Showers Continue Into Monday

WEATHER DISCUSSION As expected, the wave of low pressure moved in late this morning and continues spreading precipitation through the region as the day went on. Light, but steady widespread showers cover the radar map as of 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Snow levels were at about 5,500′ keeping rain falling on everything but the extreme … Continue reading »

Not Finished With the High Pressure

WEATHER DISCUSSION If you remember the set up we had last weekend, then you probably have noticed a similarity to it this weekend. The beginning of last weekend started with the break down of a dominant ridge of high pressure and then a small wave of low pressure skimmed in and brought light showers to … Continue reading »

A Change in the Pattern on the Horizon

WEATHER DISCUSSION Over the past week or so, southern Oregon and northern California has been trapped under a strong ridge of high pressure.  The temperature inversion associated with the ridge has held in not only the fog that developed, but also pollution from sources like wood burning stoves.  We will finally get a storm system … Continue reading »

More Dense Fog to Finish the Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION Dense fog continues to lie close to the ground across West Side Valleys. In some locations visibilities will be near or below a quarter of a mile. Be sure to drive with your headlights on and take it slow on the roads! The fog will likely linger through the afternoon in many spots. … Continue reading »

Dense Fog Hangs Around For Friday

WEATHER DISCUSSION As has been the case for the past week or so, high pressure remains in control, and the associated temperature inversions around the area are strong.  These inversions act like a lid on the lower portions of the atmosphere, holding in the fog that develops but allowing for mild, if not almost warm, … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Hurricanes

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST The most common type of weather changes based on location! Here in the Valley fog is very common this time of year. We also tend to see a lot of rain in the winter months in our valleys and snow across the high country. Unfortunately though, in recent weeks we have not … Continue reading »

More Dense Fog for the Valleys

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Another round of dense fog has developed west of the Cascades. This has led to a dense fog advisory across the valleys through 11am. Early drivers should keep headlights on and take it slow on the roads. Fog looks to break by about lunchtime in Medford, earlier in Ashland but later in … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Tornado Speed

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How fast can a tornado go?” Jasmin, Kennedy Elementary The weather question this week focuses not on the wind speed inside the tornado, but of the speed of the storm to which the tornado belongs. We call this the storm’s forward motion. The fastest moving tornado occurred on March 18, 1925.  It is … Continue reading »

More Morning Fog and Mild Temperatures

WEATHER DISCUSSION Dense fog blanketed the Rogue Valley this morning, and finally by the early afternoon, some sunshine began to peek through the clouds.  Temperatures were above average for most locations, but for places like Grants Pass where fog was present most of the day, afternoon highs were actually below average. Thursday will be very … Continue reading »

AM Fog, Becoming Mostly Sunny

WEATHER DISCUSSION Freezing fog has developed across our valleys this morning. Because of this, the airport is planning to fog seed so drivers should take it slow on Biddle and around the airport. Morning temperatures are in the 20’s and 30’s inland ….meanwhile, the coast is in the 40’s and 50’s. Once the low lying clouds … Continue reading »

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