A significant change in the weather blew through Southern Oregon and Northern California…clearing pollution from the Western Valleys and across the Klamath Basin. Rainfall amounts were significant, with reports of two inches or more near Brookings and between one and two inches in the Illinois Valley and north of Grants Pass, up to Southern Douglas County and Coos County. About one half inch was noted in Wimer and Rogue River and .09″ in Eagle Point and only .01″ at the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport. (That is a perfect example of the rain shadow effect–as southerly winds “down-slope” the Syskiyou Mountains and evaporate precipitation in the Southern and Western side of the Rogue Valley).
The high temperature in Medford jumped to 59 degrees, when southerly winds gusted to 37 miles per hour. Today’s high of 59 was the warmest temperature in Medford since November 28th, when it was 61.
We’ll get a break on Thursday, but a slow moving front is projected to bring rain to the Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon Friday and Saturday; followed by much colder air and occasional showers Sunday and part of Monday. Snow levels will drop to 2,500 feet, possibly lower Sunday and Monday.
High pressure returns for a sunny day on Tuesday, but the long range computer models indicate that other storms will follow as we head into February.