Small Changes to Our Inactive Pattern

WEATHER DISCUSSION A small change in the weather pattern occurs today over the region with a weak warm front that will scoot in and drop some light precipitation. Keep in mind that with the ridge overhead, we have dry air over the area so a lot of the rain is falling as virga and evaporating … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Lightning Colors

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What color is lightning?” Ardin, Jewett Elementary When we draw lightning as children, we usually color it as yellow, but lightning actually emits a white light.  It’s very similar to the sun because of its intense heat. The color of lightning can differ, however, based on what is present in the atmosphere … Continue reading »

Foggy & Mostly Cloudy For Thursday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Wednesday morning brought another round of dense fog through the valleys, but by around lunchtime, the fog lifted in most locations.  That didn’t mean that temperatures warmed up, however.  Afternoon highs were still below average for many places in west side valleys due to the high clouds that moved in by the afternoon. … Continue reading »

Valley Fog & Mostly Sunny Skies Continue

WEATHER DISCUSSION The fog Tuesday played a large role in determining temperatures for locations mainly in southern Oregon.  Without the fog present, temperatures reached or surpassed seasonal averages.  However, in Medford, the temperature topped out at 38 degrees, which is well below average for this time of year.  We will see that fog thicken once … Continue reading »

Foggy Mornings & A Mainly Quiet Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION Behind the series of fronts that moved through last weekend, our pattern is reverting back to it’s stagnant ways.  With high pressure strengthening by Tuesday, fog will be likely during the morning hours in our valleys.  With strong temperature inversions, it is possible the fog may not lift until the afternoon.  For the … Continue reading »

Nice and Mild for MLK Day

WEATHER DISCUSSION Showers have all but come to an end over the region, as high pressure slowly starts to creep in. The strong cold front, which brought strong winds and thunderstorms, has cleared the region and we will see calming conditions from here on out through the week. Lights showers are all that’s leftover and … Continue reading »

Another Strong Push of Rain Overnight

WEATHER DISCUSSION Our much needed active pattern continues. Two small low pressure systems promised rain through our region for this weekend. So far, they have not disappointed. Rainfall totals over the last 24 hours have amounted to over 2 inches at some coastal locations. Rainfall amounts of 1/4″ to over an inch an a half … Continue reading »

Rain, But Little Snow For The Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION Thursday night’s cold front brought a decent amount of rainfall to the area.  We saw over two inches in some locations along the coast, between half an inch up to an inch for west side valleys, and around a quarter of an inch or less east of the Cascades.  For the high terrain, … Continue reading »

Rain is Still on Track for the Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION Widespread showers kicked off our Friday in the region bringing a decent amount of rainfall to the area. As of 8:00 a.m. the 24 totals showed up to 2″+ at the coast, up to an inch on the west side, and up to a half an inch east of the Cascades. The front … Continue reading »

Rain/Snow Fri. AM, Then A Brief Break

WEATHER DISCUSSION Right on schedule, the rain showers arrived in southern Oregon and northern California Thursday afternoon.  Those showers will transition to periods of steady rainfall later Thursday night, and by early Friday morning, some snowfall is possible for the high terrain of the Klamath Basin and parts of the Cascades near Crater Lake.  This storm … Continue reading »

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