region in all its glory. To select them, we search the #Spokane tag on Instagram through Storify. Your photo could appear in this weekly slide show.