Ask the Meteorologist: Chetco Effect

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST  “What is the Chetco Effect?” Gordon Gore, Grants Pass When we sit in high pressure patterns for weeks on end, a very unique, but significant weather pattern can set up at the coast. “The Chetco Effect” will make the temperature at Brookings rise anywhere from 5-25 degrees warmer than areas only a few miles away. … Continue reading »

Quiet Weather With Mild Temperatures

WEATHER DISCUSSION The weather remains quiet today as high pressure sits over the area. Offshore winds have kept fog limited over the West Side and Siskiyou County. Low lying clouds and fog can be seen along the interstate from Douglas County down through Josephine. Also near Cave Junction. Jackson County though, along with the rest … Continue reading »

High Pressure in Full Control

WEATHER DISCUSSION Happy Valentine’s Day Another ridge of high pressure is parked over the region allowing for the familiar pattern of chilly mornings, and warm afternoons. The only change lately is the shift of winds offshore allowing for Brookings to hit an impressive 74 degrees today. The Chetco Effect with offshore flow is set up … Continue reading »

Warming On Up Through the Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION Yes, it will be warming on up through the weekend… (put that to the tune of The Jeffersons theme song).  By the afternoon, it certainly feels nice enough to sing a song, and the summer-like temperatures hang on for the next several days.  After the ridge starts to weaken by the start of next … Continue reading »

Fire Weather Concerns Continue Thursday

WEATHER DISCUSSION A cold front passed through the area Tuesday night, dropping temperatures and humidity and increasing winds.  With gusty winds still in the forecast Thursday, the fire weather warning continues.  It is already in effect for a large portion of southern Oregon and northern California and will expire at 10 PM Thursday. Although temperatures … Continue reading »

Sunny and Warm Through the Work Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION This weekend’s cold front dropped temperatures down to the 80’s, but highs on Labor Day were much warmer.  Lots of sunshine sent temperatures into the lower 90’s in the Rogue Valley, and even along the coast in Brookings, highs were in the upper 80’s.  Warmer temperatures on the coast were due to the … Continue reading »

Quakes, Storms, Heat, and Smoke

WEATHER DISCUSSION Well to say that today has been interesting (weather-wise) is an understatement. Starting early this morning, we have seen many things change with the weather, plus an earthquake in California to top it all off. First, we’ll talk about the earthquake that happened near the San Francisco Bay Area. While not a weather … Continue reading »

Scorching Heat Expected This Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION Summer weather is back and a high pressure ridge is building in. This is evident in the clear skies and warm temperatures that we had on Sunday. Temperatures were anywhere from 5-15 degrees warmer today than just 24 hours ago. The warm spot was at Brookings where a weak Chetco set up is … Continue reading »

Summer Weather is Back

WEATHER DISCUSSION After the rainfall and cloud coverage over the last few days, a high pressure pattern is moving back in. This will clear out the clouds and move in warmer air from the south. Right now, our upper level winds are in a zonal (west-to-east) flow bringing in a little bit of moisture. In … Continue reading »

Active Weather on the Way

WEATHER DISCUSSION It was a summer-like day, with temperatures above average, gusty winds, and abundant sunshine.  However, over the next couple of days, the pattern will be changing as a system off-shore drifts near the region.   By Wednesday, the Chetco Effect will be ending for Brookings.  High pressure will weaken as the approaching low and cold front bring a few … Continue reading »

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