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 »

Boles Fire at 479 Acres

WEED, Calif. — Despite the dangers of the Boles Fire, firefighters say they are making progress. Rains last night helped with containment and mop up efforts. The fire is at 479 acres, but is now 85% contained. More than 100 homes were damaged or destroyed, and 1,100 are still being threatened. A $10,000 reward remains … Continue reading »

Ask the Met: Can Rain Evaporate?

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Can rain evaporate before it hits the ground?” William, Mr. Ward’ 6th Grade Class St. Mary’s School Rain can certainly evaporate before reaching the ground and this is something we see quite often around here! This is very common during the summer months and right now, as we head into fall. … Continue reading »

Fall-Like Weather Just for Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Fall-like weather is here today and boy does it feel nice. Temperatures are going to be closer to seasonal norms, starting off mild due to the cloud cover but not warming much this afternoon. We’ll top out in the 70′s and 80′s across most inland locations. The rain has allowed air quality … Continue reading »

Rain Showers May Help the Fire Fight

WEATHER DISCUSSION A fire weather warning was in effect throughout the day and evening Wednesday, and there was very good reason for that.  Winds Wednesday afternoon were gusting to 52 miles per hour, just north of Weed, where crews are still battling the Boles Fire.  Although it will be breezy Thursday, wind speeds will pale … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Speed of Light

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How much fast is lightning than sound?” John from Mr. Ward’s 6th grade class, St. Mary’s School in Medford The short answer is that lightning is MUCH faster than sound.  But the lightning bolt itself travels slower than the speed of light, which is the lightning bolt you see from a distance.  The … Continue reading »

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