The story today will be the smoky skies seen across our area from the valleys and the basins into California as a system off the coast starts to move inland today continuing to direct smoke into the region. As we head into the afternoon hours the more important story, at least for fires in the area, will be the strong winds.
Sustained winds up to 15 mph are expected east of the Cascades with gusts 25 – 35 mph possible this afternoon. Combined with the low humidity of the area has opted the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning from 2pm – 8pm today. If you recall, a Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occuring now or will be shortly. Remember that Fire Danger Level is a ‘Extreme’ and for a full list of the regulations in effect you can always find the link under ‘Weather Links.’
As we head into tomorrow the winds will shift and a few more areas should see clearer skies, however another low pressure system is going to be moving in off of the coast which could cause winds to hold steady blowing smoke into our area. It’s more of a wait and see how smoke will impact us through midweek.
Tomorrow morning we’ll see cold temperatures in the Klamath Basin yet again with a Freeze Warning and Frost Advisory already in effect for early tomorrow morning. So if you have any senstive plants or animals make sure you bring them in doors or cover them if possible before you head to bed tonight.
As for the end of the week and our Labor Day Weeekend expect to see a warming trend and mostly sunny skies and clear skies return to the area. Besides high gas prices, looks like the holiday weekend will be perfect!
If you missed the Facebook question this week of ‘Why doens’t California get hurricanes while the Atlantic does?’ you can watch the video above! If you have a question you can send it to me at my facebook page and I may answer it on air! Also send in your weather pictures or you enjoy the weather outdoors and I may use it during the morning show!
Thanks for logging on and enjoy your Tuesday!
Meteorologist Megan Parry