Most of the area will remember 2013 as the driest calendar year on record including Medford, Klamath Falls, Mt. Shasta City, North Bend, Crescent City and Roseburg with Yreka seeing the 2nd driest year. December will also be the coldest year on record for Medford.
High pressure will strengthen on New Year’s Day which will increase valley fog and low clouds once again, especially tonight into tomorrow morning and a Dense Fog Advisory is in place to account for this in west side valleys. Gradual clearing will bring some sunshine again tomorrow afternoon for west side valleys while other areas will see a mix of sun and clouds.
Thursday a weak front will move through mixing up the atmosphere and clearing out the fog and poor air quality as well as bring some showers to the area. Showers will arrive late Thursday and will end early Friday; most activity will be at the coast and Cascades but all shower activity will be light and isolated. After showers end Friday high pressure will return bringing cool and foggy conditions to west side valleys and mild dry conditions elsewhere. The first full week of 2014 looks to bring a better chance for showers, but that is still a long ways off and things could change.
Thanks for logging on and have a Happy New Year!
Meteorologist Megan Parry