A fire weather warning was in effect throughout the day and evening Wednesday, and there was very good reason for that. Winds Wednesday afternoon were gusting to 52 miles per hour, just north of Weed, where crews are still battling the Boles Fire. Although it will be breezy Thursday, wind speeds will pale in comparison to those of Wednesday, with gusts up to 25 miles per hour in northern California. With all of the fires burning in the area, the showers we are expecting, and have already seen in some locations, will help a bit.
Measurable rainfall has been recorded near the Onion Mountain Fire, and in fact, some of the heaviest and steadiest rain Wednesday was seen in Josephine County. As the rain slowly shifts eastward throughout the overnight hours into Thursday, the Happy Camp Complex and the Boles Fire will stand the chance at some much needed rain.
Fortunately, there haven’t been any lightning strikes in our area, although a few were recorded just south of Del Norte County. There a chance of embedded rumbles of thunder east of the Cascades Thursday, but that’s about the extent of the lighting threat. Showers taper off Thursday night and by Friday afternoon, temperatures will be back on the rise. Middle 90′s are in the forecast for the Rogue Valley this weekend, but another cold front next Wednesday brings another shot at showers and cooler temperatures.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna