The Do’s & Don’ts of Defensible Space

MEDFORD, OR. — With an active fire season likely this year, it’s important we do what we can now to protect our homes and property. Creating defensible space around your home is an easy and effective way to reduce your risk from embers that may escape wildfires this upcoming summer. Simple yard work can go … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Coastal Climates

Ask the Meteorologist Why are the high and low temperatures around Brookings always about the same? Matthew Grigsby, RCC The main influence on coastal climates is the body of water that borders them. For the Oregon Coast, this is the Pacific Ocean. Although West Side Valleys are fairly close to the ocean, in terms of … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist

At what temperature can you see your breath? Kathy Childers Medford   We all know that on a cold morning when you’re outside facing the elements, when exhaling your breath “shows.” In actuality, your breath is “showing” by forming a cloud. The same phenomenon happens from planes, with the air that exits the jet exhaust. … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Mountain Impacts

How are the mountain ranges a factor in the type of weather you may have in a region? Adam Bickel Central Point   The mountains have a tremendous impact on the type of weather a distinct area sees. A perfect example is the Pacific Northwest where mountain ranges can bring inches of rainfall to the … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Thunderstorms

How can you tell if there will be a thunderstorm before hearing any thunder? Nadine Clark Ashland Middle School   There are three things that meteorologists need present in the atmosphere in order for thunderstorms to develop. These are all things that we can find by looking at weather models, or looking at something a … Continue reading »

Sunny & Warm This Weekend

Weak high pressure is now moving in from the West. Say goodbye to those cooler temperatures! More spring or “almost summer” like temperatures are now in place. Clear skies are going to help warm up the afternoons through the weekend. The upper 70′s and low 80′s are expected for all inland areas. Along the Coast … Continue reading »

How Does the Moon Affect the Tides?

How or why does the phase of the moon affect the tides?                                                                                       … Continue reading »