Tuesday evening’s thunderstorms popped up in parts of northern California and east of the Cascades. They were more isolated in nature and did not produce as much lightning as Monday’s storms in Josephine and Jackson Counties. As the storms exit the region, a more quiet pattern takes over, but not before bringing some cloud cover Wednesday morning and gusty winds by Wednesday afternoon.
The clouds moving through the next 24 hours will be short-lived, but the cooler temperatures that are on the way will continue through the next several days. Highs are going to be about five degrees below average by the end of the work week, and sunshine continues for most locations.
However, in areas where fires continue to burn, the smoke is still creating a thick haze and breathing problems for residents. Fort Jones in Siskiyou County was reporting air quality in the “unhealthy” category again Tuesday. That’s indicative of conditions that are unhealthy for everyone, and any extended period of time spent outdoors is not advised. The goods news is that we aren’t expecting any new lightning-caused fire starts any time soon. High pressure builds in over the next few days, meaning a quiet weather pattern free from the thunder and lightning.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna