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Cooler, Smoky & Windy Start

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An upper-level low is stalled just off the coast which has been influencing our weather since yesterday in the form of strong winds.  Yreka, California reported wind gusts up to 40 mph with areas in Oregon close to 30 mph.  As we head into tomorrow winds will pick up yet again east of the Cascades with gusts 25 – 35 mph possible in the afternoon.  Due to possibly strong winds and low humidites the National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch that will go into affect tomorrow afternoon.  As we get further into the day tomorrow it may be upgraded to a Red Flag Warning.

Winds are one part of a three part story for the next several days.  As winds strengthen ahead of this low pressure system we’ll see smoke increase across our area as winds are such that they are in ther perfect direction to be blowing smoke from fires into our area, including the mountains, valleys, basins, and northern California.  Air quality has become an issue in Klamath Falls due to the smoke, and while most areas were at a ‘Good’ level as of this morning we may see air quality erode through the day as more smoke enters the region.  For the most up-to-date air quality information click on the link under ‘Weather Links.’

The last story will be the temperatures over the next couple of days, as they will be below normal with the chance for freezing overnight lows possible more than once in the Klamath Basin this week.  As the first upper-level low shifts east tomorrow another one takes it’s place and continues the cooling trend through midweek.  As we head into labor day both lows will be well to our east and well see the return of some 90s to the valleys and northern California.  Also with these systems we’ll see more clouds across the area, as they move east midweek we’ll see the return of sunny skies just in time for our holiday weekend.

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Tomorrow during the 6 AM morning show I’ll be answering a viewer question on why California doesn’t get hurricanes while Mexico and the Southeast do!

Thanks for logging on and have a great Monday!

Meteorologist Megan Parry