Some showers fell Wednesday as the upper level low tracked eastward onshore through the day. First, at the coast and in the Coastal Range in the morning hours, then in the Cascades and the Northern tier of the forecast area. The heaviest of rain fell near Port Orford and Bandon. Most of the thunderstorm activity stayed well to the north of us, however at least one lightning strike was recorded off the coast near Port Orford earlier this morning. Snow levels were down to 5,000′ in the Cascade range so some upper elevation location saw a rain/snow mix falling. Nothing resulted in accumulation due to the surface temperatures being above freezing. All activity was in the form of short-lived isolated showers and no significant rainfall was recorded. Showers diminished greatly in the area towards the late afternoon.
Now that the upper level low is moving out of the area, conditions will improve for at least the next couple of days. Temperatures will begin warming and we should be closer to seasonal average by Thursday. We are still situated in the upper level trough that the low remained in, so we will still have the chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms. Thursday should prove to be dry with just light clouds streaming through the area. Clouds will increase into the weekend as a series of disturbances move along the trough and into our region. Friday night will see the next wave of isolated activity. Instability will be greater in this period so thunderstorm activity is expected. Showers should start in the western valleys, Northern California, and the Cascades by Friday night. Saturday will bring an increase in these showers, and also move them into the Klamath Basin. All showers and thunderstorms should finish by early Monday morning.
In the long term, Monday should see clouds hang around as we will still not be out of the trough of lower pressure. Another chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms will appear in Siskiyou County on Tuesday. Wednesday will be dry again with clouds in all areas.
Thanks for logging on and have a great day!
Meteorologist Seth Phillips
Photos Submitted Today:
Karla Perez: Sun and Clouds
Herb Kennedy: American Goldfinch
Deborsha Lashway: Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds