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ASK THE METEOROLOGIST

“How long does it take you to get all the reports, satellite data and other data to do your weather forecasts?

Cameron, Rae Micharson

Love this question! Prepping for our newscasts requires a lot of work and a lot of time. Us meteorologists have to come in hours before we go live in order to forecast, make the graphics and get ready.

I am usually in the weather center a little after 2am. I look at different computer models which show graphical outputs of weather parameters. In other words, these models will show predicted precipitation, areas of low pressure, wind speeds and directions, etc. I also look at these computer models in numerical form ..which is how I can come up with numbers for your 7 day forecast.

To sum it up, every morning these computers help me determine a 7 day forecast of cloud cover, precipitation type and temperatures. Once I have written down your forecast, I then insert it into our weather graphics that we show you on air! This is used with a program we call WSI. Believe it or not, this program is very intuitive and it’s very simple to re-enter temperatures daily and switch weather icons (maybe from rain to mostly cloudy, etc.). In this program I can choose which graphics I would like to show over the air and in whatever order I please!

All of this requires quite a lot of prep time, as I mentioned. We typically will get in around 2 o’clock (morning or night) to prep for a 5 o’clock newscast!

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

GP officer involvedGRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass Police officers who were involved in a shooting in September were found justified in their actions. The shooting occurred September 21st and resulted in the death of Daniel Diaz of Northwest Blossom Drive in Grants Pass.

Diaz walked over to his cousins house and threatened to shoot him for supposedly planting computer chips in Diaz’s head. Diaz then fired a round into the air. The wife of Diaz’s cousin then called the police and they were dispatched to the scene. This was not the first incident where Diaz threatened the family with similar threats.

A full investigation of the incident by the Josephine County Major Crime Response Team revealed that all three officers involved in the shooting were justified in using deadly force under the circumstances they encountered.

 

 

 

 

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WEATHER DISCUSSION


Today our next storm system will begin approaching coastal waters. A warm front from this area of low pressure is lifting north currently and this is bringing a few showers to the coast. Showers will turn to rain here this afternoon and tonight when this front travels inland, it could fall heavy at times.

Inland, skies will remain partly to mostly cloudy. This evening around 7 o’clock rain showers will begin developing across the Valley ahead of the front. As it drives inland tonight we will then see rain spread eastbound. Early Friday rain will be falling across West Side Valleys. It will be ongoing through much of the day.

As far as Trick-or-Treat is concerned, showers are likely west of the Cascades and rain east. Roads and sidewalks are going to be wet with puddles all over so keep those feet warm! Dress to stay warm and to stay dry!

This cold front will bring in the coldest air mass we’ve seen so far this fall. Snow levels will drop Friday afternoon and will reach 4,500′-5,000′ by Saturday morning. Snow showers are likely above this elevation into the weekend. A couple inches will fall across the high country and if you’re planning to head over the higher passes through this time frame make sure to check TripCheck and look at the roads.

Showers on Saturday will taper off through the day. Sunday will feature dry weather but cooler temperatures. The whole weekend will stay cool from the new air mass moving in. It does appear another weaker system will approach the area next week.

If you’d like more on your local weather, head over to Facebook and/or Twitter!

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

Beers and BoogieMEDFORD, Ore. — A Southern Oregon brewery is trading brews for bucks today in an effort to help local kids.

Tonight, Walkabout Brewery will hold an event to raise money for Sparrow Clubs of Southern Oregon. A portion of beer and wine purchases will be given to the program. Community members can enjoy live music, dancing, a silent auction, and food.

Event Coordinating Jennifer Hedgepeth says, “Not only does it benefit the Sparrow Clubs, but it highlights some of or amazing local vendors and that’s what’s great about living in the rogue valley. We all come together as a community to support these amazing organizations that truly change lives.”

The event starts tonight at 6 and runs until 8:30. There is a $15 cover charge that includes food catered by sunrise cafe.

lottery voteGRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon voters may soon get to decide if millions of dollars of lottery funds should be state controlled. “Securing Our Safety” is a group of citizens dedicated to restoring public safety in Josephine County.

Members are proposing a measure to allow 50-percent of state-controlled lottery dollars to be county-controlled instead. The measure was supposed to be on this year’s November ballot, but the group failed to get enough signatures. Now, the supporters aim to gather 150,000 signatures for the measure to go on the November 2016 ballot.

Chief Petitioner Cliff Thomason says, “In Josephine County we can use it for public safety where we have a big need, we can also use it to help some of the schools and their infrastructure.”

So far 12,000 signatures have been collected.

Merkley @ SOUASHLAND, Ore. — Senator Jeff Merkley visited Ashland yesterday, hitting 50 towns in seven days as part of his “Jobs and Opportunity Tour” leading up to the election.

He stopped at Southern Oregon University to meet with students and faculty members for a roundtable discussion. Merkley answered questions about student loans, debt, and the increase in tuition costs. Some students say, it was also beneficial just to meet the Oregon leader.

Dylan Bloom, a student at SOU says, “It was also nice to put a face to the name and see how he interacts with people as a person as an individual.”

Senator Merkley also stopped in Medford and Grants Pass, and is continuing his tour today in the Willamette valley.

 

houston march 3CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — One year later, the search for the suspect and vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run continues. Oregon State Police is asking for the public’s help to solve the incident that killed two men on October 30th, 2013, near Cave Junction.

Police received the report about fifteen minutes after midnight last year that two people were struck by a vehicle in the 27000 block of Highway 199, South of Cave Junction.

When emergency personnel arrived, they confirmed 21-year old Jarred Houston and 41-year old Robert Calvin – both from Cave Junction – were dead. The involved vehicle and driver had already fled the scene of the crime.

Houston and Calvin were reportedly in a dispute that turned physical and spread out into the middle of the road where they were hit by the suspect vehicle. The vehicle in question was described by Police as light colored, possibly tan, 1980s style single cab Toyota pickup, with a matching color canopy and some front end damage.

Police have invested hundreds of hours into the investigation, but to no avail. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the unsolved case.

Anyone with information is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-776-6111,

halloweenMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police are offering some tips to parents to keep their children safe this Halloween, including finding out who lives in their neighborhood.

Medford Police said they have about 700 registered sex offenders in Medford and about 50 of them are “Predatory” sex offenders. Before you leave the house Friday night, Police say you can look up your area with an interactive map to see what registered sex offenders might be in the surrounding houses.

The map only shows “Predatory” sex offenders and gives you a picture and who the offender typically targets.

Medford Police are also offering other tips this year to stay safe, including giving your child a flashlight or glow stick to stay visible, staying on sidewalks, and giving curfew and check-in times for kids and teenagers.

Police say all drivers should use extreme caution while traveling on Halloween night.

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MEDFORD, Ore., –Notice something different on NewsWatch 12? Wednesday night we debuted a brand new set. It’s the same number one news team, just a better view!

Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.  NewsWatch 12 moved from a 600 square foot facility to more than 2500 square feet. Tripling our size allowed for 7 separate spaces instead of just a news desk and a green wall. NewsWatch 12 now has an interview set, sports center, weather center, weather wall, update center, kitchen and an amazing new desk for our anchors.

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MEDFORD, Ore., — Take a quick virtual tour of NewsWatch 12′s new set and see time lapse video of the move in and set up our 7 separate sets.

Same number one news team, just a better view! Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.  NewsWatch 12 moved from a 600 square foot facility to more than 2500 square feet. Tripling our size allowed for 7 separate spaces instead of just a news desk and a green wall. NewsWatch 12 now has an interview set, sports center, weather center, weather wall, update center, kitchen and an amazing new desk for our anchors.

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