Smoke Travels South as Winds Shift

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Smoke continues to blanket West Side Valleys this morning. Fortunately, winds will be shifting today ..allowing that smoke to make its way south over the next 24 hours. By this afternoon WNW winds will bring smoke into Southern Klamath and Lake Counties and most of Northern California. Readings will likely be poor … Continue reading »

Smoke Changes Direction

WEATHER DISCUSSION After two days of smoke in Southern Oregon, clearing is on the horizon. A weak center of low pressure, sitting off the coast of California, has been the culprit for the all-of-a-sudden change in winds. Counter-clockwise flow around the low was responsible for pulling smoke from the Happy Camp and July Complexes northward … Continue reading »

Air Quality Good, For Now

WEATHER DISCUSSION Light winds out of the southeast kept smoke in Josephine and Curry Counties overnight. The Rogue Valley, the Cascades and the Basin will all see smoke, but not until the winds move out of the south. Current models have both upper level and surface winds out of the south at about 11 a.m. … Continue reading »

Winds Could Impact Fires Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION High pressure ridging will flatten out today over the Northwest, meaning the storm track will inch further south into our region. This is going to allow the storm door to swing open to our north. A front will push through Oregon and Washington, helping to bring in some clouds tonight and some … Continue reading »

Air Quality Still Unhealthy In No. Cal.

WEATHER DISCUSSION Winds continue to blow from the west and southwest, and that has pushed the smoke from the Happy Camp Complex fires into southern Oregon again Thursday.  Air quality has been reading unhealthy across Siskiyou County, and even in Klamath Falls, air quality has been reading unhealthy as well. A cold front passes Friday … Continue reading »

Air Quality Could Fall From 790 Fire

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Air quality is suffering due to the Wildland Fire 790. Levels could potentially reach unhealthly levels and Public health officials encourage residents to take precautions. Areas that are affected are the Klamath Basin, especially Chiloquin and Rocky Point. The fire is not contained and due to variations in the wind, hourly … Continue reading »

Air Quality Impacts Region-Wide

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Winds are out of the West, Southwest allowing smoke to filter over the state border into Southern Oregon. Air quality continues to be poor in Siskiyou County locations and throughout the morning was reading between moderate and unhealthy for sensitive groups across the Valley. Winds will stay out of the west, southwest … Continue reading »

The Haze and Heat Hang Around

WEATHER DISCUSSION Although we saw a break from the smoke and haze for a few days in northern California and southern Oregon, it definitely made a return Wednesday.  In fact, as winds shifted late Tuesday evening, air quality began to decrease in Fort Jones and Etna, and as the sun rose Wednesday, it was evident … Continue reading »

Smoke Still Thick In Siskiyou County

WEATHER DISCUSSION High temperatures were several degrees cooler Friday than Thursday behind a cold front that passed early Friday morning.  We saw mostly sunny skies throughout southern Oregon, but in northern California, smoke impaired visibility in central Siskiyou County.  Air quality in Fort Jones and Etna has been reading in the “very unhealthy” category off … Continue reading »

Beginning a Less Active Pattern

WEATHER DISCUSSION Tuesday evening’s thunderstorms popped up in parts of northern California and east of the Cascades. They were more isolated in nature and did not produce as much lightning as Monday’s storms in Josephine and Jackson Counties.  As the storms exit the region, a more quiet pattern takes over, but not before bringing some cloud cover … Continue reading »

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