Rain and Wind Dominate the Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION A strong ridge of high pressure is sitting off to our southwest and it is positioned just right to allow a large atmospheric river of moisture to pound the region with rainfall. Snow levels have risen above 8,000′ and will continue to hover that high through the end of this event. Therefore, snow … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Flooding

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How do floods happen?” Kason, 3rd Kennedy Elementary Floods are, of course, caused by too much rainfall in either a short amount of time, or too much rain without a place for it to drain.  Sometimes it’s a combination of the two.  In this instance, we are going to talk about what … Continue reading »

Storm Causes Concern for California

CALIFORNIA – 50 year-old rainfall records are being shattered up and down California this morning, but it’s not all good news for the state. The torrential rains are triggering flash floods and mud slides in areas stripped bare by wildfires. The scorched earth of California, suffering through its worst drought in more than a century, … Continue reading »

Mainly Rain for the Showers Coming Up

WEATHER DISCUSSION A deep upper level low is slowly making its way northwest off the Northern Californian coast. As it does, the moisture that it’s pulling from the Pacific is creating quite a hazard for California. Even though the entire state is drought-stricken, the rainfall there is coming down too fast. When this happens, rain … Continue reading »

Ashland Holds Flood Preparation Workshop

ASHLAND, Ore. — Emergency agencies around the Rogue Valley are getting better prepared to fight flooding. More than twenty different local agencies are attending a workshop this week held at the Ashland City Yard on Mountain and B Street. The agencies are from Medford, Ashland, Central Point and Jackson County. Those attending, got hands-on experience … Continue reading »

Burned Areas at Risk of Flash Flooding

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Ca. — Crews and equipment were pulled out of the Happy Camp Complex over the past few days to prepare for rain and flooding. Even though crews are not actively working on the burned areas, they are monitoring the rain. It rained consistently at the Happy Camp Complex Tuesday. Rain was running down … Continue reading »

More Rain on the Way

WEATHER DISCUSSION Our area will experience a very active weather pattern into next week due to a combination of an abundance of tropical moisture being pulled in by the Pineapple Express and several warm and cold fronts that will slide in every few days. Localized flooding is expected, including areas near small shallow streams as … Continue reading »

Clouds Today, Rain & Wind Tonight

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Today will be the last day of mostly dry & quiet weather. Tonight, an area of low pressure will move into the Northwest bringing moderate to heavy rainfall to Southern Oregon. This storm system is going to keep plenty of clouds over the area today with increasing winds into this evening. A … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Flash Flooding

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST How can one inch of rain cause flooding? Meredith Langley, Medford The simple answer to this question is just rain falling at a fast rate. Typically, we see this with thunderstorms and saw it locally over this past summer. About 3″-4″ of water had gathered in downtown Central Point at an intersection … Continue reading »

How Long to Flood a Community?

  “How many day sof rain would it take to cause a community to flood?” Rocky Anderson SOU Flooding can occur any time of the year and can take hours to days to flood a community. In November of 2012 an RV community in Brookings flood due to the Chetco River overflowing after receiving ten … Continue reading »

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