Calmer Weather Means Increasing Smoke

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Starting this week off with better air quality due to the storms over the weekend dropping plenty of rain and providing rising air which helped to lift out a lot of the smoke that was impacting us the last couple of weeks. With calmer weather settling in the smoke will start to increase and air quality will again deteriorate through the week.

Today will be the last push of the upper-level low that’s been responsible for the thunderstorms. Thunderstorm activity will pick up for one more day this afternoon and evening bringing isolated thunderstorms along and east of the Cascades as well as east Siskiyou county. Thunderstorms can produce heavy rain, hail, gusty winds and abundant lightning. Due to the lightning threat and dry fuels Klamath and Lake county are in a Red Flag Warning from 1:00 to 11:00 tonight.

This low will finally lift north tonight and high pressure will begin to build in returning calm, warm, dry weather to the region. Another upper low is set to arrive Thursday and Friday which could bring us our next chance for thunderstorms. For now I’m adding only a slight chance for storms along and east of the Cascades Friday afternoon. We will continue to monitor this system and bringing you the latest on Newswatch12.

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Meteorologist Megan Parry