Winds continue to blow from the west and southwest, and that has pushed the smoke from the Happy Camp Complex fires into southern Oregon again Thursday. Air quality has been reading unhealthy across Siskiyou County, and even in Klamath Falls, air quality has been reading unhealthy as well.
A cold front passes Friday into Saturday, and this will shift the winds aloft that are steering the smoke from the west southwest to the northwest. Although smoke and haze will remain in northern California, it will help keep the smoke out of southern Oregon. A few clouds will move through in addition to the smoke, and temperatures will drop by about ten degrees. By Labor Day on Monday, temperatures warm back up, but remain very near our seasonal averages. Expect pleasant temperatures and mostly sunny skies, aside from smoke, for all inland locations.
We will see another, weaker, cold front pass towards the middle of next week. Temperatures climb to the 90′s in the Rogue Valley and northern California Tuesday, but the cold front mid-week drops highs back down to the 80′s.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna