Fire Weather Threat

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Today an upper level low off shore will usher in two disturbances today that will bring the chance for thunderstorms. The first round will be this morning bringing the best chance for west side valleys to see thunderstorms, unfortunately this is also the most likely threat for dry lightning. A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for this area which means fire weather is imminent; this is due to the possibility of abundant lightning able to spark new fires on the very dry fuels as well as wind gusts up to 40 mph that can spread any new and current fires quickly.

A second chance for thunderstorms arrives this afternoon and evening with wetter storms, however, any rain totals will be light. The thunderstorm threat pushes east tonight into tomorrow with only a slight chance for west side valley storms tomorrow. A Red Flag Warning is in effect tomorrow for the Basin.

Without significant rainfall in the near future expect to deal with the smoke for quite some time and that also means poor air quality. Head to ‘Weather Links’ for current air quality levels in your area.

Tomorrow the upper-level low pushes inland and this will provide cooler temperatures as well as a higher humidities. The marine layer will push further inland, hopefully as far as Douglas and Josephine counties where the largest fires are burning. This weather should help with the fire fight, but what we really need is a cool spell with significant rain…and we just aren’t going to get it any time soon.

Stay safe and limit outdoor activity. Stay tuned to Newswatch12 for the latest.

Meteorologist Megan Parry


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  1. logick says:

    TODAYS WEATHER FORCAST -smoke with chance of fires…..how about we cancel work , bosses don’t understand how this stuff actualy effects people making them sick ect . They still expect you to be top notch.

    1. logick says:

      for older people with breathing problems atleast….

  2. Kenneth Quattlander says:

    The latest AQI measurement for Beijing is 117, with fine particulates at 42 micrograms per cubic meter, according to the U.S. embassy monitoring station. How does that compare with Medford and Grants Pass? Air looks bad around here, but are we still better off than Beijing?

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