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 »

A Light at the End of the Tunnel

WEATHER DISCUSSION This now marks the seventh day this year that temperatures have climbed above 100 in Medford, but there is an end in sight for the heat.  We will have one or two more days at or near the century mark,  then temperatures drop closer to our seasonal averages.  Unfortunately, our seasonal averages are … Continue reading »

On a Triple Digit Streak

WEATHER DISCUSSION Another day has come and gone and yet again we saw triple digits.  This now makes the sixth day this year that we’ve broken the century mark.  All of those days were in July, so to put that in perspective, that’s almost have of the month so far.  We are expecting to add … Continue reading »

Low Moves Out, High Moves In

WEATHER DISCUSSION An upper level center of low pressure has been sitting off the coast for a few days now, and this is the main culprit for the humid and hot afternoons we’ve been having. The low is now on it’s way out of our region slowly tracking north and east. Models have the low pushing into … Continue reading »

Measurable Rainfall, But Not Much

WEATHER DISCUSSION Thunderstorms and rain showers moved through Friday morning and brought lightning to not only  northern California and the basin, but also The Rogue Valley and coast.  We did see measurable rainfall, but amounts were very small – only .01 of an inch was seen at the airport in Medford, and amounts elsewhere weren’t … Continue reading »

Cloud Cover Keeps Tuesday Cooler

WEATHER DISCUSSION As expected, Tuesday brought isolated thunderstorms to the region, along with a few spotty showers.  Moisture has been streaming in from the south, due to a surface low that has formed in the Southwest.  Abundant cloud cover in place kept temperatures cooler than forecasted, but the cooler temperatures didn’t necessarily mean it was … Continue reading »

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 »

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