No Fishing Restrictions Yet

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The severe dry conditions in California are now impacting fishing, but Oregon wildlife officials say restrictions are not in place for the Rogue Valley just yet. California has closed fishing on a number of rivers and streams, including Smith River, due to the severe drought. The Oregon Department of Fish and … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Not Offering Pass Refunds

MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — More than a month into ski season — Mount Ashland still does not have enough snow to open. Season pass holders are growing restless as the ski season remains at a standstill, but the mountain says it will not be issuing refunds. The mountain says season pass holders take a leap … Continue reading »

ODF Tackles Alder Creek Fire

NEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. — Dry weather and strong winds helped fuel a fire north east of Shady Cove and the Oregon Department of Forestry says they have it just about contained to about 125 acres. It may be winter, but the conditions are just right for wildfires and Thursday afternoon, the Oregon Department of … Continue reading »

Dry Conditions Spur Oregon Wildfires

NEAR SALEM, Ore. — In addition to the Alder Creek Fire, the Oregon Department of Forestry says unusually dry, windy conditions have triggered several wildfires in western Oregon. In the Astoria District between Arch Capes and Manzanita, the Oregon Department of Forestry is responding to the 50-acre Falcon Fire and nearby the 30-acre Shingle Mill … Continue reading »

125 Acre Fire Burning Near Shady Cove

NEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. — Oregon Department of Forestry is responding to a 125 acre fire, designated as the Alder Creek Fire, burning 16 miles northeast of Shady Cove and about 15 miles up Elk Creek Road. The fire was first reported at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. ODF says they are responding with one bulldozer, … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Dry Winter

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST- LONG RANGE FORECAST “Do you anticipate a lot more snowfall during the rest of the ski season? I heard we were experiencing a week to moderate El Nino, will that make a big difference?” Justin Brumble SOU Eagle Point When we do a seasonal forecast we no longer look at weather models … Continue reading »

Wildfire Warning in Southern Oregon

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Extremely dry weather will combine with gusty, dry winds this week to increase the risk of fire in Southern Oregon. And if the weather pattern continues, that risk of wildfire could stick around for a long time, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Rogue Valley is under a Red … Continue reading »

Farmers Keeping Calm in Face of Drought

TALENT, Ore. — Drought-like conditions continue throughout the state of Oregon, and some farmers say they are starting to grow concerned, but they are not ready to declare a disaster quite yet. Only a little over half of an inch of rain has fallen in the Rogue Valley this year, but farmers are remaining optimistic. … Continue reading »

Driest Year Mixed With Stagnation

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry is bracing for another extremely busy fire season. Some prescribed burns are now on hold because of the air stagnation, meaning more fuel is available for potential fires and dry fuel. 2013 was the driest year on record for most of Southern Oregon and a drought is … Continue reading »

Drought To Persist or Intensify

WEATHER PATTERN & DROUGHT OUTLOOK Last November I made an extended winter forecast taking an in-depth look at the teleconnections that influence the Pacific Northwest including the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). Our weather pattern included a neutral ENSO and cool phase (negative) of the PDO, which history has … Continue reading »

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