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 »

California Cracking Down on Fireworks

Yreka, Calif. — CAL FIRE officials say recent high temperatures and drying winds have created extreme fire risks, and has much of Northern California has red flag warnings. Many California counties ban fireworks altogether, and the state has strict guidelines about what fireworks are approved. Under California law, illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial … Continue reading »

Flirting With Records

WEATHER DISCUSSION Although Medford didn’t set a record today, many locations in southern Oregon and northern California did see record setting heat.  It is important to remember that the “records” we saw today are considered unofficial until they confirmed by the National Weather Service.  Triple digit highs were not uncommon in the Rogue Valley or northern California, with … Continue reading »

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