Record Breaking Heat (Officially)

WEATHER DISCUSSION HOT is the word of the week so far and we’re just getting started. Hot air from the south has been moving into our area little-by-little each afternoon. High pressure near Nevada is slowly retrograding back into our region and because of this, hot air is being moved from the Desert Southwest up … Continue reading »

Record Temperatures in Jeopardy

WEATHER DISCUSSION Quite a week we’ve had, weather wise, this week with the hot temperatures to start. Then, we received a weak cold front that lowered temperatures a bit, and brought in afternoon thunderstorms and dry lightning. Some of that dry lightning caused wildfires in Northern California and east of the Cascades. We closed out … 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 Pattern This Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION After a beautiful weekend and a perfect start to summer, active weather will once again return to the region. A broad area of low pressure sitting off the Alaskan Coast is streaming a plume of moisture west towards the States. Clouds will begin moving in tomorrow ahead of a cold front that is … Continue reading »

Late Season Frost in the Basin

WEATHER DISCUSSION After a brutal few weeks with temperatures nearing records, we have centered ourselves in a weather pattern that is promoting cooler, yet comfortable afternoon temperatures. A series of cold front moved through at the beginning of the weekend and brought with it a cool air mass that dropped our afternoon temperatures by 5-20 … Continue reading »

Showers and T-Storms Increase Monday

WEATHER DISCUSSION In the afternoon hours of Sunday, cumulus started to develop across the mountains, basin, and Norther California. At least two lightning strikes were recorded just south of La Pine around 6 p.m. Upper air sounding showing a lot of dry air near the surface, so the majority of this rain is falling and … Continue reading »

T-Storms Developing in the Region

WEATHER DISCUSSION Current radar picking up a well defined line of showers and thunderstorms developing. Instability is greatest in the Klamath Basin today however, we are seeing thunderstorms develop in Siskiyou County as well. The Rogue Valley continued to see mostly sunny skies through Friday because of a warm layer above the surface. Clouds can … Continue reading »

Chances for Showers Diminishing

WEATHER DISCUSSION Models are beginning to trend towards a dryer weekend coming up. At first, showers were expected in all regions. Now, models are indicating that activity will be very light and isolated and will be confined to the mountains, basin, and Siskiyou County. The valleys and the coast will just get some light cloud … Continue reading »

Dry Thunderstorms & the 30/30 Rule

Most of us are familiar with dry thunderstorms – they are defined as thunderstorms that produce little, if any rainfall at all. Typically the rain produced from these storms will evaporate before reaching the ground, simply because the air around Southern Oregon is so dry. With dry thunderstorms comes dry lightning – a term which … Continue reading »

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