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 »

Warm & Dry Day Ahead

High pressure continues to sit over our region, bringing clear skies to the entire I-5 corridor. A thermal trough has developed to our south and its northern end has moved over Southern Oregon, leading to an offshore wind along the Coastline where temperatures have not dropped below 80 this morning. Sunday afternoon Brookings Airport reached … Continue reading »

Gradual Clearing Today & Warmer

Yesterday’s upper level disturbance has certainly brought cooler temperatures to the region. Just after the showers and storms passed, temperatures dropped dramatically and this morning is already getting off to a cool fall start. Heavy rains fell across the viewing area and flash flooding even brought trouble to Central Point where almost one inch of … Continue reading »

What is the Chetco Effect?

“How does the ‘Chetco Effect’ work?” Danielle Fachet SOU The Chetco Effect is a term to define the phenomenon in which dry adiabatic heating increases the temperature of an air mass as it descends the slopes where the Chetco River creates a valley. The air gets funneled down towards Brookings and is able to heat … Continue reading »

Isolated T-Storms This Weekend

Humidites are very low across the viewing area, although they are slightly higher than yesterday. Scattered showers are beginning to pop up along the Cascades, on the East Side and in Siskiyou County. These dry conditions are due to the offshore flow. Brookings again reached the upper 80′s and a heat advisory is in effect … Continue reading »

Sunny & Warm Start to the Weekend

Still had a slightly offshore flow near Brookings this afternoon, or at least the airport did where temperatures rose to the 80′s while downtown they remained roughly 20 degrees cooler! Temperatures will still be warm in Brookings Friday before the Chetco Effect cranks up again through the weekend. Highs will also remain warm inland, where … Continue reading »

Not as Cold Tonight, Warmer Tomorrow

Offshore flow, also known as the Chetco Effect, warmed Brookings this afternoon to a warm 83 degrees! A stronger pressure gradient also brought gusty winds to the ridges and Coastline. High pressure it still sitting over the region, bringing sunny skies and very dry conditions. Afternoon highs are still remaining very well above average for … Continue reading »

Frost Tonight Then Back to Warm Weather

Today will be coolest day we’ve seen in the last week and tonight a strong inversion will develop leading to the coldest night we’ve seen in over a week for the west side valleys. The cold night on tap has lead the NWS to issue a Freeze Watch for early tomorrow morning for all of … Continue reading »

Cooler & Breezy Into Monday

Temperatures have cooled down almost 10 degrees since Saturday. Afternoon highs were in the 70′s in the valleys compared to the mid 80′s we have been seeing the past two days. By Monday we’ll still remain above average, but drop even more so. Afternoon highs will warm to the mid 60′s and low 70′s. The … Continue reading »

Another Sunny & Warm Day

A weak disturbance passing through the east side today will hold the high pressure offshore which means the Chetco Effect will still be in full-swing today warming Brookings back into the 80s today! For areas on the west side expect to see temperatures right around where we were yesterday just maybe a few degrees warmer. … Continue reading »

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