Kate McKenna

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Name: Kate McKenna
Date registered: June 9, 2014

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  1. Summer Hangs On Tightly This Weekend — September 19, 2014
  2. Mostly Sunny and Warmer For Friday — September 18, 2014
  3. Rain Showers May Help the Fire Fight — September 17, 2014
  4. Ask the Meteorologist: Speed of Light — September 17, 2014
  5. Happy Camp Complex Evacuations Lifted — September 16, 2014

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Summer Hangs On Tightly This Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION With high pressure in control for the next couple of days, highs Saturday are going to be well above average.  For some locations, afternoon temperatures will reach near record values.  In Medford, the record high for September 20th is 98 degrees, and the forecast high is only one degree shy of that. That’s … Continue reading »

Mostly Sunny and Warmer For Friday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Rain showers ended around the area sooner than anticipated, and the clouds began to break throughout the afternoon Thursday.  That afternoon sunshine will continue for Friday after a few clouds move through Thursday night.  Over the past couple of days, measurable rain did fall in some locations, but from about I-5 eastward, rainfall … Continue reading »

Rain Showers May Help the Fire Fight

WEATHER DISCUSSION 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 … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Speed of Light

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How much fast is lightning than sound?” John from Mr. Ward’s 6th grade class, St. Mary’s School in Medford The short answer is that lightning is MUCH faster than sound.  But the lightning bolt itself travels slower than the speed of light, which is the lightning bolt you see from a distance.  The … Continue reading »

Happy Camp Complex Evacuations Lifted

HAPPY CAMP, Cal. -  As of 9:00 AM on Wednesday, Sept. 17, all mandatory and advisory evacuations for areas on Scott River Road from Highway 96 to Joyland Gulch are lifted.  This includes the community of Scott Bar, Mill Creek Road, and all other roads not mentioned.  All road closures on Scott River Road will … Continue reading »

Winds Will Continue to Gust Wednesday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Tuesday afternoon, as expected, winds were gusting to near 40 miles per hour again near Weed.  We will not see this change for Wednesday.  A fire weather warning is already in effect for central Siskiyou County, which includes the Shasta Valley, until 9 PM Wednesday.  For most of the Klamath Basin, the fire … Continue reading »

Gusty Winds Affect the Fire Fights

WEATHER DISCUSSION As a trough of low pressure approached the Northwest, winds picked up throughout Monday afternoon.  One weather station near Weed reported a gust of 39 miles per hour, and when a fire began near that city, it grew quickly.  Fueled by the gusty southerly winds and very low humidity, the Boles Fire prompted … Continue reading »

Smoky This Weekend, Cooler Next Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION Winds aloft continue to blow from the southwest, pushing the smoke into southern Oregon.  There will be no major change in this pattern until a cold front passes towards the middle of next week.  This not only shifts the winds, but it also drops high temperatures down to the upper 70′s and lower … Continue reading »

Gold Hill Fire Contained

[UPDATE 10:30 a.m.] — ODF Has confirmed that the fire was human caused, however details as to how it was started were not given. Tune in to NewsWatch 12 tonight for more information as the story develops. GOLD HILL, Ore. -  A pile of wood ignited on the banks of the Rogue River near the … Continue reading »

Fire Weather Concerns & Smoky Skies

WEATHER DISCUSSION Winds aloft shifted Thursday, rerouting the smoke from the Happy Camp Complex back into southern Oregon.  By the afternoon, a veil of smoke was visible in southern Jackson and Klamath Counties.  This will continue throughout the weekend and most of next week. The heat will do the same, at least in the short-term.  Highs … Continue reading »

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