Rainfall Amounts Look Slim Friday

WEATHER DISCUSSION As showers approach the coast Thursday evening, rain chances, on the surface, look promising.  Unfortunately, as the line of showers makes its way onshore over the next 24 hours, it will start to fall apart.  That means measurable rain along the coast, but totals will be minimal for inland locations. How minimal? West … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Cirrus Clouds

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What is the maximum altitude of a cirrus cloud?” Will, Mr. Ward’s class, St. Mary’s School Cirrus clouds are those high thin wispy clouds, seen high up in the sky. They get their name from cirro, the root word that means hair curl. Because they are so high in the sky … Continue reading »

A Break in the Rain but More on the Way

  WEATHER DISCUSSION A warm front lifting north and east through the Northwest this morning has brought some rain through the state. Most of this rain has not reached the ground as gauges have failed to record any measurable rain. The high terrain though may catch light rain throughout the morning. Clouds will begin breaking … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Forecasting

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How long does it take you to gather the data for your weather forecast?” Cameron, Mae Richardson Elementary There is a short and long answer to this question.  The short answer is a couple of hours.  The long answer involves the steps we take and everything we utilize to put together our … Continue reading »

A Few Clouds Hang Around Thursday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Although the rain showers came to and end for most locations Wednesday afternoon, one location continued to see precipitation.  Crater Lake saw its first snowfall of the season, and as the flakes continued to fall intermittently Wednesday evening, the accumulation grew.  As of 7 PM Wednesday, snowfall totals along the rim were between … Continue reading »

Snow Falls on Crater Lake

CRATER LAKE, Ore. — Tuesday night’s storm brought the first snowfall for Crater Lake this year. Some roads are closed, and all campgrounds on the park property are also closed. People were excited about the snow, but some were disappointed because they couldn’t see the lake. Hear from park staff and travelers tonight on NewsWatch 12 … Continue reading »

Last Day of Fire Season For SW Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire season ended on Wednesday for Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Southwest Oregon. Fire season started on June 2 this year, and lasted 136 days. Rainfall of at least one-half inch was recorded in many parts of the district, which includes state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forest … Continue reading »

Showers Ongoing This Morning

  WEATHER DISCUSSION We have entered a more active weather pattern. With the jet stream sitting right over the states of Oregon and Washington, several fronts will make their way inland over the next week or so. The first of these several came through Tuesday. Widespread rain fell overnight and as the cold air arrived, … Continue reading »

Showers Continue Wednesday

WEATHER DISCUSSION A line of showers slowly crept eastward Tuesday, bringing steady rain to the coast.  Rainfall amounts have already topped two inches near Brookings, with over three inches reported by a viewer in Whaleshead.  The rain will continue to move inland as the night moves on and showers remain in the forecast for Wednesday. … Continue reading »

Rain Slowly Pushing into Valley

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Rain will be slow to move into West Side Valleys today. At the coast it will be a different story, with rain falling through much of Tuesday. It will be heavy at times and up to 2″ or more is likely in Curry and Coos County. Isolated thunderstorms are possible here as … Continue reading »

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