Stepping outside you may have noticed the cooler temperatures, that’s due to an upper low that’s sitting over the region ushering in cooler westerly flow. That westerly flow also means inland areas, especially valleys and the east side, will see even more smoke today and poor air quality. Without significant rain in the near future, the smoke could be here for weeks…maybe months. Smoke won’t be a problem at the coast but the marine layer will still keep the sun at bay. That marine layer has made it into the Rogue Valley this morning and that will bring more moisture to help firefighters with the fire fight! But this cool down is short-lived, we start to warm up yet again as we head into next week.
Instability will increase this afternoon and evening bringing the threat for thunderstorms along and east of the Cascades. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for abundant lightning, gusty winds and the dry fuels on the ground. Hail is also possible in thunderstorms, yesterday quarter inch hail was reported at Crescent Lake and there were 741 lightning strikes in our region. Overnight the thunderstorm threat will end and calmer weather will return.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry