The heat wave that's hit the Northwest is expected to linger on through the weekend, keeping temperatures above 100 in Boise, in the 80s in Seattle, and close to 90 in Portland. In this normally temperate region, a lot of people don’t have air conditioning.
So what about alternative cooling techniques – and the answer to that age-old question: is it better to point the fan out the window or into the room?
There's that old saying that necessity is the mother of invention. That's pretty much how Jamie Burton of Spokane, Wash., came up with what she calls “homemade AC.”
Smoke from wildfires is creating poor breathing conditions in parts of the Northwest.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says the air has reached "very unhealthy" levels in parts of southwest Oregon. That's due to a series of wildfires that have led to some evacuations but so far have caused very little property damage.