Ask the Meteorologist: Average Rainfall

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What is the average amount of rain in the Rogue Valley?” Abby, 6th Grader at St. Mary’s School When we talk about climate data for the Rogue Valley, we have to use the data for Medford.  That’s because there are no other official reporting stations in the area.  For example, we have … Continue reading »

Showers Will Subside, But Only Briefly

WEATHER DISCUSSION An area of low pressure has continued to slowly drag northwards along the coast of northern California Wednesday afternoon and evening.  As expected, it brought measurable rainfall to Siskiyou County and the coast, but rainfall amounts were much lower inland.  For comparison, Mount Shasta City saw nearly an inch of rain Wednesday, where locations … Continue reading »

Storm Causes Concern for California

CALIFORNIA – 50 year-old rainfall records are being shattered up and down California this morning, but it’s not all good news for the state. The torrential rains are triggering flash floods and mud slides in areas stripped bare by wildfires. The scorched earth of California, suffering through its worst drought in more than a century, … Continue reading »

Mainly Rain for the Showers Coming Up

WEATHER DISCUSSION A deep upper level low is slowly making its way northwest off the Northern Californian coast. As it does, the moisture that it’s pulling from the Pacific is creating quite a hazard for California. Even though the entire state is drought-stricken, the rainfall there is coming down too fast. When this happens, rain … Continue reading »

Showers Off & On Through Wednesday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Light rain made its way into northern California and southern Oregon Tuesday afternoon, and those showers will continue to move through the area Wednesday.  It’s all part of the low that’s just offshore to our south and west.  While this storm system is bringing some much needed rain to California, it is also … Continue reading »

Rain Moves in Tonight

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Fog has formed across many inland locations this morning, bringing poor visibilities. This is freezing fog for the Klamath Basin where temperatures are starting off near freezing. The fog will gradually lift into the afternoon but the clouds will stick around through tonight. Increasing mid and high level clouds will bring rain … Continue reading »

Showers Returning By Tuesday Evening

WEATHER DISCUSSION A warm front brought light showers to the area early Monday, but as it stalled out to our north, it brought steady rainfall to places like North Bend.  Throughout the day on Monday, we saw mainly mostly cloudy skies, which will be the case to start the day on Tuesday. However, an area … Continue reading »

Showers Come & Go This Week

  WEATHER DISCUSSION A warm front is lifting north across the state of Oregon. This brought rain showers west of the Cascades overnight and snow showers along the Cascades and in the Klamath Basin. Snow is blanketing parts of Highway 140 and also Highway 97 and holiday travels should drive with caution. Snow levels will … Continue reading »

Light Overnight and Morning Showers

WEATHER DISCUSSION The cold front that moved south Saturday morning made its way down to Middle California by the end of Saturday and then stalled. It was waiting for the winds to shift back out of the south and move a new air mass right back in to our area. A warm front is now … Continue reading »

Showers Diminish This Afternoon

WEATHER DISCUSSION The cold front has successfully passed through Southern Oregon and is headed into Northern California. Now, the bulk of the precipitation is there and as the day moves on, only light showers will be the story for our area. Snow levels started near 4,500′ this morning and quickly dropped allowing for snow to … Continue reading »

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