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Active Weather…But Not What You Think!

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

Earlier in the week I were talking about entering an inactive weather pattern. Well, depending on how you look at it, we currently have active weather. We’re not getting the rain, hail, snow, and thunderstorms. Instead, we are getting other active scenarios.

Temperatures:

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High Temperatures recorded for Thursday, June 5th

High pressure has entered the region allowing for the suppression of clouds and the promotion of warm temperatures. So warm in fact, that our highs for today were closer to records than seasonal averages. We cleared the 90′s in the Valley and parts of Northern California. The Klamath Basin hit the lower 80′s.

Two exceptions:

Number one: Most coastal locations were around average hitting the 60′s.

Number two: The Chetco Effect only happening at Brookings. Brookings hit a high of 91 degrees today! This is an unofficial record break. Basically what this means is that because of the type and location of the reporting station, there are gaps in the climatological data. The “known” record was 90 degrees in 1955. So what happens now is the National Climatology and Data Center will review the data and make an official decision on the record. As of now, all we can say is that we “unofficially” broke a record today!

These hot afternoon highs will continue for a few days. A thermal trough has set itself up because of the very warm temperatures. This one is expected to last at least until Monday, keeping afternoon highs very warm until then. After this, a few shortwave troughs will move in some clouds and colder air, cooling things off a bit.

Fire Weather:

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RED FLAG WARNING for Western Rogue River Basin and Western Klamath National Forest — June 5th

A RED FLAG WARNING has been in effect since 2:00 this afternoon for the Western Rogue River Basin. This will last until 8 p.m Thursday. This includes the City of Cave Junction. Another separate RED FLAG WARNING will start Thursday at 8 p.m. and last until 8 a.m. for the Western Klamath National Forest in Siskiyou County. This includes the city of Fort Jones. During these periods, these locations will see extremely low relative humidities along with gusty winds. If any new ignitions start, spreading will be expected. Very dry air is parked over the region due to the ridge of high pressure.

Winds:

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Wind Gusts Recorded at 7:00pm Thursday, June 5th

Very gusty winds are expected over the next few days. A tight pressure gradient is sitting off the coast and when this occurs, winds pick up in the region. The area most affected will be the coast (especially North Bend). Sustained winds on Thursday afternoon were up to 35 mph. Gusts reaching as high as 40 mph. Because of the strength of the high pressure ridge, winds will continue to sick around until it breaks down. Every afternoon will see this mostly northerly flow. The winds coming from the north and moving offshore near Brookings Harbor is what’s causing the Chetco to set up and keep Brookings very warm.

These conditions are expected to continue to persist for the short term.

Thanks for logging on and try to stay cool out there!

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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Photos Submitted Today:

Terry Croft: Dinner Time!!

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Today in Weather History:

U.S. assault troops approach Utah Beach in a barge on June 6, 1944, as allied forces storm the Normandy beaches on D-Day. -- Courtesy of USA Today

U.S. assault troops approach Utah Beach in a barge on June 6, 1944, as allied forces storm the Normandy beaches on D-Day. — Courtesy of USA Today

D-Day was originally supposed to occur on the 5th of June, 1944. However, weather conditions were not favorable and the invasion was looking like it would be put off for two weeks. Luckily, a break in the storms provided a small window the next day (June 6th) allowing for favorable conditions to carry out the mission. Read about it here.