Showers and T-Storms Move in Tonight

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Tuesday was yet another dry day as our region was caught in a dry slot moving through the upper air. Visible imagery showed cumulus clouds parked over the Northern Coast, west side valleys, and the Cascades. All other areas experienced some light cirrus through the day. Cooler temperatures were experienced today as a bit of cooler air moved in along with the light cloud coverage. Daytime highs were anywhere from 3-10 degrees cooler than those of yesterday. Winds were very strong today with sustained winds getting up to 25mph in the Basin and Northern California. Even the Rogue Valley felt winds up to 20mph. Gusts were even stronger up to 40mph in Modoc County. This strong wind mixed with very low relative humidity caused a RED FLAG WARNING/FIRE WEATHER WATCH to go into effect from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Overnight Tuesday into Wednesday will bring a change in the current scenery. Light isolated showers will move into the coastal areas by late Tuesday. A cold pool of upper level air will also be ushered in behind it. This cooler air aloft created the possibility for uplift, which in turn creates the possibility for thunderstorm activity. These isolated thunderstorms will be contained at the coast and in the Cascades through Wednesday. The west side valleys will just get some light isolated showers. Thursday will be dry again, despite the fact that we will still be in an upper level trough. A few shortwaves will enter the region by Friday increasing the chance for showers and thunderstorms over the weekend.

Thanks for logging on and enjoy your day!

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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  1. Sara Hammond says:

    Ron Brown was wondering why the grass seemed to grow faster when there was lightning. I am not sure why except perhaps while some molecules are lining up, others are set free, but there is more Nitrogen in the atmosphere feeding that grass. Amazing!

    1. Seth Phillips says:

      That’s a great point. Lightning actually converts the Nitrogen in the atmosphere into ammonium and nitrates. The rain then mixes with these substances and transports them to the ground where they soak up into the soil. This process, plus the added rainfall helps promote grass growth.

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