Water Leaders Discuss Drought Concerns

MEDFORD, Ore.– Community water leaders are trying to get the word out about drought conditions and what to expect with dry weather this year. Fire agencies, the Jackson County Watermaster’s Office, and Medford’s National Weather Service were just a few agencies at Wednesday night’s event for a drought discussion. Officials shared information about what the community … Continue reading »

Hay Producers Already Irrigating

APPLEGATE VALLEY, Ore. — The dry weather that has stretched on for months has impacted hay producers who say they have had to irrigate much sooner than usual. In a normal year, a field can produce three harvests of hay and ranchers irrigate after the first cut. This year, producers say they’re just hopeful to … Continue reading »

Thunderstorms into Friday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Isolated thunderstorms have been popping up this afternoon and will continue into this evening ending shortly after sunset. The threat for thunderstorms will be more widespread Friday though coverage will be isolated. Thunderstorms may produce heavy rain, gusty winds and small hail. Overnight into Friday morning snow levels will be between 3,500 and … Continue reading »

Jackson County in State of Emergency

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Commissioners this morning officially declared Jackson County a local disaster zone and approved a request to declare state of emergency for drought. NewsWatch 12’s reporter in the meeting this morning said Commissioners said this year Southern Oregon has seen the least snow pack ever and the smallest amount of precipitation … Continue reading »

Quiet Weather Today & Mild

  WEATHER DISCUSSION High pressure will build into the Northwest today. This is going to keep temperatures very mild and bring quiet weather to our forecast area. Low lying clouds and fog will break and lead to mostly sunny skies for the afternoon. Temperatures will climb into the 50’s & 60’s for the second half … Continue reading »

March Snow Survey Shows Record Low Level

MOUNT ASHLAND, Ore. — Snow is on the ground at Mount Ashland, but not much of it. Officials completed this month’s snow survey and found the Siskiyous are about 10 percent of what’s normal. A snow survey “course” that typically takes skis, or at the very least, snowshoes, to get to, only took hiking boots … Continue reading »

Dry & Mild Weather into the Weekend

  WEATHER DISCUSSION High pressure will remain in control of our weather throughout the weekend. This will bring plenty of sun and also mild temperatures for much of the region. For West Side Valleys, high temperatures are going to be in the lower 60’s Saturday & Sunday. Beginning the second half of Sunday, clouds will … Continue reading »

Ashland Prepared If Dry Weather Lingers

ASHLAND, Ore. — Dry weather has hit southern Oregon hard over the past several months and despite little snow or rain accumulating, City of Ashland officials said their reservoir has twice as much water coming in as going out. High above the city, in the Ashland water shed, sits the main water source for the … Continue reading »

Quiet Weather into the Weekend

      WEATHER DISCUSSION Another round of fog has settled into inland areas. In the Klamath Basin the fog is not as dense as the past few  days so fog will be quicker to burn off this afternoon. Klamath Falls was able to break out of the clouds & fog yesterday and that should … Continue reading »

Drought To Persist or Intensify

WEATHER PATTERN & DROUGHT OUTLOOK Last November I made an extended winter forecast taking an in-depth look at the teleconnections that influence the Pacific Northwest including the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). Our weather pattern included a neutral ENSO and cool phase (negative) of the PDO, which history has … Continue reading »

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