A cold front swept through the area Wednesday morning, and in its wake, temperatures have been much cooler. In fact, most locations saw highs around ten degrees below average. We will still be on the cool side Thursday, but this unseasonable weather will only last a short time longer. By the weekend, highs will climb to the triple digits in west side valleys and northern California.
The cold front not only brought relief from the summer heat, but measurable rainfall as well. On Tuesday, some locations saw nearly an inch of rain from the afternoon storms. As the front passed Wednesday morning, scattered showers added to those totals. In Shady Cove, nearly 0.20 inches were reported. On the coast, amounts ranged from a couple tenths up to over half an inch. In Medford, the official total was just shy of one tenth.
Temperatures will drop rapidly Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, and the abnormally cool night poses a threat for some gardeners in the Klamath Basin. Overnight lows are expected to fall to the middle 30′s for locations like Chemult and Chiloquin, so patchy frost is possible. The same goes for portions of the Cascades. Just to be safe, cover sensitive plants or bring them inside for the night. Enjoy the pleasant day Thursday…temperatures will only be rising over the several days, with no rain chances in the immediate future.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna