Josephine County Air Quality Hotline

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County has now set up an air quality hotline with the latest information on Josephine County air quality conditions. This will be a recorded message only, but current residents and those who are traveling to the county for recreation, tourism or other purposes can now call 541-476-9663. This message will … Continue reading »

Calmer Weather for a Few Days

The next low pressure to influence our region is hanging out off-shore and will stay there today bringing a few clouds this afternoon, but still expect mostly sunny skies today with areas of smoke and haze. With calmer, warm and dry weather for a few days fire and smoke activity will increase and air quality … Continue reading »

Calmer Weather Means Increasing Smoke

High pressure will be building over the Southwest which in the past has lead to a heat wave across western states, but the Pacific Northwest will not be joining in the warm-up this week as a trough will move in this week. This trough will pinch the ridge, keeping it further east along with the … Continue reading »

Worst Air Quality in Decades for Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality say air quality this year has reached some of the worst points in decades, but they say making an exact comparison is a bit tricky. Since the 70’s and 80’s, air quality measurements have changed to account for finer and finer particles. The chart above … Continue reading »

Calmer Weather Means Increasing Smoke

Starting this week off with better air quality due to the storms over the weekend dropping plenty of rain and providing rising air which helped to lift out a lot of the smoke that was impacting us the last couple of weeks. With calmer weather settling in the smoke will start to increase and air … Continue reading »

Most Active Thunderstorm Days Ahead

Today and tomorrow will be the most active thunderstorm days with storms popping up around the same time as yesterday and increasing in intensity through the early evening. Expect isolated thunderstorms in Siskiyou county and east of the Cascades by mid-morning becoming more numerous in the afternoon and evening. Storms will hold off until the … Continue reading »

How Long Will Air Quality Be Poor?

Aric Adams Mae Richardson “Since we’ve had ‘Unhealthy’ air quality, how long would it take to get back to normal?” With smoke in the region air quality all depends on where that smoke is. If winds switch direction and if we get decent rain, air quality can change quickly. It can take anywhere from weeks … Continue reading »

Thunderstorm Activity Continues

An upper-low continues to spin disturbances through the viewing area bringing more thunderstorms today through the weekend. The next disturbance will bring thunderstorms as early as early this afternoon in northern California then move into southwest Oregon later in the afternoon. Thunderstorm activity will become more scattered into this evening with thunderstorms ending by or … Continue reading »

Increasing T’Storm Activity

Several hundred cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were reported from last night in our viewing area, and while thunderstorms have died out this morning, the threat is not over. This afternoon thunderstorms will return more scattered than yesterday and overnight. The storm threat exists for the entire region, with a slight chance at the coast. There is … Continue reading »

T-Storm Threat Begins Tuesday

Thunderstorms will become a threat beginning Tuesday. A cut off low is going to hang along the western coast, bringing surges of moisture and several disturbances our way through the week. Storm activity will start off dry tomorrow, and isolated as well. Showers are more likely than thunderstorms, but a surge of moisture will move … Continue reading »

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