NOAA Issues El Nino Watch

The Climate Prediction Center announced Thursday that there is a 50% chance for ENSO-neutral to end and El Nino to develop during the summer or fall. ENSO-neutral is forecast to remain though spring 2014, but if westerly winds continue to emerge in the western equatorial Pacific, the development of El Nino would become more likely.  … Continue reading »

Reservoirs Rise But Still Below Average

ASHLAND, Ore. — Temperatures are warming, and it is causing what little snow pack there is on Mount Ashland and Mount Shasta, to start to melt.  The run-off helps to fill local reservoirs, but officials said those reservoirs are lower than year’s past. Emigrant lake is 39 percent full, and that is higher than it’s … Continue reading »

Obama to Support Wildfire Funding Bill

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local lawmakers are praising President Obama for supporting a House bill that could change the way wildfires are fought around the country. The bill (H.R. 3992), backed by senators Wyden and Merkley as well as representative Walden, would allow disaster relief funds to be spent on catastrophic wildfires. Right now that money … Continue reading »

Hoodoo Offers Ashland Skiers Relief

ASHLAND, Ore. — While Southern Oregon skiers and snowboarders wait for snow on Mount Ashland, there is an option for season pass holders. Friday afternoon, Mt. Ashland announced that the Hoodoo Ski Area near Sisters, Oregon will allow all 2013-14 Mt. Ashland season pass holders free skiing at their resort up until Mt. Ashland opens … Continue reading »

Conditions Just Right for A.F.R. Burns

MEDFORD, Ore. — Crews with the United States Forest Service walked from pile to pile lighting them on fire on designated areas of the Ashland Watershed to make progress on the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project while weather conditions were just right. “To burn the piles like we’re doing, we need the weather, we need the … Continue reading »

Crews Remove Large Tree from House

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Tree cleanup continues across the area following last week’s storm. In Springfield, one homeowner waited nine days to get a tree off her roof. On Glacier Drive in east Springfield, a five-man crew attempted to remove a 135-foot, 22,000 pound Douglas Fir tree that fell on her home a week ago Saturday. … Continue reading »

Lack of Snow Changing Outdoor Gear Sales

MEDFORD, Ore. – Sporting goods stores say the lack of snow is changing their business. Northwest Outdoors Store says snow shoes are usually a big part of their revenues during the winter. Usually they sell dozens in a season and rent out many more each weekend. This year they’ve only sold roughly a half-dozen. But … Continue reading »

Eugene Prepares for High Winds

EUGENE, Ore. — The mess from Saturday’s ice storm is far from cleaned up as homes are still left in the dark and residents are still shaken up from the storm. “It was really the most scared I’ve been in like ten years. They hit our power line, we probably had maybe six hours of … Continue reading »

The Big Corvallis Snow Melt

CORVALLIS, Ore. —  The snow is starting to melt in Corvallis, which means all the main streets in town are pretty clear, but Public Works crews are keeping an eye out for minor flooding. The Public Works Department says crews are now working on plowing streets in residential areas. “We have been plowing continuously for … Continue reading »

Tree Companies Busy Cleaning Up Debris

EUGENE, Ore. — The ice accumulating on tree branches was too much for a lot of trees around town to handle. “We heard just this large crack and shattering as it hit the ground and that’s the piece that came down in the driveway and took out our pickup truck and part of our house,” … Continue reading »

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