Dan Pope

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Name: Dan Pope
Date registered: October 30, 2012


Returning to forecast Southern Oregon’s weather, Newswatch 12’s Chief Meteorologist Dan Pope has the experience to forecast the microclimates of changeable weather from the Coast to the Rogue Valley, the Cascades, Northern California and the Klamath Basin. His love of weather started when he was five years old, watching the clouds and storms. By the time he was in the 6th grade he set a goal to be a Television Meteorologist for his career. Dan has followed his dream, career, and then some. He passed the rigorous American Meteorological Society’s “TV Station Scientist” program in 2006, and has become a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. Only four percent of all weathercasters in North America hold this distinction. In fact, no other Television weathercaster in Southern Oregon and Northern California can display the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist “Seal of Approval”. He says, “I eat, drink and sleep weather. It is extremely important for me to present the weather on Newswatch 12’s Newscasts, on our website and multimedia--in an understandable, entertaining and accurate way”. Dan says he and his wife are very lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in America. He enjoys the abundance of recreation, mountain biking trails, hiking, backpacking, the “Redwoods and Pacific Ocean one tank trips”. But, he especially loves to fish. Any opportunities to throw that fly into the water for a Brook trout or hook a Salmon or Steelhead in the Rogue River (or any of the other rivers in the region) is a good day in Dan’s book. Dan and his wife Diane lived in Medford when Dan was a Chief Meteorologist in years past, and both of them are here again together. They have been married 30 years! And they have three sons, Matt, Steven and Ben.

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  1. Temperatures 5-15 Degrees Above Average — October 21, 2013
  2. Seven Days of Sunny and Mild Weather — October 20, 2013
  3. Clear Moonlit Nights, Sunny Warm Days — October 18, 2013
  4. Freeze Warning Tonight, Sunny Later — October 13, 2013
  5. Fall Weather Is Definitely in the Air — October 6, 2013

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Dan’s Garden: Fire Resistant Planting

MEDFORD, Ore. — It is hot. The fire danger is up. People really need to be aware of how their landscape could contribute to the fuel load of a fire if an ember blew over. Really the best way to think about that is to actually think about envisioning an ember flying in from a … Continue reading »

Severe Weather Hits Region, More to Come

Hail the size of quarters hit Ruch in the Applegate Valley and rainfall up to 3/4′s of an inch was also recorded.  Other severe reports came from Howard Prairie, near Lake of the Woods Highway 140 west of the summit, near Oregon Caves and Williams and around Rogue River. Well over 1000 lightning strikes also … Continue reading »

Cooler/Humid Weather Helping Fire Fight

High temperatures dropped by more than 15 degrees in the valleys of Southwest Oregon, bringing higher humidity and helping firefighting efforts.  Skies will turn sunny through the weekend, with a more off-shore flow of air, likely moving the heavy smoke around and putting it back into the Illinois Valley and keeping Grants Pass and the … Continue reading »

T-Storms, Fires, Smoke, Cooler Temps

Thunderstorms have produced over 100 lightning strikes in Klamath County, more than 50 lightning strikes in Siskiyou County and several strikes in Eastern Jackson County.  Hail one inch in diameter dropped at Crescent Lake, while one inch of rain was recorded between Chemult and Crescent.  Some rain has fallen in the Scott and Shasta Valleys, … Continue reading »

Smoke, Dry Lightning/Any Relief in Sight

Smoke from the six major fires will continue to cause Unhealthful to Hazardous air quality for the next couple of days.  A “Catch 22″ develops as some dry thunderstorms will be passing over the Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon and parts of Northern California. Dry lightning could aggravate the wildfire situation, but the motion of air … Continue reading »

Smoke Becomes Serious Health Issue

High levels of “Particulate Matter” we call PM 2.5 and PM 10 have moved into the HAZARDOUS range across much of Southwest Oregon and even parts of Northern California.  It really has been so bad, I recommend that you stay inside or use protective masks like the P95 or P100.  You can purchase them at … Continue reading »

Finally, Cooler Weather is on The Way!

Severe thunderstorms hit the Scott Valley of Northern California with over 1 to 2 inches in several locations.  Heavy rain hit the Trinity Alps, Near Mt. Shasta and Yreka…but outside of the heavy rain, over 1000 lightning strikes hit the ground from the Klamath National Forest to the Siskiyou National Forest.  Additional dry lightning strikes … Continue reading »

Hottest Day Yet…Cooler Weather Coming!

The high in Medford easily reached the hottest of the year, with the official reading of 106, just one degree shy of the record of 107 set in 1988.  Cave Junction recorded 108 and Eagle Point 107, while it was 109 in Happy Camp. Temperatures will still climb over the century mark on Friday, but … Continue reading »

Ask The Meteorologist Cirrus Clouds

What are Cirrus Clouds, and what do they look like?

Triple Digits Again Then lower Next Week

Isolated thunderstorms overnight and tomorrow will primarily impact Siskiyou, Modoc, Klamath and Lake Counties…including the Cascades.  Some dry lightning strikes are possible, but the Rogue Valley will be sunny, hot and dry.

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