Rain Starting to Fizzle Out

WEATHER DISCUSSION We have finally seen the heaviest of rain that will fall with this system. The last 48 hours proved to bring more rain than expected to our region, allowing for a little relief from the extremely dry conditions we’ve seen for a while. Early estimates with this storm were showing less than an … Continue reading »

Fire Season Longer Than Normal This Year

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Fire experts expect the 2014 fire season to be long and active.  The Oregon Department of Forestry said southern Oregon is looking at a longer than normal fire season. Due to the lack of snow pack fuels are extra dry, and meteorologists said they are not tracking a big rain event … Continue reading »

Expecting An Active End to the Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION Showers and storms Friday were few and far between in northern California an southern Lake County.  That’s how it’s going to be Saturday afternoon, so enjoy the relative calm weather we’ll see Saturday before the storms erupt Sunday afternoon. There is a trough of low pressure that is a fair distance offshore, but by … Continue reading »

Another Active Lightning Day

WEATHER DISCUSSION Hundreds of lightning strikes illuminated the landscape this afternoon and evening.  Storms began firing early this afternoon, and continued for several hours.  A fire weather warning is in effect Wednesday, then another becomes effective Thursday afternoon – for good reason.  A handful of fires have already been sparked in northern California and southern Oregon, … Continue reading »

A Few More Days of Lightning and Heat

WEATHER DISCUSSION Tuesday has proved to be a very active day, as predicted.  The area saw over one hundred lightning strikes Tuesday afternoon and evening.  Not only that, but trees were downed in Ashland, and further northeast, hail half an inch in diameter fell near Chemult, blanketing the ground.  Ashland did see some measurable rainfall … Continue reading »

Thunderstorms and Fire Weather

WEATHER DISCUSSION Monday brought a few thunderstorms to the area, and the rain chances and lightning risk return for Tuesday.  Rainfall amounts so far have been low, but a bit of measurable rain is possible locally with Tuesday’s storms.  Temperatures also hover near average and dip back down to the middle 80’s by mid-week, but … Continue reading »

Fire Danger: “Extreme”

WEATHER DISCUSSION Fire danger was moved to “Extreme” or Red for Jackson and Josephine Counties. Consecutive days in the triple digits has dried us out significantly and with the afternoon winds and thunderstorm activity continuing, threat for wildfire and rapid spreading is at an all-time high. High pressure over the region is keeping a lid on the … Continue reading »

Fire Danger Upped To Extreme

WEATHER DISCUSSION It’s not new news that this July has been a particularly hot one.  In fact, half of the days so far this month have breached the one hundred degree mark.  Temperatures were hot again this afternoon, but just below 100 in Medford.  Locations elsewhere, like Montague, did see highs in the triple digits. Today was actually … Continue reading »

Weather Wise: Back to “Normal”

WEATHER DISCUSSION Quite a different show in the weather today as compared to yesterday. Yesterday, a lot of moisture in the atmosphere brought in a large stratus deck that covered most of the forecast area, and thus kept our temperatures a bit cooler. Now, we still had some thunderstorm development in the region, but we … Continue reading »

Thunderstorms Ending By Thursday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Yesterday and into last night, we saw thunderstorms in northern California and the Klamath Basin, extending up into Douglas County as the night progressed.  In fact, the National Weather Service reported 1,500 lightning strikes Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. This afternoon, it was this same area that saw another round of thunder and lightning.  … Continue reading »

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