Rain, Wind, and Cooler Air This Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION With a long dry spell over the last few weeks and only a glimmer of showers last week, a much larger/stronger system is approaching. A large digging trough moving in from the west will usher in quite a bit of moisture with a series of cold fronts. Before I get to that, I’ll … Continue reading »

Some Firefighter Crews Leaving Weed

WEED, Calif. — At one point the Boles Fire had more than a thousand fire fighters on scene. The Cal Fire Incident Management Team will be gone, leaving local resources in charge. The fire camp at the fairgrounds in Yreka is being taken down and final steps in handing the incident over are being made. … Continue reading »

Church Service Continues After Fire

WEED, Calif. — As residents return to their homes and fire crews move out, church services continue. Nothing remains of the Presbyterian Church after the Boles Fire destroyed it and the Catholic Church across the street. Even with no building, service went on. A small room inside the Weed Mercantile building hosted a few dozen … Continue reading »

A Tiny Miracle Out of the Ash

WEED, Cal. – Bertha Cervantes looks on as a team of family members and firefighters sift through rubble under the setting sun. For hours, the firefighters have been helping her family search the burnt wreckage of their home for surviving valuables, even after many other families have already called it a day. Despite the devastation, … Continue reading »

Scoggins Creek Fire 200-350 Acres

(CNN) — A fast moving wildfire has forced several evacuations near Hagg Lake. Friday evening, families in a Gaston neighborhood were ordered to evacuate. The fire was first reported Friday afternoon on private timberland. State forestry officials say the Scoggins Creek Fire, located 2 miles northwest of Hagg Lake, is burning in extremely dry brush … Continue reading »

Boles Fire Now 100% Contained

WEED, Calif. — The Boles Fire is now 100% contained, holding at 479 acres. CAL FIRE reports the Damage Assessment Teams have concluded their inspections and are working with the City and County to produce a final damage inspection report. Excess resources are being released and made available for other incidents as necessary. If you … Continue reading »

Cooling Off for the Start of Fall

WEATHER DISCUSSION Summer has been hanging on by a nail. Every time we get a cold front that brings a relief, another dominant ridge of high pressure brings in temperatures well above average. The good news, is that on the first day of fall, we will be seeing “fall-like” temperatures. A series of strong cold … Continue reading »

Summer Hangs On Tightly This Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION With high pressure in control for the next couple of days, highs Saturday are going to be well above average.  For some locations, afternoon temperatures will reach near record values.  In Medford, the record high for September 20th is 98 degrees, and the forecast high is only one degree shy of that. That’s … Continue reading »

Summer-Like Before the Start of Fall

  WEATHER DISCUSSION The cooler weather from Thursday didn’t last long. High pressure will slide in today, as a “rex block” sits over the West. This pattern in the jet stream brings offshore winds to the coast, enhancing the Chetco Effect and warming up all coastal communities. Inland, this means hot and dry weather returns. … Continue reading »

Mostly Sunny and Warmer For Friday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Rain showers ended around the area sooner than anticipated, and the clouds began to break throughout the afternoon Thursday.  That afternoon sunshine will continue for Friday after a few clouds move through Thursday night.  Over the past couple of days, measurable rain did fall in some locations, but from about I-5 eastward, rainfall … Continue reading »

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