Gusty Winds Raise Fire Concerns

  WEATHER DISCUSSION After the heartbreaking news of the Boles Fire in Weed, California Monday I unfortunately cannot say winds will be improving today. Fire crews will have a tough fight these next 48 hours as winds continue to remain gusty. Sustained winds will be between 10 and 20mph with gusts around 35mph out of … 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 »

Cooler Fall-Like Temperatures on the Way

  WEATHER DISCUSSION The ridge of high pressure that has been bringing the hot and dry weather to our region will begin breaking down these next few days. Winds remain out of the south today and this continues to allow smoke to move into Southern Oregon. We now have another wildfire in our region, the … Continue reading »

Active Weather to Start the Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION After weeks of dry weather, we enter our first active weather pattern of the 2014-15 water year. I’ll break it down by the specifics by category: Smoke: Upper air surface models show that the low pressure system offshore will keep winds out of the south, southwest for the beginning of the week. Therefore, … Continue reading »

Cooler Air and Showers on the Way

WEATHER DISCUSSION Before we start talking about the wonderful thought of showers and cooler air. I must discuss the next few days. We’ll still be getting hot afternoon temperatures as the axis of the high pressure ridge sits over us. In fact, the warmest day should be Sunday, but only by a few degrees at … 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 »

Haze & Smoke Return to Southern Oregon

  WEATHER DISCUSSION A fire weather warning is in effect through 10am Friday for the Cascades and Eastern Douglas County. This warning is for very dry air and conditions that promote active wildfire behavior. Winds will shift again for today, helping to bring smoke back into Central Siskiyou County and much of Southern Oregon. 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 »

Summer by Day, Fall by Night

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Winds remain out of the ENE this morning keeping the smoke out of Central Siskiyou County and just south of Del Norte County. Because winds are northeasterly moreso than easterly, the bulk of the smoke will remain south of the Southern Oregon Coast. A fire weather watch is in effect for the … Continue reading »

Summer Is Hanging On Tight

WEATHER DISCUSSION High temperatures Wednesday were several degrees warmer than Tuesday, and the warm up persists through the weekend.  On Friday, highs will be in the upper 90′s – that’s over ten degrees warmer than average for most locations.  By the middle of next week, a cold front passes to bring highs closer to what is … Continue reading »

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