Ashland Woman Nearly Struck By Lightning

ASHLAND, Ore. — The thunderstorms which moved through on Tuesday afternoon dropped 4,500 lighting strikes in Northern California and Southern Oregon. One of those hit right in Ashland resident Anne Novina’s backyard. The strike left no scar or scorch mark, but Novina swears she saw the zig-zag pattern hit in the middle of her lawn just 25 … Continue reading »

ODF Lookouts Keep Close Eye on Storms

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — When thunderstorms move into the area as they did on Tuesday afternoon, Fire Officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry are prepared to use all resources they have available. Lookout points are often perched on mountain tops, and the staff use their unique perspective to track storms, lightning strikes, and fires that … Continue reading »

Sun-Blocking Wardrobe

ASHLAND, Ore. – The cool down we’re expecting this week doesn’t mean there’s a break from the potential for sunburns. Experts say many times the coolest days of the summer are the ones people experience the worst damage from harmful ultraviolet rays (UV). While the SPF in sunscreen is a well-known form of protection, UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor … Continue reading »

Heat Impacts Fruits and Vegetables

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The hot weather mixed with severe drought conditions is impacting fruits and vegetables in the Rogue Valley. With the hot sun beating down on crops across southern Oregon, one might think the crops would be dried up, but farmers said with the proper irrigation, some of their crops are even being … Continue reading »

Grass Fire Near Gold Hill

GOLD HILL, Ore. –  Oregon Department of Transportation is working to finish up mowing some of the tall dry grass surrounded the roadways around the Rogue Valley as fire season gets worse. On Wendesday afternoon, though they took extra precautions and had water and fire officials on scene it was not enough to prevent a small … Continue reading »

Arthur Puts a Damper on July 4th

NORTH CAROLINA — The Fourth of July plans for millions on the Eastern Seaboard could be in jeopardy, thanks to now Hurricane Arthur. Evacuations have been ordered in North Carolina, where the storm is expected to make landfall. Many residents are loading up today as they prepare to get out of town before the storm … Continue reading »

Lightning Storms Start Small Fire

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – A lightning storm moved over Douglas County early Wednesday morning.  Approximately 85 lightning strikes have been recorded on the Douglas District, ranging in location from the Azalea area, to Glide, according to a press release from the Douglas Fire Protection Association (DFPA). One fire has been located near Days Creek and is … Continue reading »

Hot Weather Affects Solar Panels

MEDFORD, Ore. –  Tuesday’s above average temperatures meant below average production for one industry. Tom McDowell with Rogue Solar in Medford said one of the largest misconceptions about solar energy is that on hot days, panels will produce more energy. In reality, high temperatures actually produce significantly less energy than they would on an average day. … Continue reading »

Timed Temperature Test Inside Hot Car

MEDFORD, Ore. - NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor spent ten minutes inside a car during the Midday newscast. In that short time a thermometer inside the vehicle rose from 80 degrees to 130 degrees. She had her heart rate and body temperature monitored by Heather Timmons, RN at Providence Medford Medical Center. At the time it was only 82 degrees outside. The demonstration … Continue reading »

Warning Signs of Heat Related-Illnesses

MEDFORD, Ore. – Tuesday started off the month of July as the hottest day of the year for many areas in Southern Oregon. The heat is especially dangerous for people who spend most of the day working outside. In the past four years, 33 people received benefits through Oregon’s workers’ compensation system for heat-related illnesses. The majority … Continue reading »

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